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Aging with Wisdom

Reflections, Stories and Teachings
Paperback Book
Publisher: 
Monkfish
 | 
November, 2017
ISBN:
9781939681713
In stock now: 
2
$24.50 CAD
Banyen's Description: 

Drawing deeply on her own experiences as well as stories and studies about aging from other cultures, Hoblitzelle explores the ways that readers can nourish their inner lives and spirit even as their bodies’ age and facilities diminish. Hoblitzelle stresses the reflective nature of the aging process: noticing how the body changes can provide space for reflection on life’s gifts and challenges, and aging often brings family members together, creating an opportunity to heal broken relationships.

My assumption is that, with the inevitable diminishments of age, the inner life calls. The more resilient our spiritual life—whatever form it takes—the greater our inner resources for handling whatever comes our way. The elder stage of life is a time for consolidating, reflecting, and diving deeply into the realms of spirit we may or may not have had the time or inclination to pursue until now.

 She offers seven guidelines to being attentive to the gifts that grow more valuable with age: spiritual orientation, practice of silence, practice of mindfulness, practice of stopping, finding the sacred in the commonplace, meditation, and the practice of gratitude. She also shares the stories of six “wayshowers,” individuals whose stories illustrate aging with compassion. This heartfelt book invites inspiring reflections on finding beauty in aging, facing death with dignity, and rejoicing in earthly blessings.

Olivia has put together a medley of sincere personal reflections, poetry, scriptures from different spiritual traditions, and insights of ancient and contemporary sages

 

As we age, grow ill, and face death, are we suffering more than we need to? Wisdom is the insightful seeing and understanding that enables us to face joy and sorrow—and go beyond both. For me, this collection of writings is a Yogic Manual: words designed to help awaken the wisdom that lies dormant in each and every one of us. Dear reader, you are in very good hands, indeed. —Larry Rosenberg, from the foreword

Aging with Wisdom is that invaluable guide to the inevitable (if we're lucky) process of aging with dignity and grace. Olivia Ames Hoblitzelle is a writer and dharma teacher. Her first book, Ten Thousand Joys & Ten Thousand Sorrows: A Couple's Journey Through Alzheimer's won many awards.

Publisher’s Description: 

How do we enter our elder years with openness, curiosity, and engagement? A central assumption of this book is that deepening one's inner life is central to wellbeing in later life. Combining elements of memoir and inspiring examples of lives well lived, Aging with Wisdom is that invaluable guide to the inevitable (if we're lucky) process of aging with dignity and grace. Olivia Ames Hoblitzelle is a writer and dharma teacher. Her bestselling first book, Ten Thousand Joys & Ten Thousand Sorrows: A Couple's Journey Through Alzheimer's won many awards.

"Opens the door to aging's wisdom and love in a beautiful and heartfelt way." - Jack Kornfield, author of A Path with Heart

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