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Contemplative Aging - Edmund Sherman

Contemplative Aging

Paperback Published: 16th April 2010
ISBN: 9781884092992
Number Of Pages: 198

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A unique guidebook for people at least sixty years of age on how to experience a more peaceful, aware way of being through contemplative practices and to transcend the many causes of suffering inherent in later life In modern societies people are expected to remain "activity-oriented" in their later years, rather than change to a more contemplative, spiritual, and peaceful way of living. The latter, however, is ideally-suited to people in later life and offers many healthful benefits. Dr. Sherman explains why this is so in Contemplative Aging-a book that shows the way to add a different and deeper dimension to the activity-oriented image of older age promoted in the media, and how to transcend the many physical decrements and emotional losses of loved ones in later life. Extensive research evidence exists for achieving such a way life-called "gerotranscendence"-which is clearly described in Contemplative Aging along with the psychological and philosophical foundations and practices that can lead to the existential and spiritual benefits of gerotranscendence. Based on the author's ongoing work with older adults and the timeless literature on contemplative traditions around the world-expressed by poets, psychologists, philosophers, mystics, and rationalists-Dr. Sherman presents a range of contemplative practice methods and exercises designed for those already sixty years or older and the millions of "baby boomers" about to enter their later years of life.

"In this radiant work, author Edmund Sherman suggests a more spiritual and peaceful way of living in the later years. He takes us on a journey through the timeless literature on contemplative traditions. Drawing on poets, psychologists, philosophers and mystics, he offers a range of contemplative practices to those in their later years." --Aging Horizons Bulletin "People entering this new dimension in their natural life will find reading this book rewarding and it may contribute to an inner peace as they move forward withlife and the aging process. Contemplative Aging: A Way of Being in Later Life can help baby boomers coming of older age reflect on the past, deal in the present, and look forward to a realistic future."--Activities, Adaptation and Aging

Introductionp. 1
From Doing to Beingp. 8
The Bearable Lightness of Being ...Retiredp. 8
Doing and Being in Retirementp. 10
The Interiority of Late Lifep. 15
Contemplative Beingp. 17
Philosophical Agingp. 22
The Consolations of Philosophyp. 22
A Philosophical Wayp. 25
The Psychological Dimensionp. 27
A Natural Philosophy of Agep. 32
The Moral Dimensionp. 36
The Aging Selfp. 42
Remembering and Reviewingp. 42
Autobiographical Consciousnessp. 43
Knowing One's Selfp. 45
Becoming One's Selfp. 51
Being One's Selfp. 57
A Contemplative Wayp. 60
The Experiential Dimensionp. 60
The Question of Transcendencep. 62
The Mystical Dimensionp. 69
Contemplative Happinessp. 74
Contemplative Practicep. 76
Meditation and the Art of Beingp. 76
Other Meditative Practicesp. 84
Practice as Processp. 87
The Telos of Practicep. 90
Imaginative Agingp. 96
The Primacy of the Imagep. 96
Reflective Imageryp. 100
Time Artp. 106
Imaginative Variationsp. 110
Other Dimensions of Beingp. 116
Spatialityp. 116
Placefulnessp. 119
Solitudep. 122
Inborn and Unborn Dimensionsp. 124
Finitudep. 130
Ultimate Concernsp. 130
Symbolic Immortalityp. 133
Philosophical Finitudep. 143
Beyond Being?p. 148
Gerotranscendence Revisitedp. 148
Experiential Enlightenmentp. 152
A New Being?p. 154
The Present and the Perennialp. 160
Referencesp. 166
Indexp. 177
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ISBN: 9781884092992
ISBN-10: 1884092993
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 198
Published: 16th April 2010
Publisher: Gordian Knot Books (imprint of Altschuler, Richard & Associates, Inc)
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 1.25
Weight (kg): 0.3