Ageless Soul : The Lifelong Journey Toward Meaning and Joy
by Moore, Thomas







Acknowledgmentsix
Introduction1(12)
PART ONE RITES OF PASSAGE
1 The First Taste of Aging
13(18)
2 Old Bodies, Young Souls
31(18)
3 The Passages of Life
49(18)
PART TWO BECOMING A DEEPER PERSON AS YOU AGE
4 Melancholy: A Way to Happiness
67(16)
5 Processing Life Experiences
83(16)
6 The Maturing of Sexuality
99(20)
PART THREE IMAGINE AGING DIFFERENTLY
7 Illness as an Initiation
119(16)
8 Kindly Curmudgeons
135(14)
9 Play, Work, Retire
149(20)
PART FOUR OPEN YOUR HEART TO THE FUTURE
10 Being Fulfilled as an Elder
169(16)
11 Legacy: The Future of Your Life Experiment
185(18)
12 Transforming Loneliness
203(18)
PART FIVE THE SPIRITUALITY OF AGING
13 Friendship and Community
221(20)
14 The Angel of Old Age
241(20)
15 Living with Dying
261(12)
Conclusion: Let Things Take Their Course273(14)
Index287


The best-selling author of Care of the Soul counsels readers on how to embrace healthier perspectives on aging through a rich spiritual life, sharing coverage of subjects ranging from depression and mentorship to sexuality and the spiritual paths that open later in life.





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.





*Starred Review* Moore, a former monk, current psychotherapist, and author of the classic Care of the Soul (1992), contemplates aging in this thoughtful book. Successful aging is more than growing older, he writes. It's going through the steps and passages of life proactively to finally arrive at your true self. Moore sees melancholy and loneliness as feelings to embrace, explore, and work through. Instead of fighting aging, he urges readers to accept it and become mentors or elders to younger people, sharing both wisdom and compassion. Moore doesn't belittle the challenges that older people face, but instead counsels them to use these obstacles as the means to develop the soul. He urges everyone to be open to opportunities, to use retirement as a time to focus on arts and relationships, and to think of leaving legacies. He understands older people's need to be seen and heard as well as the draw of formal religion and the quest for meaning. And he speaks of death as the natural progression of life. Moore, who is in his late seventies, follows his own advice as he continues to speak and write about spirituality. This gentle book, filled with specific suggestions and thought-provoking examples, will be inspiring to older readers and a comfort to their caregivers. Copyright 2017 Booklist Reviews.






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