By Phyllis Collier
Special to The PREVIEW
More people than ever before in the history of the world are living to an advanced age in relatively good health. There are few guidelines for living past retirement age with grace, courage and enthusiasm.
The Institute of Noetic Science (IONS) has developed an eight-session series for older adults who want to age in a conscious way.
In the eight interactive sessions, participants will share their views, hopes and fears about a number of topics that are a part of the aging process. One topic will be covered in each two-hour session. The session topics include an Introduction to Conscious Aging, Self-Compassion, Forgiveness, Life Review, Transformation Practices, Attitudes toward Death and Dying, Surrender and Letting Go, and Creating a New Vision of Aging.
Each session is structured to include time for personal reflection and writing, discussions in small groups of three to four people, and large group circles. Suggested home practices will be offered after each session.
Material in the manual from the Conscious Aging program at IONS will be the basis of each of the sessions. The emphasis will be on deep personal reflection as well as deep listening. This is not a therapy program, but an opportunity to be with other people who are considering the deep questions that you are as you age.
The series will be facilitated by Pam Kircher, a certified facilitator in Conscious Aging. Sessions will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. on the second and fourth Thursdays of the month from October through February (except for Thanksgiving and the December holiday week). They’ll be held at the Pagosa Unitarian Universalist Fellowship at Unit B-15 of the Greenbriar Plaza, located at the corner of North Pagosa Boulevard and Park Avenue in Pagosa Springs. The first session is on Thursday, Oct. 12, from 2 to 4 p.m.
The only cost is $20 for the series to cover the cost of your manual and rental of the UU space. If you have questions or would like to register, please contact Kircher at firstname.lastname@example.org or 264-6129. Space is limited, so preregistration is necessary.
By Phyllis Collier