Mainstream American culture doesn’t always value the wisdom of age, and the later stage of life is primarily viewed through a negative lens. Process Work, a Jungian-based, mind-body system developed by Arnold Mindell, views older adulthood as a singular stage of life containing both meaning and purpose. Process Work both asks and answers the question, “What’s good about being older?” Health issues and other life disturbances are not just seen as difficult experiences, but as opportunities for growing in wisdom. Process Work includes some theory along with experiential exercises designed to uncover the meanings of both our dreams and body symptoms. This exploration encourages curiosity, playfulness, community, safety, and depth so that we may discover our own unique life myth and purpose, and realize that aging is a rich and meaningful time of inner awakening.
Process Work and Aging
by Herb McDonald