First Friday: The Inner Work of Age


May 3, 2024    
8:00 am - 9:30 am


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2018 Avenue B, San Antonio, Texas, 78215

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The Inner Work of Age
by Connie Zweig
Presented by: Pat Whitty

“The Inner Work of Age: Shifting from Role to Soul” by Connie Zweig is a transformative guide that addresses the psychological and spiritual dimensions of aging. Zweig, a therapist and author, offers a fresh perspective on the aging process, urging readers to view it as an opportunity for inner growth and self-discovery rather than a decline to be feared. The book is a call to embrace the later stages of life with grace, wisdom, and a deepened sense of purpose.

Zweig’s approach to aging is holistic, integrating insights from psychology, spirituality, and various wisdom traditions to help individuals navigate the challenges and opportunities that come with getting older. She introduces the concept of ‘elderhood’ as a life stage ripe for spiritual and personal development, distinct from the societal stereotype of aging as merely a period of loss and diminishment.

The core premise of the book is the shift from ‘role to soul,’ encouraging individuals to look beyond their social and professional identities, which often define the earlier phases of life, and to connect with the deeper, more authentic aspects of themselves. This shift entails letting go of ego-driven ambitions and roles to uncover the soul’s desires, leading to a more meaningful and fulfilling experience of aging.

Zweig discusses the common psychological challenges faced by older adults, such as dealing with retirement, losing loved ones, and confronting one’s mortality. She offers practical tools and meditative practices to help individuals work through these challenges, transform their fears, and cultivate a sense of inner peace and acceptance.

The book dedicates a significant part to the concept of ‘spiritual eldering,’ which Zweig defines as the process of using the later years of life to deepen one’s spiritual practice, wisdom, and service to others. She highlights the potential for older adults to become mentors, guides, and wise elders in their communities, offering their accumulated life experiences and insights for the benefit of others.

Zweig also addresses the societal and cultural dimensions of aging, critiquing the youth-centric norms that often marginalize older individuals. She advocates for a revaluation of elderhood, calling for a cultural shift that recognizes the value and potential of this life stage. Through personal stories, case studies, and examples from history and mythology, Zweig illustrates the diverse ways in which individuals can embody the role of the elder in contemporary society.

The Inner Work of Age is not just a book about aging; it’s a roadmap for living a more authentic and soulful life. Zweig’s writing is compassionate and insightful, offering solace and inspiration to those navigating the later years of life. She encourages readers to view aging as a spiritual journey, one that offers unparalleled opportunities for growth, self-reflection, and contributing to the world in meaningful ways.

In summary, “The Inner Work of Age” is an interesting guide that challenges conventional views on aging, offering a pathway to transforming the later years into a time of personal and spiritual growth. Through a blend of psychological insight and spiritual wisdom, Connie Zweig invites readers to embark on a journey of self-discovery, embracing the inner work that aging invites and celebrating the potential for renewal and transformation that lies within this natural phase of life.


Friday, May3, 2024
Presentation: 8:00 AM – 9:15 AM (US Central Time)

Meet Life Long Learners and Open Discussion:
9:15 AM – 9:30 AM (US Central Time)

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Wittigs Building
2018 Ave B, Suite 200, San Antonio, Texas

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