Aging As A Spiritual Practice

Author : Lewis Richmond
ISBN : 9781101554203
Genre : Self-Help
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The bestselling author of Work as a Spiritual Practice presents a new vision of the aging process, awakening a spirit of fulfillment and transformation. Everything changes. For Buddhist priest and meditation teacher Lewis Richmond, this fundamental Buddhist tenet is the basis for a new inner road map that emerges in the later years, charting an understanding that can bring new possibilities, fresh beginnings, and a wealth of appreciation and gratitude for the life journey itself. In Aging as a Spiritual Practice, Richmond acknowledges the fear, anger, and sorrow many people experience when they must confront the indignities of their aging bodies and the unknowns associated with mortality. This wise, compassionate book guides readers through the four key stages of aging- such as "Lightning Strikes" (the moment we wake up to our aging)-as well as the processes of adapting to change, letting go of who we were, embracing who we are, and appreciating our unique life chapters. Unlike many philosophical works on aging, however, this one incorporates illuminating facts from scientific researchers, doctors, and psychologists, as well as contemplative practices and guided meditations on aging's various challenges and rewards. The tandem of maintaining a healthy body and healthy relationships, infused with an active spiritual life, is explored in rejuvenating detail. Breath by breath, moment by moment, Richmond's teachings inspire limitless opportunities for a joy that transcends age.
Category: Self-Help

Work As A Spiritual Practice

Author : Lewis Richmond
ISBN : 0749919477
Genre : Job satisfaction
File Size : 23.80 MB
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Work as a Spiritual Practice is a major contribution to spiritual writing. It is the first book to show us how to bring heart and soul to the work we do.
Category: Job satisfaction

The Spirituality Of Age

Author : Robert L. Weber
ISBN : 9781620555132
Genre : Self-Help
File Size : 32.31 MB
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A compassionate guide for transforming aging into spiritual growth • Engage with 25 key questions guiding you to mine previously untapped veins of inspiration and courage • Find a constructive role for regret and fear and embrace the freedom to become more fully yourself • Draw from both Eastern and Western spiritual traditions and the latest research in psychological and religious theory to cultivate your spiritual potential As we enter the years beyond midlife, our quest for an approach to aging takes on added urgency and becomes even more relevant in our daily lives. Empowering a new generation of seekers to view aging as a spiritual path, authors Robert Weber and Carol Orsborn reveal that it is by engaging with the difficult questions about loss, meaning, and mortality--questions we can no longer put off or ignore--that we continue to grow. In fact, the realization of our full spiritual potential comes about not by avoiding the challenges aging brings our way but by working through them. Addressing head-on how to make the transition from fears about aging into a fuller, richer appreciation of the next phase of our lives, the authors guide you through 25 key questions that can help you embrace the shadow side of aging as well as the spiritual opportunities inherent in growing older. Sharing their stories and wisdom to both teach and demonstrate what it means to feel energized about the possibilities of your later years, they explore how to find a constructive role for regret, shame, and guilt, realize your value to society, and embrace the freedom of your later years to become more fully yourself. Coming from Catholic Jesuit and Jewish backgrounds respectively, as well as drawing from the latest research in psychological and religious theory, Weber and Orsborn provide their own conversational and candid answers to the 25 key questions, supporting their insightful and compassionate guidance with anecdotes, inspirational readings, and spiritual exercises. By engaging deeply with both the shadow and light sides of aging, our spirits not only learn to cope--but also to soar.
Category: Self-Help

The Grace In Aging

Author : Kathleen Dowling Singh
ISBN : 9781614291503
Genre : Self-Help
File Size : 52.76 MB
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Learn to use your later years for awakening and spiritual growth. Encouraging, inspiring, and practical, The Grace in Aging invites all those who have ever experienced spiritual longing to awaken in their twilight years. Since aging, in and of itself, does not lead to spiritual maturity, The Grace in Aging suggests and explores causes and conditions that we can create in our lives, just as we are living them, to allow awakening to unfold -- transforming the predictable sufferings of aging into profound opportunities for growth in clarity, love, compassion, and peace. Kathleen Dowling Singh streamlines vast and complex teachings into skillful means and wise views. Straightforward language and piercing questions bring Singh's teachings into the sharp focus of our own lives; the contemplative nature of each chapter allows for an uncommon depth of inquiry. Examples from our lives and from the chatter in our own minds touch the reader personally, offering the chance to absorb the implications deeply and do the work of freeing his or her own mind. Ecumenical in spirit, tone, and language, Singh offers wisdom from teachers from a variety of spiritual backgrounds: Thich Nhat Hanh, the Apostles, Annie Dillard, and more. Lessening our attachments, decreasing our aversions, unbinding what binds us, we bear witness to the possibility of awakening for all beings. The Grace in Aging offers guidelines for older individuals of any wisdom tradition who wish to awaken before they die; no need for caves or seven-year retreats. This is spiritual practice for the lives we live.
Category: Self-Help

The Gift Of Years

Author : Joan Chittister
ISBN : 0232527504
Genre : Aging
File Size : 24.27 MB
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Not only accepting but celebrating getting old, this inspirational and illuminating work looks at the many facets of the aging process, from purposes and challenges to struggles and surprises.
Category: Aging

Contemplative Aging

Author : Edmund Sherman
ISBN : 9781884092268
Genre : Philosophy
File Size : 26.72 MB
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Contemplative Aging is for men and women age 60 and beyond who want to experience a more peaceful, aware way of being through contemplative practices and transcend the many causes of suffering inherent in later life. It presents a way of being that has received little attention in most popular and professional books on aging, yet adds a different and deeper dimension to complement and strengthen the active, healthy older age promoted in the popular media. Contemplative Aging also provides a contemplative way of dealing with the and transcending many of the physical decrements and emotional losses of loved ones that are so much a part of later life. Extensive research evidence exists for achieving such a way of life – called “gerotranscendence” – which is clearly described in Contemplative Aging along with the psychological and philosophical foundations and practices that can lead to the existential and spiritual benefits of gerotranscendence. Based on the author’s ongoing work with older adults and the timeless literature on contemplative traditions throughout the world – expressed by poets, psychologists, philosophers, mystics, and rationalists – Dr. Sherman presents a range of contemplative practice methods and exercises designed for individuals already 60 years or older and the millions of “baby boomers” about to enter their later years of life.
Category: Philosophy

A Whole Life S Work

Author : Lewis Richmond
ISBN : 0743451309
Genre : Religion
File Size : 63.55 MB
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Invites readers to regard work as a purposeful definition of one's life, offering advice on how to balance achievement and personal happiness through an examination of eight interconnected work identities.
Category: Religion

Aging Wisely

Author : Viola Mecke, PhD, ABPP
ISBN : 9781493114276
Genre : Self-Help
File Size : 63.45 MB
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Growing older brings many thoughts of “I wish I knew that before.” Th is book provides information to help us age as well as possible. Surprisingly, our feelings do not age. Pleasure and contentment interface loneliness, loss, fears and sorrow. At a time when life is thought easier, new problems and situations that are challenging arise. Four stages of aging include the initiation to aging at about fi fty years of age, changes in life following retirement, a gradual acceptance of being older, and the fi nal years of eighty-fi ve and older.
Category: Self-Help

Wine At The End Of The Feast

Author : Kristen Johnson Ingram
ISBN : 0829419365
Genre : Religion
File Size : 81.51 MB
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Discussions of love and loss, fear and faith, death and dignity show how one's relationship to faith changes as one ages. She shows how one's spirituality deepens and that these years bring peace.
Category: Religion

Conscious Living Conscious Aging

Author : Ron Pevny
ISBN : 9781582704388
Genre : Family & Relationships
File Size : 33.99 MB
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"As the baby boomer population begins to retire healthier than any generation before them, retirement is about to look a whole lot different. No longer are seniors satisfied with their retirement years being defined by wasting away their days on the porch or puttering around the house. In Conscious Living, Conscious Aging, Ron Pevny presents an empowering vision and practical tools that help one to age consciously for a passionate, fulfilling second half of life. This contemporary model for aging focuses on the potential for growth, passion, purpose, service, and spiritual exploration while also offering wisdom for dealing with inevitable losses. Conscious Living, Conscious Aging helps readers: -Identify unfulfilled goals; -Find ways to contribute their skills to society; -And, spend their retirement years as a time of profound personal development. Today, retirement presents a whole new opportunity to engage with life, community, and the world with vigor. Don't merely grow old, age consciously"--
Category: Family & Relationships