I had the marvelous opportunity to attend a workshop in Durango, CO, on conscious eldering. The name, eldering, may be a put-off for some of us who feel like we are still youthful people in spite of the number of candles on our birthday cakes. It is an adjustment to accept this label in our youth-centered society but I learned that “elders” are valued in many cultures and we owe it to our communities to be sources of wisdom for younger members.
I happily claim the title, “Elder-in-Training” as I look for ways to grow into this second maturity. I do think it is our responsibility to live vibrant lives, using our free time to do what we love and build on a lifetime of learning. Our purpose is not to put ourselves on the shelf and turn all responsibility to the younger generation as we play cards and golf–though some of that is fine. The conscious elder contributes talents and wisdom where it can benefit families and communities with a goal of leaving a legacy that will long outlive our physical lives.
I highly recommend Ron Pevny’s book, Conscious Living, Conscious Aging if you are interested in being a elder-in-training.