The 1st challenge of the second half of life is to deal with the specter of decline and the reality of multiple losses in later life. Painful as these are, “losses” clear the way for new... More > developments and make room for unexpected developments. The 2nd challenge, self-confrontation and self-reformation, opens the door for magic to occur. What has been unconscious must be brought into conscious awareness. The 3rd challenge is to turn to an empathic understanding of human nature and offer practical worldly wisdom. The challenge of maturity is leaving that hard-won “self” behind – becoming the elder or wise one.< Less
Are you over age 50? Perhaps 60? Even 70? Find out why this most transformative and generative time of your life calls for a new way of learning: from the "inside out." By taking four... More > steps, you can tap into the energy that makes new growth possible.< Less
Practicing mindfulness during a meal gives you an opportunity to experience food and the act of eating as you may have never experienced it before. Pause before your meal and examine your food with... More > all your senses, noticing the color, shape, feel, smell, and taste of your food. As your meal unfolds in silence, tasting, chewing, swallowing, and digesting slow down and take on new dimensions.< Less
The 1st challenge in the second half of life is to deal with the specter of decline and the reality of multiple losses in later life. All elder tales start out with the PERCEPTION that old age =... More > decline (poverty, loss, despair, illness, tiredness, etc.)Painful as these are, “losses” clear the way for new developments and make room for unexpected developments. Sacred surprises, magic can occur if we are open to them and don’t return to our usual, habitual way of being or focus on our usual objects of attention. Many of us are stopped and stagnate because we can’t or won’t or don’t know of a way to overcome the 1st challenge – dealing with the specter of decline.< Less
As revealed in the remarkable research conducted by Dr. Eugene Cohen, our maturing brain is now capable of handling the second great challenge of the second half of life namely, self-confrontation... More > and self-reformation. Dealing with this challenge means that we finally and courageously address the “demons” that were planted early in life, as well as the traumas that occurred but no longer have relevance in our later years. In fact, those habituated patterns of thought and action, are in the way of further growth and development—so they must be confronted in order for the second stage of growth and development to occur.
By the time we reach the second half of life we have learned the importance of admitting our faults and changing our ways. However, there is more to learn about self-confrontation and self-reformation that elder tales reveal.< Less