Aging as a Spiritual Practice: A Contemplative Guide to Growing Older and Wiser

Aging as a Spiritual Practice A Contemplative Guide to Growing Older and Wiser The bestselling author of Work as a Spiritual Practice presents a new vision of the aging process awakening a spirit of fulfillment and transformation Everything changes For Buddhist priest and medit

The bestselling author of Work as a Spiritual Practice presents a new vision of the aging process, awakening a spirit of fulfillment and transformation Everything changes For Buddhist priest and meditation teacher Lewis Richmond, this fundamental Buddhist tenet is the basis for a new inner road map that emerges in the later years, charting an understanding that can brin The bestselling author of Work as a Spiritual Practice presents a new vision of the aging process, awakening a spirit of fulfillment and transformation Everything changes For Buddhist priest and meditation teacher Lewis Richmond, this fundamental Buddhist tenet is the basis for a new inner road map that emerges in the later years, charting an understanding that can bring new possibilities, fresh beginnings, and a wealth of appreciation and gratitude for the life journey itself.In Aging as a Spiritual Practice, Richmond acknowledges the fear, anger, and sorrow many people experience when they must confront the indignities of their aging bodies and the unknowns associated with mortality This wise, compassionate book guides readers through the four key stages of aging such as Lightning Strikes the moment we wake up to our aging as well as the processes of adapting to change, letting go of who we were, embracing who we are, and appreciating our unique life chapters Unlike many philosophical works on aging, however, this one incorporates illuminating facts from scientific researchers, doctors, and psychologists, as well as contemplative practices and guided meditations on aging s various challenges and rewards The tandem of maintaining a healthy body and healthy relationships, infused with an active spiritual life, is explored in rejuvenating detail Breath by breath, moment by moment, Richmond s teachings inspire limitless opportunities for a joy that transcends age.

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  1. Donna

    I liked this, which is really saying something, because I didn't like the audio narration. It was so annoying. The author is Buddhist. I found his outlook interesting. Some of it felt enlightening and certainly gave me food for thought. But with that being said, some of this had me rolling my eyes as well. So 3 stars.

  2. Joan Winnek

    This book immediately grabbed me with its chapter on lightning strikes. My own lightening strike happened about six months ago, and had several forks.This is a book to keep and reread for its many insights into aging and the clearest explanation of Buddhism I have found. The writing is engaging, and the contemplative reflections are activities I want to work through, slowly.

  3. Yelda Basar Moers

    Buddhist priest and teacher Lewis Richmond is his latest book Aging as a Spiritual Practice begins with what he believes are the four stages of aging. The first stage “Lightning Strikes,” is a realization that we are growing old. The sensation comes out of nowhere, unexpectedly, like a bolt from above. I am only thirty-five years old, but this is exactly what happened to me recently, before I had even been assigned to read this book as a Library Thing Early Reviewer. Naturally, I was drawn t [...]

  4. John Kaufmann

    I originally gave this two-stars, but have upgraded it after re-reading it (i.e listening to the audiobook.) While not full of gems, it was full of a quiet wisdom. The book also provides numerous mindfulness/meditation exercises, which appear to be tailored to those of us who are aging.

  5. Ellen

    I am currently part of a meditation group named from the title of this book and informed by ideas and suggested practices in it. The book is rich and dense. Having just finished reading it and taking notes, I will need to take the time to digest and integrate its perspectives and offerings. I have no doubt that at some point in the near future, I will also reread it, more slowly. Overall, I am feeling more hopeful about aging, more committed to proceed as gracefully as possible, focused on livin [...]

  6. Sara

    I was fortunate to win a copy of this book through .This book is a great resource for those of us that are starting to realize we aren't "young" anymore, or at least as young as we used to be. Richmond goes through the different phases of aging, the first of which is "Lightning Strikes" - that first moment you notice things aren't quite what they used to be (a grey hair, creaky knees, kids going off to college, illness, whatever). He uses examples from his personal life and illnesses to help dri [...]

  7. Joann Amidon

    Two things happened this year: my friend, Janet, mentioned Atul Gawande's book, On Being Mortal, and I turned 75. As a result of these two events, I have been reading many books about dying and this book is one of the better ones. It is based on the spiritual and brings to the reader a calm approach to the inevitable. I highly recommend it to anyone who might be feeling unsure about the direction of their life now that they are "retired" and in the final part of their life. The encouragement wit [...]

  8. Linda Robinson

    The interior of this book is as soft-focus as the exterior picture of the lotus. If you are aging at the same speed the rest of us are, and have not yet made some measure of peace with that, this is the book for you. Richmond handles the inevitability that aging has an end point with Zen calmness, and he shares the feeling with his prose. The book is organized by issues related to getting old, and a reader is free to roam and contemplate. That's how I'll handle the remaining years I have. Roam a [...]

  9. Dpdwyer

    Even with a twenty-plus year zen practice, I found useful practice ideas in the book. It should prove more helpful to those without a meditation practice. Quotes:Shunryu Suzuki (About dying): "Don't worry. Nothing is going to happen."Stephen Levine: "Don't worry. Dying is perfectly safe."

  10. Susan Rothenberg

    A thoughtful book about some of the issues of aging and ways that spiritual practices can help with the transitions along the way. Though Lew is a Buddhist priest, his suggestions are universal.

  11. Melanie Rigney

    I devoured this book on my 61st birthday. Richmond's examples of struggling with aging and finding some comfort in faith, regardless of one's tradition are well told. I met the next day with a Trappist monk about my age who noted that our generation in some ways is forging new ground, as many of the wise spiritual writers were dead by the time they were our age. He said he wondered why no one is writing about this. I said, "There is!", gave Richmond as an example, and passed on my copy.

  12. Maureen

    Engagingly written strong Buddhist thread, unsurprising since the author is a Buddhist priest. Love the many resources. I'm planning to do all the exercises over the next few months. A treasure!

  13. Bonnie Cowan

    Aging from a generic Buddhist perspective . some practices to develop d how to face mortality with peace and grace enjoyed it!

  14. Ninon

    Lewis Richmond is someone I consider a friend on my spiritual path. Forgive me as I become a little sentimental. I met him around 2002 as I was just coming out of the dark ages of my Fundamentalist Christian experience. I was a wreck and was avoiding any aspect of Spirituality. I limped into a bookstore in Sonoma, CA and happened to hear him speaking about his first book, "Work as a Spiritual Practice." It was an idea that had never occurred to me. I was inspired and got the book, but it had a g [...]

  15. Clara

    For me, this book sits somewhere between the available ratings of "It was OK" and "I liked it." Lewis Richmond writes ably enough about the value of living comfortably with aging. He offers exercises to help us do this; he suggests rituals to put us in a receptive frame of mind, and he uses the example of his own near-death illness to good effect. But, as I'm won't to say when it's difficult to find examples that illustrate my general feelings of "reviewer ennui," "it didn't sing to me."In other [...]

  16. Mark Soone

    I very seldom give a 1 star rating, so I feel I need to offer a reason. I won this copy on , based solely upon the title. I guess I should have gone ahead and read the write up on this book. I assumed (I know you should not do that!), off of the title that it would deal with Christian principles towards aging rather than a more universal term of SPIRITUAL! I won't waste my time or yours debating the principles that guide my life and those that are depicted in this book, just leave it that they d [...]

  17. Elaine

    If you are new to personal contemplative spiritual practice this book will help you enormously. There are prayers, rituals, and practices easily performed almost anywhere. There is a thoroughly described guide to one day retreat you can do at home. If you are new to buddhist concepts this is a good overview of their application in relation to aging. If you are not new to personal contemplative spiritual practice, this book offers some good suggestions on applying your practice to the aging proce [...]

  18. Kate Lawrence

    This has much that will be helpful to the over-60 as well as to younger people who are caring for aging family members. The text is interspersed with the author's reminiscences of studying in his youth with famed Buddhist teacher Shunryu Suzuki, and "Contemplative Reflections" that assist in looking at life in helpful ways quite different from mainstream viewpoints. Not just for Buddhists or meditators, though, the book provides comfort for anyone dealing with aging-related issues. The author, i [...]

  19. Meg

    I was drawn to this book by its title. We may as well approach aging as growth rather than loss. As I got into it, I enjoyed Lew Richmond's reminiscences of his time with Suzuki Roshi, his own struggles and insights around illness and aging, and his honest and informal conversations with people and their learnings on aging. There was lovely insight on what it means to be an "extraordinary elder", keeping open and alert to life's wonders, no matter how your path rolls. It is written for those not [...]

  20. Patricia

    I got some useful tidbits from this book, and I'm glad I read it, but it will not sit at the top of my heap of inspirational books. I think Richmond made a mistake trying to address the book to readers of spiritual persuasions other than Buddhism. The tactic kind of watered down the Buddhist aspects, and I doubt if it will actually win very many readers of other persuasions. For the most part, I enjoyed his examples, especially the ones that told his own personal story. My favorite was the one a [...]

  21. Christine Celata

    I rate this book really highly because I found it to be so interesting and useful. I've read a bunch of Buddhist books and this one is one of the best. It is not written for Buddhists, however. It is useful for anyone, and written in language that won't offend or make you uncomfortable. It doesn't rely on reincarnation to make you comfortable with aging and death. It does, however, include really good practices for including in meditation or just using to think over your life and possibly change [...]

  22. Tennyson

    Enjoyable, quick read. Very basic in relation to life changing information. Very easily followed If you haven't read many books on the Buddhist lifestyle. If you have, you may actually be a bit disappointed in this. THe author relates Buddhism to many other spiritual practices and often doesn't seem to go in depth enough to make this feel like you want to know more.For a Sunday morning, coffee book well done.For a contemplative, make me want to know more and change my life book eh.

  23. Heather Fineisen

    This is a gem of a book that applies to any age. I have been telling my mom about it and am finally passing it on to her but I want it back, Lewis Richmond gives the reader a nice balance of Buddhist principles, anecdotes, and research concerning the aging process allowing for applications in other areas of life. This is a giveaway copy--and I hope they keep the cover for the release in January--lovely. Worthy of a spot on the shelf for future reference!

  24. Dan Secor

    Not a bad book, especially if you are new to Buddhism and haven't grasped the richness of Buddhist philosophy. As for a guide on how to deal with aging, which is something I am grappling with in my practice, the book left me wanting more. Granted, there were many nuggets of wisdom but I felt that it stalled almost halfway in. I do recommend it, but only cautiously if your Buddhist practice is already firmly established.

  25. Anne

    Lewis Richmond is a Western Tibetan Buddhist and this book is written from that perspective. It is very accessible to all and respectful of other outlooks. I found it relaxing and stimulating at the same time. There is not too much available that addresses this topic, and this book is a good option.

  26. Craig Bergland

    A very good and thought provoking look at our response to aging. I gained many insights from reading this book, and would recommend it to anyone confronting or interested in the changes that occur as we age and our reactions to them!

  27. Lauren Davis

    It was a nice meditative afternoon read, but I didn't find much new or groundbreaking in it. If you know anything about Buddhism and/or are older than 40, you probably aren't going to be terribly enlightened. Still, it's a nice reminder.

  28. Warren Liebeman

    Interesting first half but the activity suggested at the end was too specific to practioners of Buddhism. There was no suggestions for alternate activities for non practioners. I made notes in my ebook version for future reference.

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