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How do you look at aging?

Seminar to start in May to examine aging


By age 60 or so, most of us have found positive and inventive ways to cope with what life presents to us. We gather these ways from many sources: the media, science, education, our parent figures and past experience, to name a few.

We learn about aging in a different manner, however, where very little is based on past experience. Instead, aging is a process we encompass as we move along. We embrace it as we go, making our way through our own personal experiences on that journey. Few of us are fortunate enough to sit at the feet of a wise old sage and learn what the joys and pitfalls of aging will be.

The Institute of Noetic Sciences has put together an eight-session free workshop called “Conscious Aging” that examines the assumptions about aging we make when we have no map for the territory. The lessons they present are rich with heart and meaning, including exploring self-limiting beliefs and assumptions about aging; developing a self-compassion to help cope more effectively with the change, worry and stress of aging; enhancing connection and reducing isolation from others and the web of life; and reducing fear and increasing acceptance in the presence of death and dying for ourselves and our loved ones.

Each component of the IONS workshop provides opportunities for participants to tap into their own inner guidance and wisdom with the purpose of helping participants bring hidden beliefs and assumptions into conscious awareness. The means to this end for each class are self reflection, free writing, small and large group debriefing and visionary ideas and collective wisdom offered by readings and teleseminars.

The Institute of Noetic Science (ions.org) is a non-profit research, education and membership organization whose mission is to support individual and collective transformation through consciousness, educational outreach and engaging a global learning community. It was founded in 1973 by Apollo 14 astronaut Edgar Mitchell. A three-session pilot project workshop will begin May 1 at the Lake Oswego Adult Community Center, where participation will be limited to a class of 20. It will be co-led by Mary Lansing and Lois Isbell. Call the LOACC for further details at 504-636-3758.

Mary Lansing is a member of the Lake Oswego Adult Community Center.



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