Discover how retirement can lead to new spiritual possibilities.
What now? Where do I go from here?
In many parts of the world, retirement from the daily workforce is a door you walk through in order to discover your soul. In the last third of life, it is an opportunity to focus on the goals that are most important to you.
Creating a Spiritual Retirement invites you to examine your spiritual life and explore ways of making it more meaningful, from three different perspectives:
- "The Individual Spirit"Contemplate the possibilities for spiritual growth that come with retirement from the daily workplace
- "The Great Spirit"Discover how to look for the sacred in this life, in both ordinary and extraordinary ways
- "Practical Spirituality"Create your path to more fully develop a spiritual practice that will provide support, strength, challenge, and comfort in the later years of life.With creative exercises and warm, practical advice, this book is a helpful tool for anyone on their retirement journey.
This unusual "guidebook" helps you deepen your relationship with the unseen but no less real presence of spirit in your life. Each chapter focuses on a particular idea for consideration from a spiritual point of view, and concludes with a reflection and questions designed to help you explore your thoughts during this important time in life.
"Retirement can be a time rich in understanding of ourselves and others. It is a time to gather the wisdom we have gained through the years and make it our own. It is a time to take care of unfinished business. It is a time to look beyond the surface of our lives to the deeper inner meaning that is a part of each of us. It is truly a time to connect with our own inner spirit or soul and with the Great Spirit that animates all life."from the Introduction
Supportive, insightful and inspiring, Creating a Spiritual Retirement will help you make the next stage in your life a meaningful one.
|Publisher:||Turner Publishing Company|
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About the Author
Molly Srode is a retired hospital chaplain in her early 60s. A spiritual seeker, Molly shares details of her own spiritual journey (she was once a Catholic nun and educator) with readers of all faith traditions with ease. She and her husband, Bernie Srode, a former priest, have been actively pursuing their spiritual lives together over the past twenty-five years. They are publishers of the Senior Spirituality Newsletter and coauthors of Keeping Spiritual Balance As We Grow Older: More than 65 Creative Ways to Use Purpose, Prayer, and the Power of Spirit to Build a Meaningful Retirement (SkyLight Paths). When they are not traveling, they make their home in Columbus, Ohio.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgments ixIntroduction xi
Part One The Individual Spirit 1• Taking the First Step 32• Letting Go of Who We Were 93• Finding Out Who We Really Are 134• The Round House 175• Gone Where? 216• Soul Purpose 257• Taking the Plunge 298• Connecting with Spirit 339• Finding the Voice of Spirit 3910• Attuning to the Voice of Spirit 4311• Fruits of the Spirit 47
Part Two The Great Spirit 12• Preface to God 5313• Strange Gods 5714• The Journey Continues 6315• A Bend in the Road 6716• Will the Real God Please Stand Up? 7317• Creation Speaks 7918• The Presence 8319• The Other 8720• What about Religion? 93
Part Three Practical Spirituality 21• Where Do We Go from Here? 9922 • Compassion 101: Loving Yourself 10323• Compassion 102: Loving Others 10924• Judge Not Lest . . . 11325• When Bad Things Happen 11926 • Sitting with the Feelings 12527• Four A.M. Darkness 13128• Measuring the Distance 13729• Keeping in Step 14330• Getting the Job Done 14931• Unfinished Business 15332• Four Steps to a Better Day 15733• Going Home 16334• Now Is the Time 169