About the Seminar

Practising the Vocation of Ageing -- Sarah Bachelard

The vocation of ageing, as we conceive it, involves two fundamental movements. On the one hand, there’s a movement of self-completion and integration— reconciling who we are and have been, what we have done and experienced in a long life. On the other hand, ageing involves letting go, being willing to relinquish aspects of our identity and former ways of being.

These two movements belong to the spiritual journey at any stage of life. Yet, the process of ageing crystallises and intensifies our engagement with them. As I draw towards the end of life, the call to make sense of the whole, including my death, grows stronger; as I experience more starkly the limits of my capacity to ‘make’ and sustain myself, the necessity to entrust myself to a larger reality also grows. Paradoxically, these concurrent movements of completion and relinquishment find their consummation in each other. The more completely our life is realised, the more we are able to let it go; and the ultimate completion of our life lies in its final surrender.

What does this mean in practice? How may this vocation be lived out, not only when we are capable of agency, but also as we become patients of the inexorable process of ageing? And what does it mean for those seeking to care for the elderly, and for the priorities of the community as a whole? This seminar will explore practices for engaging the vocation of ageing in our own lives and for nurturing its possibilities in the lives of others. 

1 comment:

  1. I hope this blog will continue ! I am a meditator since the early 1980's and soon in my 70's of age. This is a really important contemplative calling. In several ways I feel Christian meditation more fruitful than ever.