The Inner Work of Age

Shifting from Role to Soul

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Pub Date 07 Sep 2021 | Archive Date 16 Aug 2021
Inner Traditions, Park Street Press

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A guide to working through the inner obstacles of late life and embracing the spiritual gifts of aging

• Offers shadow-work and many diverse spiritual practices to help you break through denial to awareness, move from self-rejection to self-acceptance, repair the past to be fully present, and allow mortality to be a teacher

• Reveals how to use inner work to uncover and explore the unconscious denial and resistance that erupts around key thresholds of later life

• Includes personal interviews with prominent Elders, including Ken Wilber, Krishna Das, Fr. Thomas Keating, Anna Douglas, James Hollis, Rabbi Rami Shapiro, Ashton Applewhite, Roshi Wendy Nakao, Roger Walsh, and Stanislav Grof

With extended longevity comes the opportunity for extended personal growth and spiritual development. You now have the chance to become an Elder, to leave behind past roles, shift from work in the outer world to inner work with the soul, and become authentically who you are. This book is a guide to help get past the inner obstacles and embrace the hidden spiritual gifts of age.

Offering a radical reimagining of age for all generations, psychotherapist and bestselling author Connie Zweig reveals how to use inner work to uncover and explore the unconscious denial and resistance that erupts around key thresholds of later life, attune to your soul’s longing, and emerge renewed as an Elder filled with vitality and purpose. She explores the obstacles encountered in the transition to wise Elder and offers psychological shadow-work and diverse spiritual practices to help you break through denial to awareness, move from self-rejection to self-acceptance, repair the past to be fully present, reclaim your creativity, and allow mortality to be a teacher. Sharing contemplative practices for selfreflection, she also reveals how to discover ways to share your talents and wisdom to become a force for change in the lives of others.

Woven throughout with wisdom from prominent Elders, including Ken Wilber, Krishna Das, Father Thomas Keating, Anna Douglas, James Hollis, Rabbi Rami Shapiro, Ashton Applewhite, Roshi Wendy Egyoku Nakao, Roger Walsh, and Stanislav Grof, this book offers tools and guidance to help you let go of past roles, expand your identity, deepen self-knowledge, and move through these life passages to a new stage of awareness, choosing to be fully real, transparent, and free to embrace a fulfilling late life.

A guide to working through the inner obstacles of late life and embracing the spiritual gifts of aging

• Offers shadow-work and many diverse spiritual practices to help you break through denial to...


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I recently turned 65 and it is becoming more and more apparent to me that I am in this “aging” category. I have read some books on this topic, but this one has met might needs much more than any other. The author offers practices from shadow work and spiritual contemplative traditions, And this alone makes this book stand out from all the other books on aging available right now. I am finding the ideas and activities presented here to be making a profound difference in my own journey into “aging.” I especially found relevant the chapter on moving from the hero’s journey into the elder’s journey. I Will definitely be purchasing this book when it’s released so that I can re-read it, and highlight it to my heart’s content! Thanks to NetGalley, the author and publisher for an advanced reading copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

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I found this book to be one that will be immensely useful to me a bit later in life. I have a few years that I plan to work, and I have not gotten to a point where I have so much free time that I am looking for the growth that can possibly come with retirement. This is a book that I will work with in the future, and I can certainly see what a wonderful help it can be, as I have known many people who sit around after they stop working.

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This book is one to approach much like a textbook. It’s so in depth that it needs time to digest, revisit and to reflect on. This isn’t a bad thing at all, because it offers ways to challenge ageing as something to be feared, so it’s worth an investment of time. Personally I found it overwhelming, perhaps because I was reading to front to back in order to review it in exchange for my review to NetGalley abs publisher. Much better to read in small doses. I’m grateful to have been given the opportunity to read and review it. When most of the world is focusing on not ageing, or denying age and the inescapable, dying, I found it reassuring to have something of a written guide to challenging assumptions about later life in the form of this book.

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