Conscious aging is rooted in the concept of “sage-ing”, a term adapted from the work of Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi. Sage-ing is a psycho-spiritual model of development that enables practitioners to complete their life journey well and wisely by harvesting the wisdom of their years and transmitting a legacy to future generations.
You can read his book, and you can take a local workshop on “conscious ageing.”
Rev Paul Gilroy has developed a series of workshops based on Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi’s work on “sageing.” His programs help participants improve on their acquired wisdom and existing strengths, which are often unknown to them. An important part of this process is developing confidence to let go of what is no longer useful or relevant. In this way, participants are encouraged to consciously and intentionally move into their next season of life.
Participants also learn how to avoid unconsciously and habitually drifting back into old patterns. Specifically, his Conscious Aging programs help and encourage you to: Identify the stereotypes and cultural myths around ageing and replace them with clear insights, evidence-based strategies, resources, and personal tools you can use to move through your latter years and seasons of life in a more meaningful and profoundly satisfying way; Examine your past, identify recurring patterns, and explore what those past events and patterns have to teach you now in light of your experience and more mature awareness; Look at common midlife transitions, including job and relationship changes, retirement, adjusting to an empty nest, financial setbacks, and waning youth.
The program claims that participants will not only strengthen their ability to adapt to and manage their life transitions, they will learn how to reframe these transitions as opportunities for new beginnings and positive momentum toward an enriched next phase of life.
For more information, check Paul’s website.