Aging as A Spiritual Practice

A Contemplative Guide to Growing Older and Wiser
Richmond, L. (Book - 2012)
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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.
Authors: Richmond, L. (Lewis), 1947-
Title: Aging as a spiritual practice
a contemplative guide to growing older and wiser
Publisher: New York : Gotham Books, c2012.
Characteristics: xi, 243 p. ;,20 cm.
Contents: Introduction: growing older & wiser
Lightning strikes
Stages of aging
I like growing old
I don't like growing old
The science of healthy aging
What Buddhism teaches
Conquering the five fears
Giving back
Touching divine nature
What doctors know
A day away: preparation
A day away: the morning
A day away: the afternoon
Final thoughts.
Local Note: 1 6 27 53 118 148 149 152 173 193 210 216 222 226 231 243 264
ISBN: 1592406904
Statement of Responsibility: Lewis Richmond
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references (p. 242-243).
Subject Headings: Spiritual life Buddhism. Aging Religious aspects Buddhism.
Topical Term: Spiritual life
LCCN: 2011032723
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I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. Very insightful into the process of aging and how we as individuals all look at it differently. Richmond not only shows us the up and down side of aging, with examples of people he interviewed but provides many solutions to embracing this part of our life with gratitude. Some great quotes from his teachers. Well worth your time to read.

A lovely book.
A must for all over 50's.


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