Aging: The Master Teacher

The Ten Spiritual Developmental Tasks of the Illumination Years (Ages 66+)

Aug 29 2018

My hope for you is that you will age well.    Aging well doesn’t happen on its own.  Age alone does not automatically confer competence in “performing” this process we call aging well. Aging requires work; and this work needs to be quite intentional.  So what are the competencies of aging well.  If aging does have purpose then we, as practitioners of aging, can address and embrace the process the aging with varying degrees of competence, and “perform” the overarching act of aging well.            There are building blocks to health on all levels.  Optimal physical health requires nutritious diet, generous...

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The 10 Spiritual Developmental Tasks of Midlife

Aug 15 2018

Developmentally, midlife can be a turbulent time indeed.  Up to this point the central energies of our lives have been dedicated primarily to learning how the world works and trying, sometimes desperately, to figure out how we fit into this expanding and confusing calliope.   It's in midlife that we quite unintentionally and unwillingly start looking inward trying to figure out how we operate and how we ourselves fit into ourselves.  Even the words are confusing, the actual process is downright confounding; so much so that some of us never do find clarity; neither in our relationships with ourselves, nor our...

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What is a Chronic Problem Older Person?

Aug 01 2018

As you work with senior adults you will discover the wide range of personalities. Whereas most personalities are pleasant and most cooperative, some are not!   Johnson Institute Course 108 is specially designed to assist you serve these more difficult personalities in ways most helpful to them and most effective for you.  Understanding the five most common chronic problem personalities, recognizing their special needs, and developing sensitivity to their unique ways of seeing themselves and the world, are your most potent tools for building a ministerial relationship where both you and the senior adults you serve are most receptive to God's...

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You Cannot Honor Your Aging Parents by Dishonoring Yourself and /or Your Family

Jul 19 2018

The Book of Exodus, chapter 20, verse 12, states the Fourth Commandment:  “Honor your father and your mother, so that your days may be long in the land that the Lord your God is giving you.”  As youngsters, this commandment echoed through our minds as a central theme in our religious instruction.  The basic message was that to honor meant “to obey.”  Yet, we will always be children of our parents.  We will never be their parents.  Even though we are called at times to perform tasks which seem fundamentally parental for our own parents, the role reversal that has...

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Jul 04 2018

I formerly viewed my efforts of building wellness as a means for being healthier and perhaps to live longer. I’ve changed my perspective. Now, why do I pursue wellness - to live a more vital life right now?  Vitality So what is vitality? I would like to live a life of zest and energy; I want to savor life, to enjoy life and even to relish life… and in order to do this I must inject vibrancy into everything I do. I think vitality is a very personal concept; each of us views it and pursues it differently. Some of us find vitality...

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The Paradox of Strength as I Age

Jun 22 2018

I’ve attended more than several conferences on aging given by a medical doctor, a nurse or whomever, and I always come out feeling somewhat flummoxed because the “take away” was always the same – that as I aged my body gradually, but surely, loses strength.  I know the research… muscle strength training can stem the tide of decline – but it cannot stop it.  Yes, I have incorporated the unequivocal fact that I do get physically weaker as I age.  New Picture Yet, I know that this dismal picture is very different in my spiritual domain- because I know that...

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