Aging as a Spiritual Practice
Teacher Lewis Richmond brings the Buddhist perspective to aging in this helpful book. Richmond writes: “Elderhood is the culminating stage of a life fully lived. When the time comes, we can (although we may not always ) assume the mantle of elderhood as a kind of birthright …These days, each of us has to imagine and construct our own expression of elderhood, and find ways to bring it forward.” Aging carries with it loss, and the loosening of identification with individual ego. Buddhism, with its emphasis on dis-illusionment, views aging as holding the potential to serve as a spiritual path.