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Ageing and Mindfullness talk
Tue, April 11, 2017, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM BST
Forget elixir of life diets and age-denying miracle creams; in Galileo & the Art of Ageing Mindfully (Leaping Hare Press), Adam Ford turns his telescope towards the stars to reveal how a natural fusion of science and spirituality can offer us a reverential perspective on ageing.
Contemplating the skies at night puts things into perspective, encouraging an inner stillness. One can then reflect, with greater strength and confidence, on the brevity of life – particularly when viewed against the cosmic backdrop revealed by Galileo’s telescope. The universe is almost unimaginably ancient; our lives are mere flickers of consciousness in comparison. Questions of deep time and existence are accompanied by a constellation of spiritual and meditative insights as Adam proves how our existential journey with ageing is the natural opportunity to experience the true benefits of mindfulness.
Adam Ford is an ordained Anglican priest, now retired. He was formerly Priest-in-Ordinary to Her Majesty the Queen at the Chapel Royal, chaplain to a London school and vicar of a Yorkshire town. Now in his seventies, he first gazed up at the starry skies at the age of nine—and he has been captivated ever since. In Galileo & the Art of Ageing Mindfully he combines meditative insights with a positive perspective on ageing and understanding our place in the universe.
This event is presented in association with the University of Birmingham Institute of Inflammation and Ageing, the Birmingham 1000 Elders Group, and by funds from the University of Birmingham Public Engagement Working Group.