From Age-ing to Sage-ing: A Profound New Vision of Growing Older [NOOK Book]

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Over two decades ago, beloved and respected rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi felt an uneasiness. He was growing older, and fears about death and infirmity were haunting him. So he decided to embark on mission to get to the bottom of his fears. Through a series of events that included a vision quest in a secluded cabin and studying with Sufi masters, Buddhist teachers and Native-American shamans, Reb Zalman found a way to turn aging into the most ...
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From Age-ing to Sage-ing: A Profound New Vision of Growing Older

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Overview

Over two decades ago, beloved and respected rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi felt an uneasiness. He was growing older, and fears about death and infirmity were haunting him. So he decided to embark on mission to get to the bottom of his fears. Through a series of events that included a vision quest in a secluded cabin and studying with Sufi masters, Buddhist teachers and Native-American shamans, Reb Zalman found a way to turn aging into the most meangful and joyous time in his life.

In this inspiring and informative guide, Reb Zalman shares his wisdom and experience with readers. He shows readers how to create an aging process for themselves that is full of adventure, passion, mystery, and fulfillment, rather than anxiety. Using scientific research--both neurological and psychological-- Reb Zalman offers techniques that will expand horizons beyond the narrow view of "the present" into a grand and enduring eternity. By harnessing the power of the spirit, as well as explaining exactly how to become a sage in their own community, he gives readers a helpful and moving way to use their own experiences to nurture, heal, and perhaps even save a younger generation from the prison of how we typically regard aging.

In this updated version of his popular book, Reb Zalman has added a brand new introductory chapter that provides insight into the shifts that have taken place in our culture since the first edition of this book came out in the 1990s. He speaks about the role the 78 million (now aging) Baby Boomers are currently playing in how we think about aging. Additionally he provides new inspiring ideas about the importance of an elder's role in shaping society, and explains how elders can embrace the power they have to provide value and wisdom to those around them.
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Library Journal
In the next 20 years 75 million Americans will be reaching retirement age. To deal with this sea change, Rabbi Schachter-Shalomi (Paradigm Shift, Jason Aronson, 1993) introduces the concept of "eldering," or mentoring, each other in the years ahead. He contends that we are at the cutting edge of the next stage in our evolution and that elders will bring us into this more compassionate, intuitive, and caring era. In Part 1 of the book, Schachter-Shalomi recommends meditation, exercise, and spiritual healing to help individuals enter their later years, while in Part 2 he speaks to our limited perceptions of death. Creating ceremonies and learning to forgive help ease the transition into death, according to Schachter-Shalomi, who believes in the certainty of life after death. Adding a personal dimension, the rabbi compassionately relates his own mental crisis as he approaches the age of 60 to help readers understand the process. Highly recommended for public and academic libraries with gerontology collections.-Lisa Wise, Univ. of Southern Colorado, Pueblo
Denise Perry Donavin
Schachter-Shalomi, a rabbi dreading retirement, realized that he must "recontextualize aging as the anticipated fulfillment of life, not its inevitable decline." So he devised Spiritual Eldering--a social activism, awareness, and mentoring program. The rabbi provides instructions on selecting people to mentor and how to go about doing so. He supples advice on helping individuals, family, community, and the planet. In his analysis of how elderly people can learn conscious dying (or the acceptance of death), the author pulls concepts from multiple religious traditions: Christianity, Judaism, Hinduism, and Buddhism, among others. A worthwhile, multicultural look at the value of aging individuals and the work they could have in store for them.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780446553735
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
  • Publication date: 12/14/2008
  • Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 464,497
  • File size: 893 KB

Meet the Author

Zalman Schachter-Shalomi is a pre-eminent rabbi, teacher, and Professor Emeritus at Temple University. He is the founder of the Spiritual Eldering Institute in Philadelphia, which sponsors workshops nationwide that provide the psychological and spiritual tools for people of all ages to grow into elderhood.

Ronald S. Miller, an award-winning journalist, is the former health editor for Senior World and the author of As Above, So Below: Paths to Spiritual Renewal in Daily Life. He has taught courses in human development, transpersonal psychology, and stress management at universities and growth centers across the country.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction 1
Pt. 1 The Theory of Spiritual Eldering 9
Ch. 1 The Vision of Spiritual Eldering 11
Ch. 2 Becoming the Possible Sage 31
Ch. 3 Elderhood: Past, Present, and Future 52
Pt. 2 Spiritual Eldering and Personal Transformation 79
Ch. 4 The Art of Life Completion 81
Ch. 5 Tools for Harvesting Life 107
Ch. 6 The Eternity Factor 135
Ch. 7 The Conscious Transit at Death 159
Pt. 3 Spiritual Eldering and Social Transformation 185
Ch. 8 Mentoring: Seeding the Future with Wisdom 187
Ch. 9 Elders as Healers of Family, Community, and Gaia 211
Ch. 10 Spiritual Eldering Comes of Age 239
Appendix: Exercises for Sages in Training 267
Bibliography 287
About the Authors 291
About the Spiritual Eldering Institute 292
Index 293
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