Many books about aging focus on the physical and financial dimensions of aging. Not many book-length works focus on the spiritual dimension of aging–or how the self transcends the vicissitudes of time.
Fortunately, Thomas Moore (b. 1940) wrote Ageless Soul: The Lifelong Journey Toward Meaning and Joy (St. Martin’s Press, 2017).
- Story: Listen closely to the stories of life.
- Dreams: Track dreams to see the soul stuff and time line.
- Perspective: Express your own perspective, e.g., don’t judge where the client judges himself.
- Face the demons: Deal with issues that arise within yourself.
- Spirituality: Be open to questions of ultimate meaning and mystery–the spiritual dimension.
The tone of the book is positive and full of hope while still dealing with issues that can cause people a lot of suffering.
I’m in my mid fifties, and I plan on rereading this book once a decade. I have a feeling that I’m missing some of the meaning because of my relative lack of experience with aging issues. But where I did recognize age-related challenges, Moore offered me a path through obstacles and into opportunities that only elders can enjoy.