Over the past 10 years, becoming an Elder has been a primary focus of mine. I have had the great opportunity to study the key role that Indigenous Elders play in their communities and cultures. It is one of wise service and it engenders great respect. This relationship seems to be missing in our modern western world.
Click here for the "Elders Council", published in Ron Pevny's new book, 'Concious Living, Conscious Aging'.
Every day, for the next 15 years, 10,000 baby boomers will reach the age of 65. The added impact of this population on an already overtaxed infrastructure is staggering. But how true is the stereotype of older folks becoming redundant in their retirement years, playing golf and going on cheap cruises, getting sicker and ultimately dying in nursing homes? What if we did a total reframe on this pessimistic scenario and realized the potential for an ever growing demographic of people to not take from but to give back to society and our beautiful planet?
Click here for "We are the Ones" article, published in Kosmos: Journal for Global Tansformation, Fall 2014.
Conscious Elders Vision
Our vision is to attain a sustainable global society founded on respect for nature, universal human rights, economic justice, and a culture of peace and non-violence. It is a vision of wholeness, created by right relationships - with oneself, other persons, other cultures, other life, and the larger whole of which we are a part. Some of the most significant things that Elders can do is to support the younger generations.
One of the most important roles of an Elder is mentorship. It can be as simple as listening to someone tell their story. Sometimes just being heard is of immeasurable help. An elder can also model certain kinds of behavior: authenticity and kindness for example. Or mentoring can be an ongoing relationship where the Elder guides the mentee thru certain aspects of his or her personal development. Mentoring can show up in many different ways. What really counts is that the Elder cares about the individuals and that he/she has an investment in their well-being.
A large part of getting older is learning to accept the paradoxes of Life. It is all an amazing ride and the challenge is to practice being less attached to our expectations or the outcomes. The gift is in being surprised and grateful for every moment!
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