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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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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- Rizalina C. Galicinao

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

Book Details

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