Wisdom and Eldership Classes
Becoming an “elder” has lost most of its meaning in our culture. Yet eldership presents the promise of wise leadership for the greater good. Many key thought leaders, from psychologist Carl Jung to theologist Richard Rohr, have indicated that we live through two very different halves of life, each with its own corresponding tasks and gifts. Those of us in the second half of life can learn to embrace the wisdom of being a true elder.
This program will explore the potentially transformative nature of aging, becoming an elder, and the importance of developing wisdom in the second half of life. Each week will include three consecutive experiences:
Contemplative Practice — an introduction to different modes of contemplation designed to help participants be present, centered and reflective.
Elder Tales — fairy tales that feature older protagonists. Elder tales present an alternative to the dominant heroic perspective and their unrealistic “happily ever after” themes. According to psychiatrist Allan Chinen, elder tales offer “a new image of maturity, centered around wisdom, self-knowledge, and transcendence.” Through elder tales we will explore the psychology and spirituality of aging in a relaxed and conversational setting.
Harvesting and Wisdom Circle — participants will explore their life stories in small groups using the lessons from elder tales to help them reflect on what they have learned and what they have contributed as their legacies.
Dates and Times:
Wednesdays, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Donations to The Healing Space of Cincinnati are welcomed.