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Aging as a Spiritual Practice

A Contemplative Guide to Growing Older and Wiser
Paperback Book
Publisher: 
Gotham
 | 
January, 2013
ISBN:
9781592407477
Quantity: 
2
$22.00 CAD
Banyen's Description: 

The author of Work as a Spiritual Practice presents a fresh, earthy vision of the aging process, awakening a spirit of fulfillment and transformation.

Everything changes. For Zen Buddhist priest and meditation teacher Lew Richmond, this fundamental Buddhist truth is the basis for an 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.

Articulating our inevitable failure to manage, even defeat, aging and mortality,Lewis Richmond offers a practical, step-by-step set of attitudes and practices that open the reader to philosophical maturation, a proactive engagement with the meaning of one’s changing state, and the attainment of personal dignity through our shared journey into mystery.” —James Hollis, Jungian analyst and author of Finding Meaning in the Second Half of Life

Publisher’s Description: 
The bestselling author of Work as a Spiritual Practice presents a users life guide to aging well and making every year fulfilling and transformative.

Everything changes. For Zen 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 and a wealth of appreciation and gratitude for the life journey itself.

Aging as a Spiritual Practice is a wise, compassionate book that guides readers through the four key stages of agingsuch as Lightning Strikes (the moment we wake up to our aging)as well as the processes of adapting to change, embracing who we are, and appreciating our unique life chapters. Unlike many philosophical works on aging this one incorporates illuminating facts from scientific researchers, doctors, and psychologists as well as contemplative practices and guided meditations. Breath by breath, moment by moment, Richmonds teachings inspire limitless opportunities for a joy that transcends age.

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