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Moonlight Serenade
Embracing Aging Mindfully
by Gordon Wallace

AGING – You can run from it, but you can’t hide, so the inevitable question is


With avoidance, rigidity, or resignation on a mournful protest through your remaining years? Or will you enhance the quality of your remaining lifetime by meeting aging with acceptance, curiosity, resilience, gratitude, and even awe?

Weaving together the benefits of mindfulness meditation and Jungian psychology, Moonlight Serenade: Embracing Aging Mindfully extends an invitation to meet your aging years consciously and courageously by being aware of the inevitable passing of time; by learning to experience each moment fully; and by creating a healthy relationship with all that time presents, including the 10,000 joys and 10,000 sorrows of life. Major life provocations, including chronic pain, grief, and life-limiting illness, are challenging at any age but especially during the later years, so they are examined in-depth. Rather than a futile attempt to transcend your human experience, Moonlight Serenade provides skills and attitudes to meet your aging years boldly, confidently and wholeheartedly.

Through an unflinchingly honest and compassionate tone, Dr. Wallace guides you through a detailed nine-week program of instruction to help aging readers like yourself develop and cultivate a personal practice of mindful awareness of each moment. To assist in learning mindfulness practices, audio meditation instructions are available at the book’s website, However, this is more than a how-to book as he also resurrects aging from its cultural pessimism by extending the opportunity to courageously explore and experience an attitudinal transformation of your relationship to life.

There is a better way to live the remaining years of your life—no matter how long that may be. While aging inevitably involves losses, it also offers the opportunity for personal growth and development to become all you can be. Mindfulness meditation and Jungian practices are offered as self-sung serenades, encouraging you to lovingly court and support yourself throughout your aging moonlit years.

“. . . this much-needed book serves as a practical support for those in their later years. Highly recommended!”

—Diana Winston, Director of Mindfulness Education, UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center and author, The Little Book of Being

“. . . a wonderous survey . . . provides exercises, attitudes, and behaviors that access a fuller sense of fulfilment in this fleeting mystery we call our lives.”

—James Hollis, Ph.D., Jungian Analyst and author, The Broken Mirror: Refracted Visions of Ourselves and many other books.

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Dr. Gordon Wallace earned a Ph.D. in clinical psychology with a specialization in depth (Jungian) psychology. Over his lengthy career as a psychologist, he provided assessment and psychotherapy treatment to primarily mid-life and older clients. In addition to his clinical practice, he has maintained a mindfulness meditation practice for over thirty years and developed and taught workshops on Jungian psychology and mindfulness meditation to mental health professionals and the general public.

Since he retired from clinical practice in 2017, Dr. Wallace has continued as a volunteer to develop and teach mindfulness meditation courses addressing complex issues presented by hospice bereavement and palliative care patients. In addition, he volunteers for bedside vigils with hospice patients nearing the end of life. This book is, in many ways, a summation of his personal and professional life explorations, offering the foundations of a life lived consciously with more ease, satisfaction, meaning and resilience.

Dr. Wallace lives in the lower mainland of British Columbia with his wife, Lynn, and their aging golden retriever, Sophie, close to extended family and grandchildren.


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