Aging as a Spiritual Practice: A Contemplative Guide to by Lewis Richmond

By Lewis Richmond

The bestselling writer of Work as a non secular perform presents a user’s existence advisor to getting older good and making each year satisfying and transformative.

Everything alterations. For Zen Buddhist priest and meditation instructor Lewis Richmond, this basic Buddhist guiding principle is the root for a brand new internal highway map that emerges within the later years, charting an realizing which can convey new percentages and a wealth of appreciation and gratitude for the lifestyles trip itself.

Aging as a non secular Practice is a sensible, compassionate booklet that publications readers in the course of the 4 key phases of aging—such as “Lightning moves” (the second we get up to our aging)—as good because the techniques of adapting to alter, embracing who we're, and appreciating our detailed lifestyles chapters. not like many philosophical works on getting older this one comprises illuminating proof from medical researchers, medical professionals, and psychologists in addition to contemplative practices and guided meditations. Breath through breath, second by way of second, Richmond’s teachings motivate unlimited possibilities for a pleasure that transcends age.

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Paying attention to these things that matter is the nub of spiritual practice, as the following story about Ikkyu, an eccentric fourteenth-century Japanese Zen teacher, demonstrates: Once, a wealthy patron came to him and asked him to write a scroll of calligraphy expressing a deep spiritual truth. ” Then he put down his brush. Typically a Zen poem includes nature imagery, such as plum blossoms or pine boughs, and a few words of wisdom. What Ikkyu had written was not what the patron was expecting.

They are often neither pleasurable nor relaxing. Even if they are, emotions change, and time changes with them. When our emotions speed up, time speeds up too. When we are feeling down or unhappy, time slows to a crawl. When it comes to aging, our emotions are not a reliable timekeeper, but breathing is. As Marcia discovered, the breath is our deepest timekeeper and is the true arbiter of how we actually age. Now let your focus and reflection on the breath come to an end and simply sit quietly.

It flows like an underground river throughout our life and surfaces to help us remember what is really important and who we really are—if only we pay attention. CHAPTER 2 Stages of Aging “I’m twenty-seven and I’ve suddenly realized that I’m growing old,” Howie’s e-mail said. When I thought back to the time I was twenty-seven—my son had just been born and I was still in training as a Zen priest—I had never given a thought to growing old, so I had some trouble imagining what Howie meant. But I thanked him for his insight.

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