Aging. Self-Help. Health. Translated from the German by Michael Eskin. Winner of the 2016 Living Now Gold Award for Mature Living / Aging. Learning to live with one's own aging is the new task: making an art of what once was a given--growing older; turning our society's anti-aging bias into a true art of aging that will enable us to live with rather than against the inevitable. In ten practical steps, this book teaches you how to welcome and embrace growing older with 'gelassenheit' at any age.
Philosopher Schmid (HIGH ON LOW) instructs readers on the art of aging gracefully and contentedly by embracing gelassenheit, a German concept denoting a relaxed attitude. Schmid provides 10 steps toward 'experiencing life's plenitude and accepting its temporal limits, ' including cultivating a 'reverence for habit[s]' that make life more comfortable, accepting pain and tragedy as inevitable, and strengthening interpersonal relationships. He lists numerous advantages to advanced age, including a wealth of life experience to draw from, fond memories to reflect on, and the 'universal right to be passive' and even occasionally sad. On a metaphysical level, Schmid recommends mindfulness, a 'wholehearted trust in life, ' and, for the sake of 'peace with our own finitude, ' belief in the continuation of one's existence after death. This can be interpreted as an immortal energy that carries on in the absence of our physical existence, or as a more traditional belief in an afterlife. Schmid's counsel is wise and he does not avoid the difficult topics, particularly admirable when conversations around aging and death often remain taboo.--Publishers Weekly
Bestselling author, Wilhelm Schmid is the most significant and popular contemporary German moral philosopher. In his many books on topics such as 'happiness, ' 'love, ' the 'meaning of life, ' and 'balanced living'--to name only a few--he has been endeavoring to create a philosophy of the art of living for our times. He lives in Berlin, Germany, and travels around the world giving lectures and workshops on the philosophy of the art of living. He has been awarded the German Prize for Outstanding Services in Conveying Philosophy to the Public (2012), and the Swiss Prize for his philosophical contribution to the Art of Living (2013).