Ageing Gracefully

Self love as acceptance of our human-ness with humility and kindness

Self love as acceptance of the need to change, where change is indicated; the process of change, where change is underway; and telling your truth beautifully, where we embrace our human-ness with humility and kindness.

 

Here are some resources to help you get started:

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Goddesses in older women: Archetypes in Women over Fifty by Jean Shinoda Bolen. At some point after fifty, every woman crosses a threshold into the third phase of her life. As she enters this uncharted territory she can choose to mourn what has gone before, or she can embrace the juicy-crone years. In this celebration of Act Three, Jean Shinoda Bolen, Jungian analyst and bestselling author of Goddesses in Everywoman, names the powerful new energies and goddess archetypes of compassion, outrage, healing laughter, and new layers of wisdom that come into the psyche at this momentous time. Bolen thus suggests that women have profound and exciting reasons for welcoming the other side of fifty. (Publisher’s summary)

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Better With Age: The Psychology of Successful Aging by Alan D. Castel. Highlights how old age is not all downhill by illustrating the paradoxes and pleasures of old age, and new research about successful aging. Shows what activities one can do to age well, how attitudes and expectations about aging are linked to how we age, and ways to enjoy older age. (Publisher’s summary) 

TED Talk: A Woman Over 50: A Life Unleashed by Connie Schultz (TED Talk, about about 21 mins). Pulitzer Prize-winning writer and journalist, Connie Schultz, discusses the role of women over 50 in our society.

The Psychological Benefits of Contemplating Death by the Academy of Ideas. Far from a morbid practice, periodically thinking about our approaching death can be life-enhancing.

Relaxing with Impermanence-Pema Chödrön (YouTube, about 8 mins). A reflection on fearlessness from Pema Chödrön on her 80th birthday.

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