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《BRAN-NEW + How To Celebrate Life After Fifty In Comprehensive Look At Emotional, Spiritual & Cognitive Dimensions》Michael Gurian - THE WONDER OF AGING : A New Approach to Embracing Life After Fifty

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Bestselling author and counselor Michael Gurian offers a comprehensive look at the emotional, spiritual, and cognitive dimensions of aging—and how to celebrate life after fifty.  Bestselling author and renowned family counselor Michael Gurian teaches you how to embrace aging and life after fifty through this spiritual and comprehensive guide. The New York Times bestselling author of The Wonder of Boys offers a holistic and uplifting look at the emotional, spiritual, and cognitive dimensions of aging—and how to celebrate life after fifty. The topic of aging after fifty is frequently only discussed in terms of health—what are the physical symptoms that come with advanced age, and what can we do about them? The Wonder of Aging, however, aims to look at aging in a new way—as something that is positive, showing how miraculous our second half of life can be. The Wonder of Aging goes beyond these topics to serve as both a spiritual, meditative guide and a practical exploration of the emotional and psychological dimensions of the second half of life. This profound book looks at aging as something positive, life-giving, and miraculous. In his characteristically accessible and moving prose, family therapist Michael Gurian shows how we become elders. The world needs our wisdom, he argues, and he shows us how to develop and share it. Called “the people’s philosopher” for his ability to apply scientific ideas to our ordinary lives, Gurian sees life after fifty as an enormously fruitful, exciting, and fulfilling time. Drawing on groundbreaking research in neuroscience as well as anecdotes from his many clients over the last two decades, he goes beyond the physical-centered view of aging to present a new, holistic paradigm that embraces the soul-enriching opportunities of fifty and beyond. The Wonder of Aging divides the second half of life into three stages: the Age of Transformation, from our late forties to around sixty; the Age of Distinction, from sixty to seventy-five; and the Age of Completion, which involves the final stage of our journey. Discussing topics such as sex, how men and women age differently, the effects of aging on the brain, grandparenting, living with purpose, and what to expect in your last chapter, Gurian also provides meditations and exercises to help you design your present and future. Written with Gurian’s courageously optimistic outlook on life, The Wonder of Aging is a comprehensive and comforting road map of what to expect in the second half of your life—and how to celebrate it. The elder years can be a journey into something richer and deeper, full of hope and meaning rather than a sense of fate, and this book gives you the tools to revel in them to the fullest. Gurian divides life after fifty into four stages: ✔ Stage 1: The Age of Transformation. This is the stage of life from the late forties to approximately sixty. ✔ Stage 2: The Age of Distinction. This stage of life lasts from approximately sixty to seventy-five. ✔ Stage 3: The Age of Completion. This stage involves completing our life-journey, both together (if we are still coupled) and alone, if our spouse has passed on or if we are divorced. He developed these stages in response to both scientific and anthropological information, and in response to the needs of his clients, who sought help in understanding where they were and what to expect in the second half of life. With updated research and anecdotes to help you discover a new paradigm for aging, you can understand how aging affects you physically, mentally, relationally, and spiritually, and how to celebrate these changes holistically and healthfully. ----------------------------------------------------------------------- Rrview From Publishers Weekly : "Let's fully experience that and see what great journey we can make as we sing a new, mature song of wonder, love, adventure, and empowered age." Mental health counselor Gurian (The Purpose of Boys) turns his attention to the second half of life, addressing the needs and discussing the cycle that elders experience. Combining his own experience with that of other researchers he discusses the elements of healthy aging, including a focus on reducing physical and mental stress, embracing the aging process, creating new communities, and spiritual growth. Gurian's prose is ever mindful, whether discussing human needs for happiness, gender differences, the role of sexual intimacy, or the multi-faceted impacts of chronic disease. He intersperses thought-provoking explanatory passages with bulleted lists, providing detailed or summarized information for readers. This book opens much-needed discussion on aging and dying—often considered taboo topics in American culture, which is ironic given their nature as universal experiences—and will give readers the means to approach these topics with their families and friends. Gurian has an optimistic, energizing, and sympathetic voice that will inspire readers as they seek guidance on their journeys through life. -------------------------------------------------------------------- Review From Spirituality & Practice : An exploration of the three stages of the second half of life and the importance of becoming a spiritual elder. and family counselor and The New York Times bestselling author of 26 books including An American Mystic and Love's Journey. His interest in elders was sparked during his teen years when his mother, a gerontologist, formed a friendship with Dr. Elisabeth Kubler-Ross, author of Death: The Final Stage of Growth. One of the frontispiece quotations here is from Kubler-Ross: "It is our purpose as human beings to grow — to look within ourselves to find and build upon that source of peace and understanding and strength which is our inner selves, and to reach out to others with love, acceptance, patient guidance, and hope for what we all may become together." In this wide-ranging book, Gurian explores the new paradigm for the three stages of age: ● Stage 1: the age of transformation (from approximately fifty to mid-sixties); ● Stage 2: the age of distinction (from approximately mid-sixties to late seventies); and ● Stage 3: the age of spiritual completion (from approximately eighty to one hundred, and beyond). The author has incorporated scientific research and a holistic approach to physical, mental, relational, and spiritual developments. Animated by wonder and optimism, Gurian maps the territory ahead and spices up the proceedings with wise words from saints, poets, philosophers, and sages. The new spirit of aging that is afoot in our culture requires concentration and focus, embracing a realistic optimism, forming new communities, and growing from "adult" to "elder." Maintaining a "circle of friends is a spiritual ground, a place of health, a time of freedom, a concentration of life force, a source of passionate life-energy." During Stage 1, the age of transformation, most of us experience a keen sense of the body's weakness and deterioration. But we can muster the confidence to accept these changes and to do the inward work necessary to develop a new fearlessness. This stage of life requires us to relish the wonder of aging. During the age of distinction, Stage 2, we will ache a lot, our skin will wrinkle, and our brain chemistry will be changed. This is the time to pass on your legacy and to savor the freedom that comes with it. Some people may experience a second wind during this period. The final age of completion is marked by an increase in spirituality. Some will become more devout while others may start the spiritual journey of renunciation. All people during this stage of life will have to come to terms with their own death and dying. In a fascinating chapter, Gurian outlines seven differences in the ways men and women age. Other subjects covered include the wisdom of intimate separateness, sexuality, the grandparent brain, a new lifetime of second chances, and the miracle of dying and death. Gurian does a masterful job in fleshing out the challenges, the joys, and the freedom in becoming spiritual elders who have wisdom to pass on to the next generations. About the Author Michael Gurian is a marriage and family counselor in private practice, and the New York Times bestselling author of twenty-seven books. Michael cofounded the Gurian Institute, a training and research organization, in 1996 and frequently speaks at and consults with corporations, physicians, hospitals, schools, and other professionals. He has been called “the people’s philosopher” for his ability to combine cutting-edge science with people’s everyday lives.

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