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By Lewis Richmond

The bestselling writer of Work as a non secular perform presents a user’s lifestyles consultant 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 guideline is the root for a brand new internal street map that emerges within the later years, charting an knowing which can carry new percentages and a wealth of appreciation and gratitude for the lifestyles trip itself.

Aging as a religious Practice is a smart, compassionate booklet that publications 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 existence chapters. not like many philosophical works on getting older this one contains illuminating evidence from clinical researchers, medical professionals, and psychologists in addition to contemplative practices and guided meditations. Breath by way of breath, second by means of second, Richmond’s teachings motivate unlimited possibilities for a pleasure that transcends age.

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Many of the fears and worries—as well as the joys and rewards—of aging are mine also. I have had to grapple with the illness and death of parents, the sudden demise of friends younger than I, my own serious illnesses, loss of youthful vigor and sense of open-ended possibility—experiences that may be familiar to you. We are all walking this path together. It is the road that those of us fortunate enough to have lived this long must take. The seeds of Aging as a Spiritual Practice were planted when I started looking for ways to connect my Buddhist spiritual life with my own experience of aging.

Finding this kind of connection is something I have done before. Twelve years ago, when I was working as a corporate executive, I looked around at my work environment, observed the difficulties my coworkers had in coping with uncertainty and stress, and wondered if Buddhist meditation could help people—myself included—transform their workplace experiences. From that seminal question came my first book, Work as a Spiritual Practice: A Practical Guide to Inner Growth and Satisfaction on the Job, which was published in 1999.

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. For Anna that happened the day she was talking alone with her parents’ doctor.

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