Falling Upward: A Spirituality for the Two Halves of Life by Richard Rohr–Richard Rohr is a Franciscan priest who has written many books and preached widely on spirituality and other topics. In this one, he talks about the tasks of the first and second half of life and emphasizes the necessity of falling or failing in order to rise and how what appears to be loss is actually gain.
Finding Meaning in the Second Half Of Life: How to Finally, Really Grow Up by James Hollis–This book focuses mainly on the psychological aspects of the second half of life from a Jungian analyst’s perspective, particularly regarding coming to know oneself and taking responsibility and authority.
From Age-ing to Sage-ing: A Profound New Vision of Growing Older by Zalman Schachter-Shalomi– The title names the focus of this book. He emphasizes the importance of the role and work of elders.
Inner Diamond: The Search for Our True Self by Richard Rohr–If there is a False Self, what is the True Self? Richard Rohr addresses the uncovering of our True Self along with its meaning and importance.
Live Smart after 50: Experts Guide to Life Planning for Uncertain Times–edited by Natalie Eldridge–Action oriented help with the challenges of aging by thirty-three top experts in life planning and positive aging.
The Second Half of Life: Opening the Eight Gates of Wisdom by Angeles Arrien– Arrien’s book has a deeply spiritual and even mythic vein as she describes the necessity of passing through eight traditional gates in order to achieve wisdom along with the importance of our growth in light of the increase in the number of our elder years available to us compared to past generations .
What Matters Most: Living a More Considered Life by James Hollis–in guiding us to live life to the fullest, Hollis directs us inward and towards doing the opposite of what we are inclined to do such as tolerating ambiguity rather than making it go away as quickly as possible or taking the risks to grow rather than remaining secure but unfulfilled.
What Should I Do with the Rest of My Life? True Stories of Finding Success, Passion, and New Meaning in the Second Half of Life by Bruce Frankel–as quoted in the jacket “Bruce Frankel introduces a host of unforgettable ordinary people who have bravely embraced a new sense of possibility late in life, with almost unimaginable success, passion and purpose.”
CD, Midlife and the Great Unknown: Finding Courage and Clarity Through Poetry by David Whyte–David Whyte says, “Throughout the ages the language of poetry has held a special power to hazard ourselves boldly at the fierce edges of our lives. It can help you break through obstacles and give you courage to take necessary risks.” This CD is an invitation to “boldly engage in a conversation with the second half of your life.”
CD, Through the Dark Woods: Finding Meaning in the Second Half of Life by James Hollis–This CD set is a guide through the challenges of midlife for those not looking for easy answers.
Conscious Elders Network–The mission of the Conscious Elders Network is to bring our talents, resources, experience, and wisdom to the building of a caring, equitable, non-violent future that assures the continuation of life, starting with ourselves, in our own communities and throughout our country. In doing so, we are reclaiming our traditional elder roles as mentors, guides, and leaders, and we will work to co-create inter-generationally with those who share our vision.
Life Planning Network-LPN is a community of professionals and organizations from diverse disciplines dedicated to helping people navigate the second half of life. Our mission is to create and communicate knowledge and resources that support professionals in their work to enhance people’s later lives and thus benefit society. Our vision is that intentional and holistic preparation for the complexities and possibilities of later life becomes a common practice, accessible to all.
Pachamama Alliance-Pachamama Alliance is a global community that offers people the chance to learn, connect, engage, travel and cherish life for the purpose of creating a thriving, just and sustainable world for all. See the website for information about the Game Changer Intensive and the powerful “Awakening the Dreamer” symposium.