By Lewis Richmond
The bestselling writer of Work as a religious perform presents a user’s existence consultant to getting older good and making each year satisfying and transformative.
Everything adjustments. For Zen Buddhist priest and meditation instructor Lewis Richmond, this basic Buddhist guiding principle is the foundation for a brand new internal highway map that emerges within the later years, charting an realizing which could deliver new percentages and a wealth of appreciation and gratitude for the lifestyles trip itself.
Aging as a non secular Practice is a smart, compassionate publication that publications readers throughout the 4 key levels of aging—such as “Lightning moves” (the second we get up to our aging)—as good because the procedures of adapting to alter, embracing who we're, and appreciating our specified lifestyles chapters. not like many philosophical works on getting older this one accommodates illuminating evidence from clinical researchers, medical professionals, and psychologists in addition to contemplative practices and guided meditations. Breath via breath, second via second, Richmond’s teachings motivate unlimited possibilities for a pleasure that transcends age.
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What was he doing? My father, a self-taught man who read Greek philosophy in the evenings and thought deeply about things, had touched upon a universal truth. I have heard some version of it from many people when I talk to them about their experience of aging and I have given it a name: Lightning Strikes. Lightning Strikes is the moment we truly wake up to our aging and can see the full significance of it in our whole life, from its unremembered beginning to its unknown end. Until that moment, regardless of our age, we spend much of the time not thinking too much about where our life is headed or what it all means.
Why should that be surprising? These words represent universal spiritual values. Paying attention to these things that matter is the nub of spiritual practice, as the following story about Ikkyu, an eccentric fourteenth-century Japanese Zen teacher, demonstrates: Once, a wealthy patron came to him and asked him to write a scroll of calligraphy expressing a deep spiritual truth. ” Then he put down his brush. Typically a Zen poem includes nature imagery, such as plum blossoms or pine boughs, and a few words of wisdom.
Bill was a track star in college,” Alan said. “He set the school record in the two hundred meter. ” “Alan hasn’t been able to do his morning run since he heard the news,” Christina said. “Don’t exaggerate,” Alan said quickly. “I can do it. But it creeps me out. ” The three of us sat in silence for a while; then Christina said, “I feel a little different than Alan. ” “Yes,” I said. ” “It’s my first solo show,” she said. “And I’m already talking to people in New York about showing there. Artists have to grow.