Conscious Living, Conscious Aging: Embrace and Savor Your Next Chapter

Ron Pevny, Author
Ron Pevny. Atria/Beyond Words, $15 trade paper (224p) ISBN 978-1-58270-438-8
Hardcover - 333 pages - 978-1-4104-7569-5
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Aging baby boomers won’t just fade away, says Pevny: they’ve saved their best act for last. As founder and director of the Colorado-based Center for Conscious Eldering, Pevny has spent a lot of time helping the generation of “cultural creatives” to bring that same focus, passion, and spirit to their final decades on Earth. He offers advice and stories drawn from his workshops and retreats that illustrate the deep emotional and psychological work he recommends for seniors. Suggested transformative activities range from the familiar (journaling about dreams) to more unusual (participating in a rite-of-passage ritual called the Death Lodge). It takes a while to get used to Pevny’s particular vocabulary—he uses some seldom-heard words, such as “elderhood”—but it makes sense to use new words for a new way of looking at aging. There’s a lot of personal development work to be done after reading, but the book itself moves quickly, with a conversational tone, as though the reader is being spoken to directly by Pevny. Specific exercises, recommendations for further reading, and chapter notes lend valuable authority to Pevny’s visionary work. (Oct.)
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