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 pleasurable and transformative.
Everything adjustments. For Zen Buddhist priest and meditation instructor Lewis Richmond, this primary Buddhist guiding principle is the foundation for a brand new internal street map that emerges within the later years, charting an figuring out which could carry new chances and a wealth of appreciation and gratitude for the existence trip itself.
Aging as a non secular Practice is a sensible, compassionate ebook that courses readers during the 4 key levels of aging—such as “Lightning moves” (the second we get up to our aging)—as good because the procedures of adapting to alter, embracing who we're, and appreciating our detailed existence chapters. in contrast to many philosophical works on getting older this one contains illuminating proof from medical researchers, medical professionals, and psychologists in addition to contemplative practices and guided meditations. Breath through breath, second through second, Richmond’s teachings motivate unlimited possibilities for a pleasure that transcends age.
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He stayed there as long as it took for me to finally drag myself out of bed. My son, who was nine, had been told only that I was ill and would get better before too long. He didn’t question that, but he could see how weak I was and he was a smart boy. ” I’d put a blanket over my head and growl like a bear, and we wrestled. Now I was too weak to play. ” I assured him I would. That’s how Ivan dealt with my cancer. As the weeks of treatment stretched into months, I became depressed. Some of that was a chemical effect of the drugs and some was a feeling that the long ordeal would never end, or if it did it would not end well.
Can you dig down to that deeper emotion and see if you can identify what caused it or what it is about? Each of us has some version of Marcia’s Medicare card, some event, perhaps half-forgotten, that connects our aging with some powerful emotion. If your primary emotion is positive—if you are feeling contentment or gratitude—reflect on the process that got you there. With Anna, whose parents had Alzheimer’s, gratitude or contentment came at the end of a longer story, and so it is for each of us.
Throughout this book, these two aspects will appear in various guises and voices. That was the case with Alan and Christina, a married couple who stumbled into the thicket of aging one morning when the telephone rang. Alan and Christina I first met them at a fund-raiser for a Buddhist group they belonged to. They were an outgoing, friendly couple who both looked to be in their fifties. Alan was a tall, athletically built man with salt-and-pepper hair. After a few minutes of conversation I learned that he was a high school history teacher and track coach.