Wisdom

Out of experience and reflection wisdom arises. Follow the links below to explore aspects of wisdom.

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Elder Wisdom

Older and wiser?

Psychology Today: "Nine Guidelines for Ageing With Wisdom"

Next Avenue: "A few words to the wise (and not so wise) about ways to gain wisdom."

Science Daily: "study confirms adage that with age comes wisdom"

Good Men Project: Becoming a wise old man.

Ram Dass: "Why is it so important to come to terms with aging?"

Acceptance

By acepting that things are as they are we empower ourselves.

Psychology Today: "What Acceptance Is and Is Not"

Psychology Today: "our willingness to accept the unchangeable has a great deal to do with our emotional and psychological well-being"

Mindful: "Three Ways Acceptance Helps You Work with Difficult Emotions"

tiny buddha: "we need to cultivate the ability to truly accept whatever comes and embrace it"

Love being Retired: "Accepting Ageing"

Forgiveness

Forgiving others can be hard, forgiving ourselves even harder.

Psychology Today: "Forgiveness isn't something you do for the other person."

Psychology Today: "The factors that lead to forgiveness."

The Forgiveness Project: "At the heart of The Forgiveness Project is an understanding that restorative narratives have the power to transform lives; "

Positive Psychology: "What is Forgiveness and What Are the Benefits?"

The Mayo Clinic: "Forgiveness: Letting go of grudges and bitterness"

Jack Kornfield: "Without forgiveness we are chained to the past. Individually we remain caught in the hurt and pain of our history."

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Compassion

Feeling and understanding the pain of others and oneself then working to reduce it.

Psychology Today: "Compassion involves more than putting yourself in another's place."

Zen Habits: What is compassion?

Good Therapy: "Self-compassion is the ability to turn understanding, acceptance, and love inward."

Kristin Neff: "Self-compassion entails being warm and understanding toward ourselves."

Mindfulness and Meditation

Mindfulness can be bring ease, peace and joy into our lives.

NHS: "Becoming more aware of the present moment can help us enjoy the world around us more and understand ourselves better."

Psychology Today: "Mindfulness is important. How do we develop it?"

Mindful: "Getting Started with Mindfulness"

HelpGuide: "Mindfulness is the practice of purposely focusing your attention on the present moment—and accepting it without judgment."

The Mayo Clinic: "See how mindfulness helps you live in the moment."

Develop Good Habits: "Meditation vs. Mindfulness: What Is the Difference?"

Spirituality

Not necessarily religion, spirituality comes in a myriad forms and can give meaning to our lives.

Positive Psychology: Science and Spirituality

University of Minnesota: "What Is Spirituality?"

The Mayo Clinic: "at its core spirituality helps to give your life context."

Medical Journal of Australia: "Spiritual care and ageing in a secular society"

Tricycle: "Aging as a Spiritual Practice, An interview with Lewis Richmond"

The Conversation: "How spirituality can help us cope with the trials of ageing"


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