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The Art of Ageing
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"No young man believes he shall ever die," observed William Hazlitt. Yet ageing remains a natural part of life, and it is precisely the impermanence of life that renders it so precious. Knowing that it is brief requires us to appreciate each moment of beauty and waste no opportunity for learning and love. The Art of Ageing has been written to help us achieve these ends. Some people may experience bad health, unhappiness and grief, but for many their later years can be amongst the happiest they have known - years that provide unequalled opportunities for creative growth enriched by mature relationships with children, grandchildren, spouse or partner and beloved friends. The shallowness of inexperience can be replaced by a depth of understanding and complexity of being; and restless speed with the serenity of untroubled leisure. Now there is time for experiment and creativity, time for exploring our different potentials, time to live in accordance with our dreams, time to be ourselves. The Art of Ageing gives advice on how to make the most of ageing, how we can celebrate its positive gifts and includes the stories of a variety of people who have enjoyed creative and productive lives well into their eighties and nineties.
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Table of Contents

Introduction 1 Some Thoughts on Growing Old 2 A Short History of Ageing 3 Coping with Ageing 4 Delaying the Advent of Old Age 5 Your One Wild and Precious Life 6 The Great Uncertainty 7 The Art of Ageing 8 Brief Lives: Peter Ashton; Barbara Blackman; Emma Brofferio; Mary Cuzner; Marianne de Trey; Gertrud Hunziker-Fromm; Dick Joy; Satish Kumar; James Lovelock; Dennis Pickering; AnneWestcott Chapter notes Recommended reading

About the Author

John Lane (1930 - 2012) was a painter, writer and educationalist. He was Chairman of the Dartington Hall Trust, founding direct of the Beaford Arts centre and instrumental in the creation of Schumacher College. His books include The Living Tree: Art and the Sacred, Timeless Simplicity: Creative Living in a Consumer Society, Timeless Beauty in the Arts and Everyday Life and The Spirit of Silence: Making Space for Creativity. He lived in Devon for over 40 years.

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"A gentle, inspirational guide on how to make the most of advancing years." * Yoga and Health - November 2010 * "John Lane's Art of Ageing is for those of us who are old and those of you who are moving towards us who are old. His book is amusing, honest, informative and full of good things." * David Cadman, Resurgence - Jan/Feb 2011 *

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