The Grace in Aging: Awaken as You Grow Older (Paperback)

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As we age, our sense of self changes, a self that we cling to, that defines and confines us. This book proposes that if you let go of attachment and turn inward, you'll find a refuge and wisdom that can help you cope with the inevitable illness, decline and loss that comes with aging. The author gently guides the reader through the awakening process. She encourages you to face hard truths, liberate yourself from habits and illusions, and embrace your mortality to experience a state of grace and aliveness. Kathleen Dowling Singh is a Dharma practitioner and psychotherapist.

— Diane, Book Buyer


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.

About the Author

Kathleen Dowling Singh is a Dharma practitioner and in-demand speaker and teacher. She is the author of The Grace in Dying: How We Are Transformed Spiritually As We Die. A mother and grandmother, she is old enough to be eligible for Medicare. Kathleen lives in Sarasota, FL.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781614291268
ISBN-10: 1614291268
Publisher: Wisdom Publications (MA)
Publication Date: August 5th, 2014
Pages: 290
Language: English