Author: Swami Ambikananda SaraswatiEditor(s): Bri Manisha Wilmette BrownPublisher: HarperCollinsYear: 2003Language: EnglishPages: 210ISBN/UPC (if available): 8172235178
This powerful book challenges the myth that we can only realize our full potential in our youth and that dreams only belong to the young. This is an incredible, life-enhancing book that will completely transform you perception of aging and empower you to finally become the person that you have always wanted to be.The author shows us that as we grow older our quest is to gether up the experience of our years and to use it to reconnect to our ageless and timeless self. This is the immortal spirit within that is always urging us to follow paths of growth and renewal. If we can take up its spiritual and physical challenge our experience of old age will be rich, rewarding and joyful. Swami Ambikananda shows us how we can rise to these challenges by exploring five different stages, or waves, of aging:The First Wave- Make the Unconscious Conscious-recover and fulfil dreams buried by the demands of youthThe Second Wave- Opening Up –let go of events and dreams whose times have passed and have the courage to move onThe Third Wave-Staying in Touch-overcome isolation by staying in touch with everything that it means to be humanThe Fourth Wave- Recreating Yourself-redirect your creative energies to become the person you’ve always wanted to be The Fifth Wave- Turn to Face the Other Way –approach death with curiosity and have the courage to look beyond its horizonSwami Ambikananda shares spiritual practices and physical exercises that will help you experience each wave to the full. She also shows you how to use your body’s changes to embrace your true nature and arrive at anew self-knowledge and spiritual and physical vitality. This is an incredible, life-enhancing book that will completely transform you perception of aging and empower you to finally become the person that you have always wanted to be.
AcknowledgementsIntroductionCHAPTER 1The Emerging SelfCHAPTER 2Unavoidably PresentTHE FIRST WAVECHAPTER 3Make the Unconscious ConsciousCHAPTER 4Riding the Wave of Making the Unconscious ConsciousTHE SECOND WAVECHAPTER 5Open UpCHAPTER 6Riding the Wave of Opening UpTHE THIRD WAVECHAPTER 7Stay in touchCHAPTER 8Riding the Wave of Staying in TouchTHE FOURTH WAVECHAPTER 9Re-create YourselfCHAPTER 10Riding the Wave of Re-creating YourselfTHE FIFTH WAVECHAPTER 11Turn and Face the Other WayCHAPTER 12Riding the Wave of Turning to Face of Other wayBibliographyReferencesIndex