Introductory Lecture /Webinar
An Opportunity and Invitation: Let’s Cultivate our Wisdom and Meaning
in the Second Half of Life!
We have all grown up and internalized the huge, discriminatory, and misguided paradigm of aging that our productive lives usually end by the time we get to retirement age. After that, we just need to find a way to "keep busy" and do our best to endure the deterioration of our lives in later life. Nothing could be further from the truth, in my opinion.
The Sage-ing® approach emerged to create the new paradigm of aging towards the end of the 20th century in the United States, leading the way for "conscious aging," a movement that sees aging as an exciting and essential process to help human beings harvest the wisdom and spiritual understanding of their lives and experiences, for their own benefit, their immediate circles and for society at large.
Logotherapy, as developed by Prof. Viktor Frankl, teaches a world-view that every human is motivated by the will to discover meaning in his/her life, and meaning exists in every moment and situation in life. In its recognition of the holistic nature of the human being, Logotherapy appeals to what lies beyond the psycho-physical nature of an older person, it affirms one’s capacity to find meaning in life even in the midst of suffering.
In this introductory talk we will:
Challenge limiting beliefs, open our minds and hearts to envision all that we can become at this unique time in our lives.
This lecture will include several reflective questions and can be expanded into a dynamic, energetic, and interactive workshop either online (by Zoom), or in person.
It is suitable for small or large groups alike, focusing on people who have reached their 50th birthday and beyond and remain curious about the potential that this time of life may offer!
What will the talk explore?
Stereotypes and Images of Aging
Longevity Revolution, Its Questions and Dilemmas
Poet Mary Oliver’s Invitation – “What is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?”
“Sage-ing”: aging as a process of spiritual development
Life Story Interview/Life Review
Wisdom of Aging
7 Components of Wisdom
Viktor Frankl: Man’s Search for Meaning
Will to Meaning: Principles of Logotherapy
Three Ways to Meaning (Frankl)- how does this apply to Aging?
Different views on meaning: the “Wheel of Meaning”- what really matters to us?
Creating a Vision and plan in our Second half of Life
The Importance of attitude in cultivating meaning and wisdom
Creating our legacy as we age
How to wake up in the morning and “seize the day”- in our Second Half of Life?
(Suitable for small or large groups)