What Is Conscious Aging?

None are so old as those who have outlived enthusiasm.

Henry David Thoreau

What is “Conscious Aging?”

Many people seek to make old age a second middle age. This strategy denies the unique gifts that can come with advancing age.

Conscious aging involves making a conscious effort to understand aging in terms of who we are today, why are we here, and what is it all about. Conscious aging is available to anyone, despite their physical ailments.

Conscious aging involves doing the work to review one’s life, come to terms with mortality, find meaning in one’s life, become a mentor to others, and to create a legacy.

From Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, “the model of the spiritual elder is an appropriate one for individuals experiencing an extended lifespan. A major part of this work involves an examination of one’s life and an understanding of how apparently negative events often lead to positive outcomes. Inner work is also essential to relieve oneself of the burden of resentment and anger that can accumulate over a lifetime.”

It is my strong belief that everyone has the opportunity to become an elder, to age consciously. But it does take choices, and work. Guidance helps, too.

My role is to serve as your guide on A Path of Spiritual Aging.

 

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