The Enchanted Loom reviews Kathleen Dowling Singh's book, The Grace in Aging
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Dowling Singh’s …
The Grace in Aging speaks to those who
have been stirred in this lifetime by the
wish to awaken,
to live in more
sane, more kind,
and more peace-
ful minds, to live
in a more deeply-
to the sacred.
Most of the time, we engage in denial,
defensiveness, and contractive reactivity.
These habits are ones of tightening
in the low-
of the self.
In spiritual practice the ego comes to be
recognized with no more denial, as an
unreliable refuge. It is delusional of us to
think of ego as a hiding place.
For all the men and women of our genera-
tion who were coaxed to grab it all for our-
selves because we’re worth it, the generosity
of harmlessness is a new star on the horizon.
Intention. Attention. Ease. Joy. Curiosity.
We line them up as a child would line up
are our presents.
When we begin
using these gifts
wisely, we end
up with the
wonder of a child.
With The Grace of Aging we can begin
living in “the bliss of blamelessness.”
The eight worldly concerns, the traps that
keep us enmeshed in reactivity, are loss &
gain, pleasure &
pain, fame &
& blame. These
are eight good
places to begin
looking for grace.
It’s time to do some
pruning. We prune in
accordance with wis-
dom and intention.
grows. Pruning, we
keep what is essential.
We allow for new
growth. We allow
for beauty.(pg. 118)
Unused insights, unused gifts of spirit and
spiritual practice, dissipate. They’re often
elusive, subtle flashes
to begin with. Apply-
ing them clarifies them,
allows us to embody
our realizations. Apply-
ing them, we create new
neural pathways, new
The commitment to awaken is simply to
return to the commitment to awaken
over and over (and over).