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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 listeners 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.
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By Rizalina C. Galicinao on 06-18-17
Aging as a Spiritual Practice ensures a life fulfilled.
This book truly reinforced my way of life as an aging elder. I agree whole heartedly with the author's encouragement that the elderly still have much to offer in their remaining years of life. They can enhance their way of life by training themselves to silence all the exterior unnecessary noise. We will make better decisions and more fully align our activities with basic loves, talents and interests which evolved over the decades of life experiences. From my own experience, I feel that quieting my own mind has made my relationship with others so much more rewarding.
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By Randall T. Schultz on 07-30-18
An Invitation to enjoy the Final Chapters of Life
Although I didn’t do any of the contemplative practices presented at the end of each chapter, I do feel that this book was valuable in that it reminded me of the importance of paying attention to even the smallest elements of daily life. Being aware and open to all feelings and thoughts, no matter how negative or upsetting they may be, is not only relaxing but can bring about acceptance of the aging process and help build a sense of satisfaction as one nears the end of life.