Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi

I first came across Rabbi Schachter-Shalomi’s work in the mid-90’s. He pioneered the concept that he describes in his book, From Age-ing to Sage-ing, A Revolutionary Approach to Growing Older (1995). Recently I came across a new edition (2014) with an added Preface and Afterword (The December Years). I spent a couple of hours skimming the text; remembering; reminiscing; newly appreciative of the Rabbi as a wisdom teacher. I am grateful for the depth he brings to the complex challenges of aging, for example, repairing the past; Thanatos and Libido; mentoring; spiritual direction; aging and energy. I am especially grateful for the seeds that his work planted in my awareness in 1995; I can see how some of these have produced fruit over time, for example, my work in spiritual direction.

To learn more about his life and work:

In His Own Words

“Do not exalt any path above god. There are many paths that lead to god. So people are capable of finding and following the ways that suit them, provided they do not stand still.” ~Wrapped in a Holy Flame: Teachings and Tales of the Hasidic Masters

“Spiritual eldering has benefited from all this exploration. It draws liberally on the breakthroughs in consciousness that we have made in the past three decades. It also depends on the shift from the old, otherworldly spirituality to the new celebrational spirituality that heals the split between spirit and matter and that affirms the sacredness of life on Earth. This attitude enables us to harvest our lives and to bequeath a legacy to the generations that follow us.” ~From Age-ing to Sage-ing: A Profound New Vision of Growing Older


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