From a Buddhist Perspective …
Aging as a Spiritual Practice
We can’t escape the process of getting older. But for those who embrace it with awareness and gratitude, it can bestow unrivaled gifts.
Interview with Lewis Richmond —Suzanne Gerber, Next Avenue’s Living & Learning editor
Q: You call your book a guide for gracious aging. In it, you say this stage of life is an ideal time for cultivating a spiritual practice and getting more in touch with one’s inner life. Why now?
A: Everyone needs to feel that their life has purpose and meaning. It’s one of life’s basic needs. It is only when we have lived a full life and the time of elderhood is dawning that its deepest meaning begins to appear.
Of course, aging has its share of losses. One is the loss of earlier identities: job, career, family, relationships and so on. The challenge of aging is to keep building new identities, through volunteer work, a different career, avocations, new friends, new vistas and new interests. One of the phrases I hear a lot is “giving back.” Even though certain aspects of our body and mind decline as we age, the opportunity to give back can expand and grow
Link to Book Review: Aging as a Spiritual Practice: A Contemplative Guide to Growing Older and Wiser
Link to You Tube Aging As Spiritual Practice with Lewis Richmond