We financially plan for our retirement, but do we plan for our wellbeing? Here is an empowering guide with practical tools to help you live a passionate, fulfilling second half of life.
If you’re part of the Baby Boomer generation, then you belong to 26 percent of the US population that is retiring healthier than any generation before. And that means retirement is starting to look a whole lot different.
No longer satisfied with a quiet life of sitting on the porch or puttering around the house, retirees (or soon to be) are looking to create a passionate, active, fulfilled, and engaging later life. That’s where Ron Pevny comes in. His inspiring guide helps you do what he calls “conscious aging”—or making a reality the life of growth, purpose, service, and spiritual exploration you’ve always imagined for yourself. In addition to wisdom for navigating loss and grief, Pevny offers advice that helps you identify your goals, contribute to society, remain engaged and relevant, and spend your later years in profound personal development.
Today’s seniors are reshaping what retirement is all about. It is a whole new opportunity to engage with family, community, and the world with vigor. Don’t just grow older—age consciously.
Aging baby boomers won't just fade away, says Pevny: they've saved their best act for last. As founder and director of the Colorado-based Center for Conscious Eldering, Pevny has spent a lot of time helping the generation of "cultural creatives" to bring that same focus, passion, and spirit to their final decades on Earth. He offers advice and stories drawn from his workshops and retreats that illustrate the deep emotional and psychological work he recommends for seniors. Suggested transformative activities range from the familiar (journaling about dreams) to more unusual (participating in a rite-of-passage ritual called the Death Lodge). It takes a while to get used to Pevny's particular vocabulary he uses some seldom-heard words, such as "elderhood" but it makes sense to use new words for a new way of looking at aging. There's a lot of personal development work to be done after reading, but the book itself moves quickly, with a conversational tone, as though the reader is being spoken to directly by Pevny. Specific exercises, recommendations for further reading, and chapter notes lend valuable authority to Pevny's visionary work.