Grace in Aging: awaken as you grow older
Learn to use your later years for awakening and spiritual growth.
Encouraging, inspiring, and practical, The Grace in Aging invites all those who have ever experienced spiritual longing to awaken in their twilight years. Since aging, in and of itself, does not lead to spiritual maturity, The Grace in Aging suggests and explores causes and conditions that we can create in our lives, just as we are living them, to allow awakening to unfold—transforming the predictable sufferings of aging into profound opportunities for growth in clarity, love, compassion, and peace.
Kathleen Dowling Singh streamlines vast and complex teachings into skillful means and wise views. Straightforward language and piercing questions bring Singh’s teachings into the sharp focus of our own lives; the contemplative nature of each chapter allows for an uncommon depth of inquiry. Examples from our lives and from the chatter in our own minds touch the reader personally, offering the chance to absorb the implications deeply and do the work of freeing his or her own mind. Ecumenical in spirit, tone, and language, Singh offers wisdom from teachers from a variety of spiritual backgrounds: Chogyam Trungpa, the Apostles, Annie Dillard, and more. Lessening our attachments, decreasing our aversions, unbinding what binds us, we bear witness to the possibility of awakening for all beings.
The Grace in Aging offers guidelines for older individuals of any wisdom tradition who wish to awaken before they die; no need for caves or seven-year retreats. This is spiritual practice for the lives we live.
Creating the Causes
Stepping onto the Noble Path
A Map of Awakening
Opening the Precious Package
The Special Conditions
Gathering the Special Conditions
Opening to Our Own Mortality: Meditation on Death
Withdrawal: Liberation from Habits
Silence: Liberation from Illusions
Solitude: Liberation from Attachment; Release into Sufficiency
Forgiveness: Liberation from Aversion; Freedom from Anger and Judgment
Humility: Liberation from Pride and Perfectionism; Release into Ordinariness
Presence: Liberation from Frivolity and Other Inessentials
Commitment: Liberation from Deception
Life Review and Resolution: Liberation from Our Story; Release into Freedom
Opening the Heart and Opening the Mind
Afterword: A Spiritual Inventory
Appendix: A Questionnaire on Aging
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