Aging as a Spir­i­tu­al Practice

Lewis Rich­mond
  • From the Publisher
March 7, 2012
Aging as a Spir­i­tu­al Prac­tice is a con­tem­pla­tive guide for enjoy­ing and appre­ci­at­ing the expe­ri­ence of grow­ing old­er through con­tem­pla­tive prac­tices which are becom­ing an increas­ing­ly impor­tant part of main­stream Jew­ish reli­gious prac­tice today. The book gives a new name to this life stage of aging – elder­hood” – and pro­vides case stud­ies, the author’s own life expe­ri­ences, and the lat­est sci­en­tif­ic research, to help read­ers devel­op their own per­son­al expres­sion of elder­hood through their life and their Jew­ish faith. Each chap­ter’s con­tem­pla­tive reflec­tion, whether it be a prayer, a med­i­ta­tion, or an inner inquiry, help read­ers under­stand their own inner resources as they face the rewards and chal­lenges of grow­ing old­er. 

The book con­cludes with a day away,” a guid­ed one-day self-retreat that gives read­ers an oppor­tu­ni­ty to reflect on all the book’s lessons and spir­i­tu­al prac­tices.

The over­all approach and tone of the book is uplift­ing and pos­i­tive, and has a wealth of mate­r­i­al to appeal not just to those over 50, but to peo­ple of all ages. 

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