This was truly the right book at the right time, saying all the right things. Hagerty has thought (and researched) thoroughly about midlife, approachiThis was truly the right book at the right time, saying all the right things. Hagerty has thought (and researched) thoroughly about midlife, approaching it from the emotional, mental, physical, and spiritual aspects. From our sudden overly-fueled desire to volunteer to the frustrating occasional lapse in our synapses, she speaks to the many challenges faced by those who fall in that grey and often dissatisfying demographic of 40-ish to 60-ish. If you find you're longing for meaning, change, stability, the chance to contribute, and the possibility to pursue passions long marginalized, I think this book may offer wisdom and solace.
Hagerty is practical, but appropriately idealistic. Inspiring, but grounded in the realities of the malaise and fears of life at this surreal crossroad known as middle age, when one's parents and children are looking to them for support, when one is apt to start to feel a little less sharp, a little more obsolete, and a little bewildered by what appear to be a lack of choices. Hagerty does a wonderful job of showing us the possibilities, and even illuminating some of the pathways to get there.
I plan to spread the word about this one. And I plan to revisit it often for inspiration as changes, challenges, and opportunities are navigated. ...more
A detailed account of the 'Mats, warts and all. A lot of excess and self-sabotage, which is hard to read about, but a lot of great music, which was aA detailed account of the 'Mats, warts and all. A lot of excess and self-sabotage, which is hard to read about, but a lot of great music, which was a joy to read about. Certainly, this is the definitive bio on a band who may not have made a lot of friends during their heyday, but in retrospect, cast a mighty shadow over authentic rock these past 25+ years.
Is it oddly ironic that I opted to listen to an audiobook recording of a book titled "Silence: The Power of Quiet in a World Full of Noise"? RegardlesIs it oddly ironic that I opted to listen to an audiobook recording of a book titled "Silence: The Power of Quiet in a World Full of Noise"? Regardless, Thich Nhat Hanh confirms what I was already aware of, but too "hooked" to let go of, and that is the fact that we - as individuals and as a society - are perpetually inundated by noise. Not just sound, but the "head traffic" of texts, emails, social media, alerts and reminders, and more. We're approaching a point when we are incapable of being comfortable with the notion of pure silence, now more agitated by the absence of noise than the presence of it.
This book serves as a gentle and positive reminder that silence is always available to us, and our best opportunity for reconnecting with True North, with a sense of sanity and goodness, is to unplug and be fully present.
The book is not just for Buddhist practitioners, by any means. Like much of Thay's work, it is designed for you to apply to any spiritual journey, or the lack of one. It's just a guidebook for embracing the discomfort of silence, so that it no longer remains uncomfortable. So that we can clear our minds and liberate ourselves from the distractions and detours that we allow and are imposed upon us.
It's a book that will make you want to experience a meal without the distraction of your favorite magazine or Facebook on your phone. It'll make you want to take a walk in nature without your iPod, and perhaps devote one full day - or at least a few hours each week - to Noble Silence, a practice which allows you to drop the shackles of society and social behaviors and just be present with yourself and the natural sounds around you, rather than the veneer of protection that our chosen distractions and noises so often represent.
This is an invitation to restore a bit of sanity into our 21st century lives. I hope to accept that invitation. ...more