Aging is a journey: a decades-long adventure of new opportunities and surprises. For many men, the decline in virility and power that accompanies age can be a tough pill to swallow. When these fall away, how do we make sense of who we are? What does it mean to be a man?
Drawing from research, interviews, and personal stories, Every Breath, New Chances shows readers how to turn toward the changes associated with aging and to reevaluate losses and transitions as new avenues for joy, self-discovery, renewal, and growth. Delving into topics such as divorce, single living, retirement, and encore careers, each chapter includes a contemplative practice called Deep Mind Reflection to help readers navigate the fears and aspirations that come along with changes in relationships and work. This book addresses the more challenging realities associated with illness, substance abuse, and mortality, while empowering readers to compassionately embrace next steps and spiritual preparations for their final decades of life. This book does not proffer tools for staving off an inevitable part of life; rather, it offers frameworks and strategies for peacefully embracing it.
AUTHOR: Lewis Richmond has been a meditation teacher, musician, and software entrepreneur. He is the author of four previous books, including the national best-seller, Work as a Spiritual Practice: A Practical Buddhist Approach to Inner Growth and Satisfaction on the Job and the more recent award-winning Aging as a Spiritual Practice: A Contemplative Guide to Growing Older and Wiser. In addition to these books, Richmond's essays have appeared in such magazines as Tricycle, The Buddhadharma, Turning Wheel, and Shambhala Sun. While in retirement, he remains a musician and composer, and an editor and mentor to other authors.