In the first half of life, we are naturally preoccupied with establishing ourselves; climbing, achieving, and performing. But as we grow older and encounter challenges and mistakes, we need to see ourselves in a different and more life-giving way. This message of falling down - that is in fact moving upward - is the most resisted and counterintuitive of messages in the world's religions.
Falling Upward offers a new paradigm for understanding one of the most profound of life's mysteries: how those who have fallen down are the only ones who understand "up". We grow spiritually more by doing it wrong than by doing it right, and the disappointments of life are actually stepping stones to the spiritual joys in the second half of life.
"[A] trustworthy guide to the spiritual life." (BlogCritics.org)
"Understanding the spiritual aspects of aging is as important as appreciating the systems and biological processes that age us. Richard Rohr has given us a perfect guide to what he calls the 'further journey,' a voyage into the mystery mystery and beauty of healthy spiritual maturity." (Mehmet Oz, M.D., host of the Dr. Oz Show)
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Wisdom for the Over 50s
This books ranks first among the audiobooks I have listened to so far.
Richard Rohr shares profound wisdom about the challenges of growing older. Whilst integrating the suffering associated with physical decline and loss of all kinds, Rohr points to people who radiate a 'bright sadness' . These people are naturally elders in our community, mentors for people in the first half of life. The message is that loss happens, by the very nature of life itself. We can stopping rueing our losses and step into a new freedom: the freedom of being totally ordinary. People who are able to allow this to happen with grace, learn to risk more and to trust the fall. This is what falling upward means: the trustful knowledge that we are falling into the everlasting arms of God.Rohr talks about the second half of life as being done to us: we move from the driver's seat into the passenger's seat, yet with the freedom and the ability to whispers suggestions to the Driver.It is a comfortable place of choiceless choice.We must do what we must do.We cannot not do what we must do. Our only choice is the choice to enter into the second half of life: to fall upward.
Very soothing, calm voice: like a morning balm.
THE EVERLASTING ARMS
- Nimmi Hutnik
Falling Upwad in Love