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This is Getting Old

Zen Thoughts on Aging with Humor and Dignity
Paperback Book
Publisher: 
Shambhala
 | 
June, 2010
ISBN:
9781590307762
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In her signature wry voice, Susan Moon addresses the experience everyone is afraid to talk about, but from which no one will be spared: getting older. In this warm and funny collection of essays on the sometimes confusing, sometimes poignant, sometimes hilarious condition of being a woman over sixty, Susan keeps her sense of humor and her reader fully engaged.

This is Getting Old addresses everything from her physical body to her changing relationships with her spirituality. A longtime practitioner of Zen Buddhism, she finds herself sitting on a chair for the first time because sitting on the floor in lotus position is now torture on her knees.

It’s a constant process, letting go of what you can no longer do, and stretching yourself to do what you can.

Then there’s the search for her “Codger Right,” and wondering, will she ever have sex again? And does she even care?  She includes a letter of gratitude to her bones for serving as well as they do; observations on the paradox of finding herself both an orphan and a matriarch following the death of her mother; musings on her tendency to regret missed opportunities; confessions of her fear of going blind; celebratory advice on regarding “senior moments” as opportunities to be in the here and now; thoughts on how not to be afraid of loneliness and how to honor the inner tomboy; and inspiration for considering everyone as one’s grandchildren.

This is Getting Old is not just about what we lose as we get older—it’s also about the gifts that time, experience, and perspective can give us. Moon never fails to marvel at the spiritual lessons she’s learning in her seventh decade. No matter how old she gets, Moon reflects, she will always be curious about the mystery of life. Now more than ever, she finds herself living fully, wonderfully in the present moment.

Publisher’s Description: 

In this intimate and funny collection of essays on the sometimes confusing, sometimes poignant, sometimes hilarious condition of being a woman over sixty, Susan Moon keeps her sense of humor and she keeps her reader fully engaged. Among the pieces she has included here are an essay on the gratitude she feels for her weakening bones; observations on finding herself both an orphan and a matriarch following the death of her mother; musings on her tendency to regret the past; thoughts on how not to be afraid of loneliness; appreciation for the inner tomboy; and celebratory advice on how to regard "senior moments" as opportunities to be in the here and now.

In this warm and funny collection of essays on the sometimes confusing, sometimes poignant, sometimes hilarious condition of being a woman over sixty, Susan Moon keeps her sense of humor and her reader fully engaged. She includes a letter of gratitude to her bones for serving as well as they do; observations on the paradox of finding herself both an orphan and a matriarch following the death of her mother; musings on her tendency to regret missed opportunities; confessions of her fear of going blind; celebratory advice on regarding senior moments as opportunities to be in the here and now; thoughts on how not to be afraid of loneliness and how to honor the inner tomboy; and inspiration for considering everyone as ones grandchildren.

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