For a decade now Itineraries has been a “regular” publication — an increasingly hefty digital tome which appeared quarterly with a measure of predictability and which over the years has featured articles by over 150 contributors.
This current issue — the last “regular” issue — revisits the 2011 theme of spirituality, focusing on PRACTICES FOR WAKEFULNESS; it includes essays by two new contributors and by three of the four 2011 guest editors.
Itineraries now becomes an “irregular” publication — or in library parlance, an occasional publication — dependent for its continued appearance on the initiative of colleagues and the “gathering to a greatness” of unsolicited essays.
In this issue…
This issue, which revisits our 2011 yearlong exploration of THE SPIRITUALITY OF LATER LIFE, opens with an invitation from Carol Orsborn to grow “fierce with age.” Then Ellen Ryan and Betsy Crites in separate essays describe writing and activism as ongoing spiritual practices that foster spiritual transformation. Ron Pevny and Randy Morris present two rituals for honoring new commitments and transformations as part of the passage into elderhood. Next, Bolton Anthony explores similar themes as they are mirrored in literature and film. Finally, the concluding chapter of John Sullivan’s forthcoming book, Integral Living, is excerpted.
Ellen B. Ryan
The breeze at dawn has secrets to tell you.
Don’t go back to sleep.
You must ask for what you really want.
Don’t go back to sleep.
People are going back and forth
across the doorsill
where the two worlds touch.
The door is round and open.
Don’t go back to sleep.
Resumes Jan. 16th…
in Chapel Hill
„Films for the second half of life“
A Serious Man
Zorba the Greek
Young @ Heart
Fierce With Age
I’ve got an invitation for you that you won’t be able to refuse. It’s a multiyear, in-depth course that is designed to strip away your ego, confront you with ultimate questions about meaning and purpose, and give you the opportunity to come to terms with mortality… It’s called aging… More…
Carol Orsborn is Founder of FierceWithAge, the Digest of Boomer Wisdom, Inspiration and Spirituality, and the best-selling author of over 20 books.
Plunging Inward for the Giving Words
Gradually, some perspective emerged; and I began to journal about how my situation could be worse, about all the supports I enjoyed, and the potential for learning valuable lessons through these experiences… My enforced solitude and quiet non-reading life became a gift of time for my journal — paying more and more attention to the moment, nature, myself, and other people…. More…
Ellen B. Ryan, Professor Emeritus at McMaster University in Hamilton, ON, is co-editor of the anthology Celebrating Poets Over 70 and Web host of the blog/Web site on Writing, Aging and Spirit.
The essays, poems, and visual art in this volume, of which this poem and details from a photo are examples, are the works of 24 “later-life” travelers and offer intimate witness
to their transformative journeys. 218 pp 6″ x 9″ Full color
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Releasing the Past
A core tenet of conscious eldering is that the work that prepares us to be at peace as we leave this life is the same work that prepares us to become conscious elders. It involves healing our past and leaving behind our self-identification with our previous life stage. Once done, we can move without encumbrance into the mysterious next chapter that awaits us… More…
Ron Pevny, who has been a wilderness rite of passage guide in 1979, is the director of the Center for Conscious Eldering and is a Certified Sage-ing® Leader.
Earth Elder Initiation
The call to elderhood is archetypal in nature; it springs from the instinctual, animal body of a human being who is in touch with himself and with a “sacred other.” It can be discerned in dreams, visions, strong emotions of grief and joy, synchronicities, epiphanies, and other manifestations of the unconscious… To be able to perceive this call and respond to it requires that one be conscious of the very possibility of a “sacred other”… More…
Randy Morris is a core faculty member at Antioch University Seattle, a vision quest guide, and President of the Board of Rite of Passage Journeys.
Tim Carpenter, the founder of EngAGE, a nonprofit that changes aging and the way people think about aging by transforming senior apartment communities into vibrant centers of learning, wellness, and creativity, will speak on Tuesday evening, February 18, at the UNC Friday Center in Chapel Hill. Click above for full details and to register.
The article below by Tim is excerpted from Aging in Community.
…Burbank Senior Artists Colony opened in May of 2005: 141 units, residents of all artistic skills, both professional and newly acquired, and a rich variety of physical amenities that include a theater, arts studios, computer media lab, outdoor performance spaces, classrooms, and other bells and whistles intended to spark creativity. The physical amenities are more than matched by the intellectual amenities: college-level classes provided onsite by professional artists and groups of residents who come together to create art shows, plays, films, and other forms of expressive neighborly lunacy…
with Bolton Anthony
Tuesday, April 29 at 7 PM
Flyleaf Books in Chapel Hill
“The temptation is to try to repeat ourselves: to live the second half of life as we did the first — to rely on that same repertoire of skills that has served us so well, not recognizing that some tectonic shift had occurred in our lives.” Bolton Anthony will read selections from Second Journey: The Dance of Spirit in Later Life,
Coming in February
A new book by John Sullivan
The Dance of Spirit in Later Life
But there is also this paradox: Though our survival dance is about constructing an ego that allows us to “succeed in the world,” if we wish to “graduate” and move on to our sacred dance, we almost always need to fail at the task. That’s because, as Richard Rohr writes, “The way up is the way down”… More…
Bolton Anthony, who founded Second Journey in 1999, is the editor of Second Journeys: The Dance of Spirit in Later Life and the host of the The Heart’s Desire, a film series now in its third season in Chapel Hill.
Peace Through Peaceful Means
I dimly remember that day in late August, 1963, when my parents and I walked across Memorial Bridge to join the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. We had just moved to the Northern Virginia suburbs the year before. I was 12 and still homesick for the farm in Colorado where I’d grown up, so more than anything I remember the crowds — I’d never seen so many people together… More…
Betsy Crites co-founded and served as Director of Witness for Peace, a nationwide, faith-based organization committed to nonviolence in support of just U.S. policies in Latin America.
Two Halves Becoming Whole
So take the plunge. Bring the capacities of all stages to bear in each present moment. Join the upward striving of spring and summer with the letting go and letting be of autumn and winter. Surely then we will come to live more fully, prizing every gift that life offers… More…
Second Journey’s “philosopher in residence” John G. Sullivan is a regular contributor to Itineraries and the author of The Spiral of the Seasons and The Fourfold Path to Wholeness.
Excerpted from John Sullivan’s new book, Integral Living, which will be available in February.