• Life, Part Two

  • Seven Keys to Awakening with Purpose and Joy as You Age
  • By: David Chernikoff
  • Narrated by: Ako Mitchell
  • Length: 5 hrs and 40 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (9 ratings)

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A lucid guide to seven essential elements that will help you discover your path to spiritual realization and wise elderhood.

For those of us who feel deeply committed to spiritual realization and to being instruments of benefit in the world, what Carl Jung called "the second half of life" represents a remarkable curriculum for awakening. When wisely understood, the bodily changes inherent in the aging process become stepping-stones on the road to liberation and the actualization of our best human qualities like wisdom, loving kindness, compassion, joy, and equanimity.

Author David Chernikoff has spent decades pursuing spiritual study and practice with remarkable teachers, including Ram Dass, Jack Kornfield, Sharon Salzberg, Father Thomas Keating, and Reb Zalman Schachter-Shalomi. In Life, Part Two, he distills lessons from across contemplative traditions to invite listeners to embrace seven essential elements of conscious living. These are: embracing the mystery, choosing a vision, cultivating intuitive wisdom, committing to inner work, suffering effectively, serving from the heart, and celebrating the journey. These elements culminate in wise elderhood—a state celebrated by traditional and indigenous cultures around the world, yet sadly unacknowledged in contemporary Western society. For those of us who aspire to live fully and to love well as we age, Life, Part Two offers a guidebook for the exploration of our emotional and spiritual lives, enabling us not only to thrive but to contribute with ever greater clarity and purpose.

©2021 David Chernikoff (P)2021 Shambhala Publications

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  • Kirk McElhearn
  • 02-20-22

Spiritual supermarket platitudes

I gave up in the third chapter, after the author‘s father died twice. he died once in the beginning, from a heart attack when the author was 13, then in chapter 3, the author talks about how his father died of an illness and how he was with him at the moment of the death.

This book is full of amorphous spiritual supermarket platitudes; it is vague and directionalist, and doesn’t really live up to what it says it is about: living the second half of your life.