The Grace in Aging

Author: Kathleen Dowling Singh
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 9781614291503
Release Date: 2014-08-05
Genre: Self-Help

Learn to use your later years for awakening and spiritual growth. Encouraging, inspiring, and practical, The Grace in Aging invites all those who have ever experienced spiritual longing to awaken in their twilight years. Since aging, in and of itself, does not lead to spiritual maturity, The Grace in Aging suggests and explores causes and conditions that we can create in our lives, just as we are living them, to allow awakening to unfold -- transforming the predictable sufferings of aging into profound opportunities for growth in clarity, love, compassion, and peace. Kathleen Dowling Singh streamlines vast and complex teachings into skillful means and wise views. Straightforward language and piercing questions bring Singh's teachings into the sharp focus of our own lives; the contemplative nature of each chapter allows for an uncommon depth of inquiry. Examples from our lives and from the chatter in our own minds touch the reader personally, offering the chance to absorb the implications deeply and do the work of freeing his or her own mind. Ecumenical in spirit, tone, and language, Singh offers wisdom from teachers from a variety of spiritual backgrounds: Thich Nhat Hanh, the Apostles, Annie Dillard, and more. Lessening our attachments, decreasing our aversions, unbinding what binds us, we bear witness to the possibility of awakening for all beings. The Grace in Aging offers guidelines for older individuals of any wisdom tradition who wish to awaken before they die; no need for caves or seven-year retreats. This is spiritual practice for the lives we live.

The Grace in Living

Author: Kathleen Dowling Singh
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 9781614292852
Release Date: 2016-11-01
Genre: Body, Mind & Spirit

Bestselling author Kathleen Dowling Singh (The Grace in Dying) presents an opportunity to view and reflect upon our lives in a new way—as an already unfolding awakening. Kathleen Dowling Singh invites us to enter into an awakened relationship with our lives by exploring our own spiritual biography. Her thoughtful reflections and exercises guide us through the process, step-by-step, of recognizing the ever-presence of grace in our lives and learning to trust it and live from it. This book also offers accounts from renowned teachers, including Rodney Smith, Cynthia Bourgeault, and Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee, as well as other long-time practitioners. These intimate first-person accounts offer rare glimpses into early spiritual yearnings, struggles, and realizations—and serve as encouragement and inspiration for us to rediscover our own.

Unbinding

Author: Kathleen Dowling Singh
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 9781614294450
Release Date: 2017-10-03
Genre: Religion

An invitation to everyday mystics: unbind yourself from the causes of suffering and step into grace. “We all want the freedom of sanity and peace, the undefended inclusiveness of love. We all want refuge in grace.” —Kathleen Dowling Singh, from her introduction to Unbinding Unbinding is a spacious and sophisticated unfolding of one of Buddhism’s subtlest foundational teachings—the truth of dependent origination—offered in an utterly intimate voice. Kathleen Dowling Singh offers lyrical reflections on timeless truths and contemplative exercises accessible to anyone, opening the door of insight to all. Drawing on the language and teachings of Buddhism, Unbinding invites everyday mystics from all traditions—or none—to encounter the sacred and experience grace firsthand. Singh shows how illusions of ego obscure our true, unbounded nature and trap us in suffering—as she helps the reader move ever more deeply into living from gratitude, wisdom, and love.

Aging as a Spiritual Journey

Author: Eugene C. Bianchi
Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
ISBN: 9781610975469
Release Date: 2011-07-01
Genre: Social Science

Bianchi's wide-ranging book draws together insights from the social sciences, the humanities, and religion to establish a holistic framework for a spirituality of aging. He argues that middle life and late adulthood present opportunities for turning inward for a deeper contemplative life within the context of active, worldly endeavors. This can also augur a reform of social relationships--beyond individual development alone--toward the creation of a more cooperative, just society. In this way, physical decline is countered by a spiritual ascent. He summons aging persons, fortified with universal values and concerns gained from age and experience, to return to the centers of decision making. Throughout, the author ponders such questions as personal power, identity, fear, freedom, contemplation, sexuality, the church, faith, suffering, and hope. In candid interviews, older religious leaders reflect on their early value formation, personal traumas, choice of careers, midlife transitions, experiences of old age, and the prospect of death. In dwelling mainly on human spiritual dilemmas of the aging cycle, Bianchi offers a strong, clear message of hope--one that stands against the tide of our culture which tends to shunt older people to the outer eddies of life's stream. Aging as a Spiritual Journey is immensely valuable to all laypersons and those in the helping professions who are concerned about the quality of the aging process.

Creative Aging

Author: Marjory Zoet Bankson
Publisher: SkyLight Paths Publishing
ISBN: 9781594732812
Release Date: 2010
Genre: Business & Economics

Explores the spiritual dimensions of retirement and aging and offers creative ways for you to share your gifts and experience, particularly when retirement leaves you questioning who you are when you are no longer defined by your career.

Wine at the End of the Feast

Author: Kristen Johnson Ingram
Publisher: Loyola Press
ISBN: 0829419365
Release Date: 2003
Genre: Religion

Discussions of love and loss, fear and faith, death and dignity show how one's relationship to faith changes as one ages. She shows how one's spirituality deepens and that these years bring peace.

Quotes on the Beauty of Aging

Author: Laura Wertz
Publisher: RicherResourcesPublications
ISBN: 9780977626939
Release Date: 2005-04-30
Genre: Family & Relationships

Mankind has long sought answers to the questions of his own mortality. Time and again, this led inevitably to the broader questions of life itself, and therein lies the common denominator of man's wisdom on aging. Philosophers from Diogenes to Dylan each have their own statements on the matter but they seem to agree on one thing. Aging is a part of living. Aging doesn't mean getting old. All will age. We begin aging from the time we are born. But we only begin to get old when we no longer find beauty in living and reasons to live. These pages contain 2500 years of wisdom poignantly illustrated by an artist ho herself remained young all her life, right on up to the age of 87. Richer Resources Publications is pleased to add this latest title to their Greatest Quotes Series of books.

The Wonder of Aging

Author: Michael Gurian
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 9781476706719
Release Date: 2013-06-18
Genre: Self-Help

Bestselling author and renowned family counselor Michael Gurian teaches you how to embrace aging and life after fifty through this spiritual and comprehensive guide. The topic of aging after fifty is frequently only discussed in terms of health—what are the physical symptoms that come with advanced age, and what can we do about them? The Wonder of Aging, however, aims to look at aging in a new way—as something that is positive, showing how miraculous our second half of life can be. Gurian divides life after fifty into four stages: Stage 1: The Age of Transformation. This is the stage of life from the late forties to approximately sixty. Stage 2: The Age of Distinction. This stage of life lasts from approximately sixty to seventy-five. Stage 3: The Age of Completion. This stage involves completing our life-journey, both together (if we are still coupled) and alone, if our spouse has passed on or if we are divorced. He developed these stages in response to both scientific and anthropological information, and in response to the needs of his clients, who sought help in understanding where they were and what to expect in the second half of life. With updated research and anecdotes to help you discover a new paradigm for aging, you can understand how aging affects you physically, mentally, relationally, and spiritually, and how to celebrate these changes holistically and healthfully.

The Grace in Dying

Author: Kathleen D. Singh
Publisher: Harper Collins
ISBN: 9780062316318
Release Date: 2013-08-06
Genre: Self-Help

In this brilliantly conceived and beautifully written book, Kathleen Dowling Singh illuminates the profound psychological and spiritual transformations experiences by the dying as the natural process of death reconnects them with the source of their being. Examining the end of life in the light of current psychological understanding, religious wisdom, and compassionate medical science, The Grace of Dying offers a fresh, deeply comforting message of hope and courage as we contemplate the meaning of our mortality. While the prevailing Western medical tradition has seen death as an enemy to be fought and overcome, Singh offers a richer and more rewarding path of understanding. Combining extensive training and education in developmental psychology with profound spiritual insight, she balances expert analysis with moving accounts drawn from her experiences working with hundreds of dying patients at a large hospice. Singh moves beyond the five stages of dying revealed in Kübler-Ross's classic On Death and Dying, and finds in the "nearing death experience" even more significant and forming stages of surrender and transcendence. These stages involve the qualities of grace: letting go, radiance, focusing inward, silence, a sense of the sacred, wisdom, intensity, and, in the end, a merging with Spirit. Through this intense process, we come to experience at last the reality of our true self, which transcends our finite ego and bodily existence, and our merging with the source of being from which we originated. Dying is safe. In clear, nontechnical language, Singh reveals the transformations that come with dying, using the vocabulary of growing Western, as well as Eastern, wisdom. Written for those aware that their life is coming to an end, those who care for the dying, and, ultimately, for all of us who inevitably face our owndeath and the deaths of the people we love, The Grace in Dying reveals that dying is the most transforming, powerful, and spiritually rich of life's experiences.

The Gift of Years

Author: Joan Chittister
Publisher: Darton Longman and Todd
ISBN: 0232527504
Release Date: 2008
Genre: Aging

Not only accepting but celebrating getting old, this inspirational and illuminating work looks at the many facets of the aging process, from purposes and challenges to struggles and surprises.

The Spirituality of Age

Author: Robert L. Weber
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 9781620555132
Release Date: 2015-09-17
Genre: Self-Help

A compassionate guide for transforming aging into spiritual growth • Engage with 25 key questions guiding you to mine previously untapped veins of inspiration and courage • Find a constructive role for regret and fear and embrace the freedom to become more fully yourself • Draw from both Eastern and Western spiritual traditions and the latest research in psychological and religious theory to cultivate your spiritual potential As we enter the years beyond midlife, our quest for an approach to aging takes on added urgency and becomes even more relevant in our daily lives. Empowering a new generation of seekers to view aging as a spiritual path, authors Robert Weber and Carol Orsborn reveal that it is by engaging with the difficult questions about loss, meaning, and mortality--questions we can no longer put off or ignore--that we continue to grow. In fact, the realization of our full spiritual potential comes about not by avoiding the challenges aging brings our way but by working through them. Addressing head-on how to make the transition from fears about aging into a fuller, richer appreciation of the next phase of our lives, the authors guide you through 25 key questions that can help you embrace the shadow side of aging as well as the spiritual opportunities inherent in growing older. Sharing their stories and wisdom to both teach and demonstrate what it means to feel energized about the possibilities of your later years, they explore how to find a constructive role for regret, shame, and guilt, realize your value to society, and embrace the freedom of your later years to become more fully yourself. Coming from Catholic Jesuit and Jewish backgrounds respectively, as well as drawing from the latest research in psychological and religious theory, Weber and Orsborn provide their own conversational and candid answers to the 25 key questions, supporting their insightful and compassionate guidance with anecdotes, inspirational readings, and spiritual exercises. By engaging deeply with both the shadow and light sides of aging, our spirits not only learn to cope--but also to soar.

Serenity

Author: David Brady
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 9781682613252
Release Date: 2016-12-13
Genre: Self-Help

How do you find ways to cope, stay happy, be productive, and find a purpose when you’re facing emotional or financial issue during the later stages of life? In his new book, Serenity: Aging with Dignity, Living with Grace, award-winning film and television producer David Brady, chronicles his life-altering experience of surviving a catastrophic brain injury, the result of which, would have left others permanently incapacitated. He is no quitter and in this compelling and honest account of his harrowing experience, he will guide readers through the stages and steps he had to take to overcome obstacles and find peace of mind, prosperity, and real happiness in the second half of life.

The Art of Growing Old

Author: Marie De Hennezel
Publisher:
ISBN: 1410449025
Release Date: 2012
Genre: Psychology

Offers advice for positively living with the aging process through anecdotes and examples from the author's work with the elderly, counseling readers to face up to the real problems of aging in order to remain youthful in spirit.

Conscious Living Conscious Aging

Author: Ron Pevny
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 9781582704388
Release Date: 2014-10-07
Genre: Family & Relationships

"As the baby boomer population begins to retire healthier than any generation before them, retirement is about to look a whole lot different. No longer are seniors satisfied with their retirement years being defined by wasting away their days on the porch or puttering around the house. In Conscious Living, Conscious Aging, Ron Pevny presents an empowering vision and practical tools that help one to age consciously for a passionate, fulfilling second half of life. This contemporary model for aging focuses on the potential for growth, passion, purpose, service, and spiritual exploration while also offering wisdom for dealing with inevitable losses. Conscious Living, Conscious Aging helps readers: -Identify unfulfilled goals; -Find ways to contribute their skills to society; -And, spend their retirement years as a time of profound personal development. Today, retirement presents a whole new opportunity to engage with life, community, and the world with vigor. Don't merely grow old, age consciously"--

The Hammer of God

Author: Bo Giertz
Publisher: Augsburg Books
ISBN: 080665130X
Release Date: 2004-12
Genre: Self-Help

A classic Swedish novel about love, faith and spiritual renewal told in the form of a mystery novel.