Aging: A Pilgrimage of Impermanence grapples with the hardships imposed by aging while seeking to broaden and expand human potential across the entire arc of life.
Introduction: On the Loss of My Parents
My interest in aging originates in the experiences I encountered while helping my parents through the final years of their lives. I wrote the series, “On the Loss of My Parents” as part of my personal practice of transformative writing and finding ways to accommodate hardship in life.
- On the Loss of My Parents: 1) Leaving Home
- On the Loss of My Parents: 2) A Loss of Independence
- On the Loss of My Parents: 3) In the Midst of Death
- On the Loss of My Parents: 4) Saying Goodbye
- On the Loss of My Parents: 5) Absence
- On the Loss of My Parents: 6) The Feeling of Grief
- On the Loss of My Parents: 7) Their Legacy for Life
- On the Loss of My Parents: 8) The Spirituality of Loss
Body: The Felt Sense of Aging
Aging is a biological imperative from which there is no retreat. It is a phenomenon that is intimate and personal. The felt-sense of aging is a means to explore the directly-felt experience of embodiment and the universal biological trajectory we all share.
- Age-Related Disease
- Aging and Vulnerability
- The Challenges of Aging
- The Felt Sense of Aging
- Healthspan: How Long Will My Health Last?”
- Life Expectancy: How long can I expect to live?
- Living Old: Can We Live Past Our Time?
- Longevity: Living a Long Life
Mind: The Evanescence of Time
Our genuine relationship with time is biological, not mechanical. This means that the essence of time is evanescence. A core discipline of aging is to embrace the evanescence of time as a means to live a fulfilling life.
- Aging: A Life in Time
- Fond Memories: Those Were the Days My Friend
- Memory Loss: Aging, Dementia, and the Evanescence of Mind
- Mindful Aging
- Normal Aging: What Can I Expect?
- On Old Age
- Our Fear of Aging
- The Time of Our Death
Spirit: Becoming More Fully Human
A spirituality of aging explores ways of orienting ourselves to the vicissitudes of aging including physical loss, grief, depression, disease, dying, and death. Instead of approaching aging merely as a source of decline, the spirit of aging is about becoming more fully human and humane across the entire life course.
- Aging Gracefully: The Art of Acceptance
- Resilient Aging
- Impermanence: The Fragility of Life
- Legacy: The Enduring Value of a Life
- Old Age and the Inner Harvest
- On Becoming Old
- The Right to Die: When is it better the die than continue living?
Culture: Toward a Collective Ideal of Aging
An exploration of the cultural context of aging and the need for a collective ideal for aging in the second half of life.
- Ageism: A Collective Failure
- Aging and Beauty
- Becoming a Grandparent
- Creative Aging: Life as Art
- Deathbed Tweets
- A Good Death
- Successful Aging
- When Can I Retire?
Nature: Belonging to Something Greater than Ourselves
Nature advises us that we all belong to something greater than ourselves. Aging is not just a human experience, it is a source of energy that gives life movement and flow. In this sense, aging is a form of connection, participation, and humility.