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Being Thankful for the Good and Bad Times

In a time of thanksgiving, it’s normal to feel gratitude for the good in our life. Rarely do we take the opportunity to be thankful for both the good and bad times. Why should I be thankful for the difficulties in my life you might ask? After the tragedy of 9/11, many people took the […]

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Retirement Activities with Spirituality

When people retire, there is often an increased desire to know oneself and ones’ place in the world. This includes coming to terms with one’s mortality. Spiritual growth is an important ingredient to successful aging. The idea of spirituality is often confusing. Many mistake spirituality for religion. While there are similarities, they are different. There […]

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Finding Spiritual Connection

One of the ways to minimize the fear of getting older is to find a sense of spiritual connection. As we get older, many of the things we valued when we were younger are not as important. The following is adapted from an article I read by Marianne Williamson. Whether you engage in a traditional […]

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Spiritual Mysticism

Spiritual mysticism is a direct experience of the ground of all being. (Many words are used to describe the mysterious unity with which we seek connection — the Sacred, God, the Void, Brahman, the Absolute, and many others. I use “ground of being” because it is difficult to personify.) Direct experience precedes language; we have […]

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Contemplation and Spirituality

There is ample evidence that in later life many people turn their attention inward, but not in self-preoccupied reminiscence. Instead, they engage in a new type of action called abiding. Take the topic of retirement as an example. There are certainly some aspects of retirement, such as financial management, that require calculative thinking. But there […]

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The Spirituality of Life After 50

Later life is life after 50, when the responsibilities of adulthood have often become routine. With our less cluttered lives, there are increased opportunities for inner reflection and the development of awareness skills that allow us to tap into more of our inner life and to integrate this new awareness into our approach to life. […]

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Mindfulness: It’s More than Just a Trendy Word

A fun new Google tool graphs the incidence of words or phrases in all the books Google has scanned. I discovered this Ngram Viewer while looking for a way to find out if the use of the word “mindfulness” is an actual trend, or if it just seems that way to me. (You can experiment […]

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Is Consistency the Hobgoblin of Little Minds?

Ed. Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote, “A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds…” Linda-Ann shares the importance of being consciously consistent. Staying consciously consistent with your principles and with your positive daily affirmations isn’t a simple proposition. It’s so much easier to just fall back into the old programming or to react without thought. […]

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Fear of Commitment in Retirement

I made a decision recently to start attending church again. It was huge decision and I took a lot of time to decide if this was what I wanted to do. For me, going to church requires a commitment. The reason I’m sharing this with you is I see a lot of people who have […]

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Aging and Spirituality

Contemplative awareness and mystical experience are master processes that can serve as a spiritual gyroscope for the spiritual journey. With these processes well practiced, we are in a good position to take advantage of the freedoms of aging — retirement, the empty nest, lack of social demands that we conform to specific roles. In many […]

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