Aging as a Spiritual Practice

  • by Lewis Richmond
  • Narrated by Fred Sullivan
  • 6 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Everything changes. For Buddhist priest and meditation teacher Lewis Richmond, this fundamental Buddhist tenet is the basis for a new inner road map that emerges in the later years, charting an understanding that can bring new possibilities, fresh beginnings, and a wealth of appreciation and gratitude for the life journey itself.
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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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

A must read for all of us who are aging.

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, because aging can be so difficult for some people.

Who was your favorite character and why?

It's not that kind of book.

Have you listened to any of Fred Sullivan’s other performances before? How does this one compare?


Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

There were many but the suggestion of the calm lake meditation is the most useful for me.

Any additional comments?

I bought the book to be able to study this more thoroughly and I'm listening to it a 2nd time. It is a book that I will listen to and read again as I age.

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- Sandra

Graceful aging

Would you listen to Aging as a Spiritual Practice again? Why?

Definitely. Along with Falling Upward by Richard Rohr, this book makes me laugh, cry, smile and frown. I bought the book to give as a present which has the most wonderfully designed cover.

What did you like best about this story?

The buddhist perspective described from a true experiential sense and by some one who authentically practices.

What about Fred Sullivan’s performance did you like?

He encompassed the 'voice' of the author.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I suppose . . . However, i listen to books as a commuter. So, over three days i listened to the whole book and looked forward to my commute because i was listening to this book.

Any additional comments?

I love that i have the Audible App on my iPhone. I have bluetooth in my Kia Soul and it syncs with my iPhone! I love technology that works together! Thank you Audible!

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- J Zimmer

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-01-2012
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.