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By Lewis Richmond

ISBN-10: 1592407471

ISBN-13: 9781592407477

The bestselling writer of Work as a non secular perform presents a user’s existence advisor to getting older good and making each year satisfying and transformative.

Everything adjustments. For Zen Buddhist priest and meditation instructor Lewis Richmond, this primary Buddhist guiding principle is the root for a brand new internal highway map that emerges within the later years, charting an realizing that could convey new probabilities and a wealth of appreciation and gratitude for the lifestyles trip itself.

Aging as a religious Practice is a sensible, compassionate ebook that courses readers in the course of the 4 key phases of aging—such as “Lightning moves” (the second we get up to our aging)—as good because the tactics of adapting to alter, embracing who we're, and appreciating our designated lifestyles chapters. in contrast to many philosophical works on getting older this one accommodates illuminating proof from clinical researchers, medical professionals, and psychologists in addition to contemplative practices and guided meditations. Breath by way of breath, second by way of second, Richmond’s teachings motivate unlimited possibilities for a pleasure that transcends age.

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My dance friends filled in. The worst thing was the fights with my brother and sister. Their idea of solving the problem was to sell the house, take away the car keys, and get Mom and Dad in a nursing home as soon as possible. And they lived right there! ” Anna’s Coming to Terms was fraught with difficulty. “If only things could go back the way they were,” Anna sighed. ” She yearned for the way things were before, for her “old me,” but eventually a time comes when the “old me” is finally ready to go, and the “new me” is ready to settle in.

When we are young we don’t pay too much attention to this, but as we age we have less choice. Change and the steady progression of years begin to dog our footsteps, and we hear that tread behind us with every anniversary and birthday, with every letter or e-mail about a good friend who has become ill, or when a parent has passed on. The challenge of the stage of Adaptation is how well we can adjust and remain flexible as the signs of wear and tear in our world grow more noticeable. One of the clear results of current aging research is that—physically, mentally, and emotionally—those who remain flexible and roll with the punches age the best, stay the healthiest, and live the longest.

One of the clear results of current aging research is that—physically, mentally, and emotionally—those who remain flexible and roll with the punches age the best, stay the healthiest, and live the longest. Adaptation and flexibility are our best strategies for keeping abreast of our aging, and the keys to creating freshness and new opportunities as we age. We need to remember that change works both ways. It is not just wear and tear; it is also new beginnings. Appreciation The oldest person I ever interviewed was Sarah, a dignified woman of 105 who had been an occasional attendee in my meditation group.

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