From Age-ing to Sage-ing: A Revolutionary Approach to Growing Older

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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 meangful and joyous time in his ...

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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.

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"As in his teaching, Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi put in this volume much warmth, human compassion, and necessary wisdom." —Elie Wiesel, Nobel Peace Prize winner and author

"Medical science has added years to our lives. Reb Zalman's warm and wise book arrives just in time to add life to those years." —Rabbi Harold Kushner, author of When Bad Things Happen to Good People

"A wise and inspiring guidebook to the aging process. It will show you how healthy aging may be more like the process of birth than only a reminder of our mortality." —Bernie Siegel, author of Love, Medicine, & Miracles

"Extraordinary...a maginificent view of aging." —Larry Dossey, M.D., author of Healing Words: The Power of Prayer and the Practice of Medicine

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"As in his teaching, Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi put in this volume much warmth, human compassion, and necessary wisdom." --Elie Wiesel, Nobel Peace Prize winner and author

"Medical science has added years to our lives. Reb Zalman's warm and wise book arrives just in time to add life to those years." --Rabbi Harold Kushner, author of When Bad Things Happen to Good People

"A wise and inspiring guidebook to the aging process. It will show you how healthy aging may be more like the process of birth than only a reminder of our mortality." --Bernie Siegel, author of Love, Medicine, & Miracles

"Extraordinary...a maginificent view of aging." --Larry Dossey, M.D., author of Healing Words: The Power of Prayer and the Practice of Medicine

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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
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780446671774
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
  • Publication date: 12/28/1997
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 5.25 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.75 (d)

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 is an award-winning journalist 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. He lives in San Diego where he teaches college English, edits books, and continues exploring the joys of elderhood.

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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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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 25, 2000

    Caring to the End

    This book shares how we can care for and be cared for by the elderly to the end. All of us have much to share, and the wisdom of life experience is timeless and useful at any time in life. This book guides us into looking at the ageing process from the point of view that challenges us to take another look at the elderly and honor them. I highly applaude and pray for the efforts of this message.

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