Building on the teachings of Rabbi Zalman Schachter Shalomi, the Ageing to Sageing® program invites you to embrace life and live your elder years more consciously, joyfully, and compassionately by offering powerful tools for gathering and giving expression to the wisdom of our own ripening lives. This new vision of aging empowers us to harvest the wisdom of our life experience by facing our mortality and learning from it, while we develop a personalized plan for healthy eldering. The transformative process is based on Jewish practices and the wisdom of other faith traditions and helps us to enrich our later years and to plan for life completion.
Through group and individual exercises, journaling, readings, and group discussion, we will learn to:
• Identify and reflect on the wisdom we have gained through life experience;
• Practice forgiveness of past hurts to free ourselves for a more joyful and productive “Third Act”;
• Prepare for our own mortality and plan for life completion;
• Explore ways to pass on the legacy of our wisdom to others and our community.
Today we will explore the Age-ing to Sage-ing definition of “Elder,” do a short exercise about our feelings about becoming the elder we want to be and discuss the interest and feasibility of doing a Wise Women Age-ing to Sage-ing class.
Definition of An Elder:
An Elder is a person who is still growing and still a learner, still with potential and whose life continues to have within it promise for, and connection to the future. An Elder is still in pursuit of happiness, joy, and pleasure, and her or his birthright to these remains intact. Moreover, an Elder is a person who deserves respect and honor and whose work it is to synthesize wisdom from long life experience and to formulate this into a legacy for future generations. (from the Live Oak Project)
1. How does this definition fit or not fit with your feelings about becoming an Elder?
2. For your Elder years, what do you look forward to?
3. What gives meaning to your life?
4. What do you want to offer others or this world as your Sacred Gift in appreciation for this life you have been given?
(Based on the book From Age-ing to Sage-ing: A Revolutionary Approach to Growing Older by Rabbi Zalman Schachtman-Shalomi and Ronald S. Miller)