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Not Written in Stone

An Interview with Rabbi Rachel Cowan

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Courtesy of Rabbi Rachel Cowan

Featured Product// Learn More10 keynotes. 4 days. Join a community of thought leading caregivers and explore radical compassion and mindfulness. Sponsored by the New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care (NYZCCC) and The Garrison Institute. Our later years are our best opportunity to develop our spiritual lives, says Rabbi Rachel Cowan in her new book, Wise Aging: Living with Joy, Resilience and Spirit, written with Linda Thal, PhD. Rachel Cowan was twice named by Newsweek magazine as one of the 50 leading rabbis in the United States. For many years she was executive director of the Institute for Jewish Spirituality and then became a senior fellow there to develop the Wise Aging program. She recently spoke with S&H about how to shift our culture’s “declinist paradigm of aging” to see the aging process through a lens of opportunity and growth. You’ve written that our culture “promotes a declinist paradigm of aging.” What do you mean by that? Our society doesn’t really like old people. People tend to deny that they’re getting older because, as they age, they feel more invisible, irrel …

Sam Mowe is the Communications Manager at the Garrison Institute in New York, a nonprofit dedicated to exploring the intersection of contemplation and social action. Rabbi Rachel Cowan will be coleading a retreat at the Garrison Institute on April 8–10.

Sam Mowe is a writer living in Portland, Oregon. His interviews have also appeared in Tricycle: The Buddhist Review, and The Sun. He is also the editor of Lineages, a publication of the Garrison Institute. Sam is a regular contributor to Spirituality & Health. 

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