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Session 1: Being an Elder
Pre-Session Homework
 

Session 1 Aspirations for Participants:

  • Understanding what it means to be an Elder
  • Be inspired by a vision of the highest potential of elderhood
  • Become grounded in the present moment and gratitude
Pre-Session Homework

Following are suggested videos and readings that you may choose from to enrich our first session together. Be sure to watch the first two videos by Constance.  

Videos:

Introduction to CEN Foundations Workshop   Constance Washburn  (20 min)

Core Practices of Cen Foundations Workshop   Constance Washburn  (12 min)

Spiritual Eldering   Rabbi Zalman Schachter   (8 min)

Gratitude as a Revolutionary Act    Joanna Macy  (6 min)

How can mindfulness change your life?   Jon Kabat Zinn   (24 min; for those who are not familiar with mindfulness)

Readings:  

**CEN Foundation Workshop Overview  (2 pages)

**Homework Introduction  (2 pages)

Quotes and Poems  (2 pages)

Tasks of Elders  (1 page)

Traditional Roles of Elders  (1 page)

** These are repeated from the opening page - you may already have read them.