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This Is Getting Old: Zen Thoughts on Aging with Humor and Dignity [Format Kindle]

Susan Moon

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 “A funny, honest, and deeply personal book.  This collection of confessional essays makes for absorbing reading.”—Mandala magazine<o:p> </o:p>

“Refreshingly honest and enlightening. In this sterling collection of essays, Susan Moon looks at the rewards, blessings, drawbacks, and challenges of aging.  We are so grateful that Moon has written this insightful book in which she passes on what all this has meant to her.”—Spirituality & Practice

“Gentle essays . . . long on dignity.  Moon uses detail vividly in her determination to make peace with the many failures of brain and body (from forgetting her Social Security number to wondering if she’ll ever have sex again). Her best writing occurs when memory, emotion, and spirit coalesce as she recovers parts of herself left behind in childhood or comes to terms with solitude.”—Publishers Weekly

“Moon shares stories of her journey, providing on each page the deep intimacy experienced with an old friend over a cup of tea, the kind that satisfies and leaves you wanting more.  She plunges below the surface to explore grief, depression, loneliness, and peace, without losing her characteristic wry humor and infectious delight.  And in the process, her stories become our stories.”—Turning Wheel (The Buddhist Peace Fellowship) 

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“[Moon] does not shy away from any aspect of aging, from sore knees to foggy memory, but also maintains a sassy sense of humor.  Perhaps if more people were as open about aging as Moon is, we shouldn’t all be so uncomfortable with the idea. This is a great read for anyone pondering the future.”—<st1:place w:st="on"> <st1:city w:st="on"> Sacramento </st1:city> </st1:place> Book Review

“This is a book about aging, but it’s not at all depressing.  Susan Moon is a very funny lady.  Moon shows us aging in a breathtakingly honest way.  I found that I liked her more and more as the book unfolded.  This Is Getting Old is beautiful, warm . . . existential.”—

“Moon’s stories are wonderful companions and guides as I go about my ordinary life.”—Maxine Hong Kingston

“Aging is the biggest issue facing me and everyone I know. This book is poignant, funny, and spot-on, and I am tremendously grateful to Susan Moon for writing it. I love this book!”—Sylvia Boorstein, author of Happiness Is an Inside Job

"This Is Getting Old is a sweet, mellow, funny, wise, sad, and deeply affecting book. Susan Moon's essays are so disarmingly honest, so personal and plain, that they will make you forget what an astonishingly rare and profound achievement this is."—Norman Fischer, author of Sailing Home and Taking Our Places

Présentation de l'éditeur

In this intimate and funny collection of essays on the sometimes confusing, sometimes poignant, sometimes hilarious condition of being a woman over sixty, Susan Moon keeps her sense of humor and she keeps her reader fully engaged. Among the pieces she has included  here are an essay on the gratitude she feels for her weakening bones; observations on finding herself both an orphan and a matriarch following the death of her mother; musings on her tendency to regret the past; thoughts on how not to be afraid of loneliness; appreciation for the inner tomboy; and celebratory advice on how to regard "senior moments" as opportunities to be in the here and now.

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  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 192 pages
  • Pagination - ISBN de l'édition imprimée de référence : 1590307763
  • Editeur : Shambhala Publications (2 août 2011)
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Helps navigate the joys and sorrows of aging 4 mai 2010
Par Niki Collins-queen, Author - Publié sur
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Susan Moon compares her 60s "Consciousness-raising group" to her current Crones Group. The first was to resist and expose sexism the second to accept and realize "This is how it is" and ask, "How can I work with it. The women even found themselves celebrating old age.
Moon says it annoys her when people say, "Even if you're old you can still be young at heart!" for it implies old is bad and young is good. Her heart-warming stories in "This is Getting Old: Zen Thoughts on Aging with Humor and Dignity" artfully demonstrate the beauty and wonder of practicing loving for a long time and being "old at heart."
She says the Japanese call impermanence and imperfection "Wabi-Sabi" where things are worn and frayed and chipped through use. Like the beauty of an earthenware tea bowl they are simple and rustic and show their age. Moon says, "I'm turning wabi-sabi. I study the back of my hand with interest: the blossoming brown spots...I'm my own research project."
To avoid self-depreciation she calls "senior moments" little coffee breaks of the brain; a stop sign on the road of life. She stays calm, lets the engine idle and enjoys the scenery. She says it could even be a leg up toward enlightenment.
Sharing stories from her life she talks about caring for an aging parent, health challenges, depression, fear, loneliness and spending a month alone in the woods.
With insight, humor and wisdom Moon helps us navigate the joys and sorrows of aging with more peace, gratitude, and grace.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 A unique journey that some will relate to in parts 11 mai 2010
Par atmj - Publié sur
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I guess I expected more and expected less. Susan Moon the author has written a book, about dealing with age-related issues, while also being a practicing Buddhist. Right off the bat, I would imagine, only a minority of people in the States are Buddhists, but since she has written other books on Buddhism, she may well have a following. However for the rest of us, when we consider Buddhism, we imagine, these older monks, moving gracefully into old age and gently fading away. Well the author seems to be aging just like the rest of us... Not so gracefully and with no intention of fading away.

This book is the author's personal journey, which may or may not make it relevant to the rest of us. But, in all, many issues were definitely common age-related issues: Diminished capacities, Health issues and Loneliness. We all remember the day's of contemplating "firsts". Now we are contemplating "lasts" and that is not quite as much fun.

The book weaves in and out of the author's life. She hits various milestones and points in her life and she realizes she is powerless to fight the changes.

Ironically one of her limitations affects her Buddhist practice and what I found odd, was the resistance (in her mind) to accept the necessity to change due to physical issues (not necessarily just age) within the practice. I know nothing of Buddhism, but it seemed counter to what I would expect.

A very sad part in the book on the death of her Mother captures that frustrating maddening experience of dealing with the hospitalization of an elderly loved one. Nurses and Doctors, do their best but often miss the human element of family entirely. I can see where the family was left hanging and trying to make the right choice and in some cases their input ignored. In the end, I'm sure they still wonder "What if?"

The author also captures the invisibility of aging. You would think as we baby boomers age, we would take the attention with us, but it seems turning grey is akin to transparent. She captures that well.

In all it was a well written book. However I felt it did not have quite the familarity that I was expecting, possibly, due to the author and my significantly different life experiences. A certain percentage of the book was devoted to issues she personally dealt with that are somewhat unique and not necessarily just with aging. However, she is a very good writer and I found the book a pleasant and informative read.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Beautiful essays 17 juin 2010
Par Reader - Publié sur
This is the first time I've read anything by Susan Moon, and I thought that the essays in this book were very well done. I think they would be enjoyed by anyone, not just people interested in Buddhism. (This is, in fact, the one drawback I see to this book - it is being marketed to a narrow audience, but it deserves a far broader readership.) I found the essays to be particularly helpful for those of us who are young but have older friends. We learn to empathize through reading about other people, but it seems that very few novels ever have aging characters. This was the first book I've read that really gave me a sense of what it is like, for instance, to have problems with memory. Or to realize that one has to give up a beloved activity, like hiking, because the knees simply can't take it anymore. Knowing about these things may help me understand my older friends better, and love them as they are more. It also helps me see what life is really like, since our popular culture focuses on eternal youth and never talks about these things, unless it is to make older people the butt of jokes. There certainly is dignity in Moon's essays.

Some essays may be helpful to any person, regardless of age, such as her ruminations on being single, and wondering if her time of intimate relationships is past. I think people of all ages have these concerns when they are single, and it is not just a problem that comes with age. We sometimes read in order to find a mirror in which to see ourselves, to know that we are not alone with our questions, and it was good to see that we are not alone when we wonder about being alone.

The subtitle of this book mentions humor, but this is not exactly a funny book. It certainly has its light moments. But one of the things that I like about Buddhism is that it recognizes suffering, without glossing it over with platitudes. It stares suffering in the face and sees it for what it is. Several of Moon's essays do that. We read, for example, about the death of her mother. It is a sad moment, and there is no reason to make it turn out to be a funny story. We empathize with the author. We feel some of her loss. This is a beautiful moment, even if there is no humor in it. Humor can sometimes help us cope with suffering, but we don't need to cover all of our suffering with laughter.

Moon has a very pleasant writing style. There are Buddhist themes in the book, but people totally unfamiliar with Buddhism can read these essays. I highly recommend this book to the old and young, and I plan to seek out more of Moon's writing after reading this.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Hoped for more 11 novembre 2010
Par Gerald Shifrin - Publié sur
This is a very personal collection of essays about the author's progress through the inevitable realization of old age, sickness and death interspersed with occasional bits and pieces of Buddhist wisdom from a variety of great teachers like Thich Nhat Hanh, Norman Fischer, and Dogen. It may just be my personal preference but I would have preferred more of the wisdom and a lot less of her personal history even though I can relate to the way that those experiences are what caused the teachings to become real.

The author writes with a nice style - nice imagery and very relevant teachings. I just hoped to get more out of it as I make my own journey through the process of aging.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Poignant Memoir Expressed in Essays 14 juin 2010
Par Barbara Anne Atkins - Publié sur
Reading "This is Getting Old: Zen Thoughts on Aging with Humor and Dignity" was a personal treat for me since the author and i are around the same age and i also have studied Zen Buddhism for years. I enjoyed Susan Moon's honesty. She is an author who is willing to share her deepest thoughts with her reader. In her quest to examine and understand the consequences of aging on both her mind and spirit, Moon reveals an excellent sense of humor and an outstanding wit. Not everyone can reflect upon their struggle with getting older and share their feelings about coping with their decreasing abilities both physical and mental and still find humor in life's ups and downs.
The chapter that moved me the most was the one where Moon writes about her mother's car accident and her consequental death. All types of feelings come up for Moon as she watches her mother deteriorate over time in the hospital. She explains her regrets regarding her interactions with her mother when she was alive and tells the reader how she feels her mother's presence often, even in her dreams.

Readers will also be drawn into the story of author Susan Moon's struggle to overcome depression and the loneliness that accompanies being single in a world where couples dominate. Her writing style is delightful, crisp and consistently clear and the questions Susan Moon asks are spot on and would be asked by most women in their 60's, single or not. Here is an example, "If i lose my memory, will i stop being me, or is there a me beneath the memory?" One can sense Moon's desire to age with dignity and grace and her fortitude in trying to stay fit and sharp. This is a good book to have on your shelf and read more than once! It is well written, covers an important subject....aging... and is filled with wisdom. I highly suggest you consider adding it to your library and if you are a woman who is struggling to find balance in your life as you age, you will find this a delightful read. ( )
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