By Lewis Richmond
The bestselling writer of Work as a non secular perform presents a user’s lifestyles advisor to getting older good and making each year gratifying and transformative.
Everything alterations. For Zen Buddhist priest and meditation instructor Lewis Richmond, this primary Buddhist guiding principle is the foundation for a brand new internal highway map that emerges within the later years, charting an knowing which can convey new chances and a wealth of appreciation and gratitude for the existence trip itself.
Aging as a non secular Practice is a sensible, compassionate e-book that publications readers throughout the 4 key levels of aging—such as “Lightning moves” (the second we get up to our aging)—as good because the approaches of adapting to alter, embracing who we're, and appreciating our specific existence chapters. not like many philosophical works on getting older this one contains illuminating evidence from clinical researchers, medical professionals, and psychologists in addition to contemplative practices and guided meditations. Breath via breath, second by way of second, Richmond’s teachings motivate unlimited possibilities for a pleasure that transcends age.
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She wrote to me, saying, “Although I can still draw, my legs are too unstable and I need to be here. I wish you would come to teach a mindfulness class here for me and other friends who live here. ” The Buddha taught that life was challenging for everyone because of the constantly changing nature of our experience. We get used to managing, and circumstances change. At the same time that Beatrice moved into the assisted living facility, my youngest grandchild, after two years of preschool, announced that she was worried about starting kindergarten.
My father wanted to reach out across the gulf separating age from youth and tap me with the magic wand of this hard-won knowledge, but he couldn’t. He could only show me the two photographs and wish the best for me as I set off on the journey to adulthood. ” That is what my father was trying to show me. Intellectually we know this. We know that everything ages; we see it all around us. For much of our life it is like the house we live in or the air we breathe—a familiar fact that we barely notice.
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. That story is worth remembering because it is not over. Things change. New challenges will come; new stages will appear.