Rick Moody is one of the giants of the field of aging. He has made many contributions to our understanding the the culture of aging. I think his genius is most evident in his “Human Values in Aging Newsletter.” It is always full of super chrunchy goodness.
Here is a sample… Rick offers us the insights of Kathleen Dowling Singh. Singh writes…
“Suffering is a predominant feeling of the process though
which a human being must pass as the mental ego deconstructs and
the transpersonal self is birthed… The suffering comes from the
clinging we do to all those facets of self we imagined ourselves
to be and that burn off in the process of becoming Light. It is
the very burning off of those facets, the facets giving themselves
up as fuel, that is the fire of transformation. The naked confrontation
with reality, pure awareness, is an arduous process involving the
de-animation of many layers of identity as the self dissolves into Oneness.
To this Moody adds…
W.B. Yeats puts it this way: ‘The price of a soul is sorrow.’ “
Let that one soak in for a while.
It is snowing here and I am spending the day with a mix of phone calls and work on the new non-fiction book— The Second Crucible.