The Art of Ageing
Inspiration for a Positive and Abundant Later Life

By John Lane

The Art of Ageing
Hardback, 128 pages £10.95
Published: 30th September 2010
ISBN: 9781900322737
Format: 234mm x 156mm

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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 an appreciation of each moment of beauty and wasting no opportunity for learning and love. The Art of Ageing has been written to help 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 unequaled 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 potentials, time to live in accordance with dreams, and 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 80s and 90s.


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

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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

John Lane is a painter, writer and educationalist. Born in 1930, he was Chairman of the Dartington Hall Trust, founding direct of the Beaford Arts centre and instrumental in the creation of Schumacher College. His previous 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 lives in North Devon with his wife Truda.


Publication Details:

Binding: Hardback, 128 pages
ISBN: 9781900322737
Format: 234mm x 156mm

Binding: Electronic book text, 128 pages
ISBN: 9780857840141
Format: PDF

Binding: Electronic book text, 128 pages
ISBN: 9780857840158
Format: EPUB

Binding: Electronic book text
ISBN: 9780857841438
Format: Kindle

BISAC Code:  SEL005000
Imprint: Green Books

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