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Ageless Soul: The Lifelong Journey Toward Meaning and Joy Hardcover – October 10, 2017
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"After reading this beautifully and eloquently written book, getting older seems much more like a blessing than a curse! Thomas Moore convinces us that we age best when we embrace our age, live agelessly, and remember every day to find the endless joy nestled inside our soul." - Dr. Rudolph E. Tanzi, Joseph P. and Rose F. Kennedy Professor of Neurology, Harvard Medical School, and New York Times bestselling author of Super Brain and Super Genes
“Destined to become a classic, Ageless Soul brilliantly illuminates one of life's most enduring mysteries: ‘Why―and how―do we grow old?’ A pioneer pointing the way forward to a new world of aging, Thomas Moore reveals the land beyond middle age as both a culmination of experience and a summons to adventure and exploration… A precious book to keep for ourselves, and to give to friends and family of all generations, Ageless Soul offers a richly textured vision of how, in Moore's own words, to 'age well.'” - Pythia Peay, author of American Icarus: A Memoir of Father and Family and America on the Couch: Psychological Perspectives on American Politics and Culture
"With warmth, intimacy, and rare depth of wisdom [Moore] guides his readers through each of [aging’s] stages. Grounded in years of psychological research and spiritual reflection on the human enterprise, this wonderful book lays out for us what it is to live a full and creative life all the way to its end. This book should be read by everyone but especially by those for whom the very thought of aging is depressing. This book can change their minds." - Sister Joan Chittister, author of The Gift of Years
"With Ageless Soul, Thomas Moore extends a magnificent invitation to reflect, grow up with joy and intention, and give back with an open heart. Accept and pleasure follows." - Marc Freedman, founder and CEO of Encore.org and author of The Big Shift
“In this profound and moving meditation upon aging, Thomas Moore offers us the keys to living well. Anyone facing the second half of life can gain from this lovely book a measure of wisdom and serenity.” - Ralph White, author of The Jeweled Highway
“Ageless Soul comes at a time when the world dearly needs a soul lift…Moore’s most crucial work to date and a must-read for contemplatives of all ages.” – Southwest Journal
"Moore offers a guide to growing old and accepting who we are while seeking joy, contentment and fulfillment in our final season of life." - BookPage
“This gentle book, filled with specific suggestions and thought-provoking examples, will be inspiring to older readers and a comfort to their caregivers.” - Booklist, starred review
About the Author
THOMAS MOORE is the New York Times bestselling author of Care of the Soul, as well as many other books on deepening soul and cultivating a mature spiritual life, three of which have received the Books for a Better Life Award. At turns he has been a monk, a musician, a university professor, and a psychotherapist. Today he lectures widely on creating a more soulful world and on spirituality. He lives in New Hampshire.
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Mr. Moore is a master of the soul, and this book is no less a great work than all the others he has penned over the years. What makes this one even more insightful is that at seventy-seven (or there abouts) he knows well what he is talking about, even without the mass of research and "hands-on" meeting with folks who are living through the process.
He gives a lot of himself in this book. And the book is for everyone, those who hope for some sort of after-life, and those who are comfortable with an end to it all. The book is much about living, not dying.
He is an expert in his field, yet he commands the ability to allow the less-indoctrinated to follow along with each insight.
This book is for all of us, should we be lucky enough to grow old.
Thank you, Mr. Moore
P.S. The caveat? Hope of an after-life, I carry that with me into old age. Chapter 14 allows me that.
For Moore, aging is a multi-leveled process. All of our experiences, including those that have been painful, are an intrinsic party of the process towards our own ripening and development. As we age we become more of who we truly are. Of course we lose some things, but we continue to become deeper, to become more aware of the meaning of our own “creation stories.” He shares personal anecdotes which most of us can relate to. As a therapist, he offers many wise insights about dealing with the emotions and struggles that continue to be part of our lives as we age. We need to continue to work things out. This never goes away.
For me, the writings of Thomas Moore act as an affirmation of my own process. My past and my stories reflect not always something to “let go of,” but elements of what makes me who I am today.
Most of all, he asks us to reflect, to accept where we’ve been, where we are now, and where we are going. It can be difficult to have a positive view of the future. Yet, we need to accept the aging process, even to embrace it, and view it as a means to expand, to transcend: “To transcend means to go beyond your current limits.” This process never ends.
In this context he talks about spirituality. He says: “Spirituality…is not about belief but about who you are and how you live. If you’re becoming more a part of the greater world and larger life, then your spirituality is alive. This means constant change and unfolding. An unending process in which the self evolves.”
And he discusses dying as well, since it is there for all of us, and something that becomes more of a dominant preoccupation as we age. Here he tells us that “Life is not about longevity, as much as it is about intensity.” As he does throughout, he takes us into his own encounters and relationships, in this case with people about to die.
As with all our experiences, we need to reflect on death, for it is close to us throughout life--not only the “big” death, but the smaller endings that are continually occurring, which lead to new beginnings.
No matter what your religion or beliefs, this is a wonderful, magical book. The words carry you deep within yourself, and, perhaps through a kind of alchemical process, you may find an expanded awareness of what it means to be fully human, fully who are meant to be.
We have all of our past ages now residing in our soul. We have a youthful soul that it’s important to stay in touch with. We need to keep those souls in harmony, not too much of an old soul, but not too much of a young soul either. We’re not a complete person if we not retain each of the ages of our soul. We start our aging process as soon as we’re born and we need to continue to build our character as we age. Some of us only age physically, while our soul remains stagnant and never really develops. We need to remain open to new opportunities and learning and how to connect with others.
Mr. Moore writes about how older people can become “elders” and help mentor the young. That’s something that seems to be missing in our society. It’s a youthful society and the merits of learning from the wisdom of its elders is not as important as it once was.
We need to embrace the experience of growing older instead of dreading it. Mr. Moore has written a beautiful book that can be referred to again and again throughout our lives.
This book was given to me by the publisher in return for an honest review.