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The shift from midlife to elderhood
June 15, 2006

Midlife Wisdom For Men Issue #060, June 15, 2006

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· An Elders Workshop In August

· There Is A New Man's Story At On The Site

· A Bit of Health Advice


Written by Noel McNaughton (c) copyright 2006


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Welcome to this issue of Midlife Wisdom for Men.

I am 60 now, and feel as though I am through my 'midlife transition'. It took several years, and was very trying emotionally and financially.

I have more energy than I have had since my 40s, but it is a different kind of energy - more contemplative. During the past few years I have begun to feel it is time to start 'giving back' - helping younger men and women see their way forward through whatever challenges they face.

I have come to recognize this as what is called 'Elder Energy'. Without realizing it, I have been learning about this stage of life from a Cree Elder at whose place I have done a four-day fast every year for the past seventeen years.

This summer, two other Elders and I will be offering a workshop for men who want to explore the role of Eldership in their own lives. See the details below.

There are about 950 words in the articles in this newsletter, which should take you about three minutes to read.

All the best,



An Elders Workshop In August

If you are about age fifty (or older), and feeling some urgency about what comes next, Growing Into Eldership might be for you.

The journey to eldership has traditionally begun toward the end of a man's fourth decade.

But a man does not become an elder simply by growing older. He must look inward, reap the harvest of his life's experience so far, and offer his unique gifts to the community.

Sound appealing? But you don't know quite how to do it? This workshop in Edmonton, Alberta, August 17 - 20, 2006, will guide you.

Growing Into Eldership is led by Oregon-based Terry Jones (his story has just been added to men's stories), author of The Elder Within, Source of Mature Masculinity; Noel McNaughton, of Edmonton, Alberta, owner of, and author of Picking Up The Burning Feather: A guide to spiritual awakening for midlife men; and Robert Charlie, Chief of the Burns Lake First Nation in British Columbia.

These 3˝ days can bring new energy into your life, help you understand the concept of elderhood, develop elder-like behaviours, and help dispel the feeling that it's all downhill from here.

"Sooner or later, if a man chooses to look inward, and to acknowledge and fully embrace all his energies, and to stay conscious, he begins to take on a greater awareness that his time here is limited. When that occurs, and it will, he will begin to sense in himself a new, different energy; a shifting sense of priorities and context; a developing desire to teach, to mentor and bless, and to leave something of value after he has gone on." The ManKind Project Eldership Process, 1996

This workshop will help you become excited about aging - having something to grow into, rather than feeling there is something you are losing… Growing Into Eldership


On an Electrician's truck:"Let us remove your shorts."


There Is A New Man's Story At On The Site

As you noticed above, Terry Jones is one of the leaders of the upcoming Elders Workshop, and his story has just been added to: men's stories on the my site.

I met Terry last fall at a ManKind Project Elder's gathering in Indiana, and was impressed with his depth of knowledge, humility, and wisdom. He is author of two books on Elderhood: The Elder Within published in 2001, and his new book Elder: A Spiritual Alternative to Being Elderly.

Terry has also developed a seven-part workshop, Elderhood Reflection Series, which is focused on people who are considering living the remainder of their lives as a source of wisdom, a partner with the Earth, one who offers blessing, and is a mentor. He will lead participants in the Elders Workshop mentioned above through two of these modules.

Terry is the founder of the Elderhood Institute based in West Linn, Oregon. He has a Doctorate in Ministry, is father of six and grandfather of seven with Linda, his wife of thirty five years.


Why do we press harder on a remote control when we know the batteries are dead?


A Bit of Health Advice

Take Your Multi-vitamins

A study published in the January 17, 2006, issue of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology reported that about one in three patients hospitalized with heart failure has deficient levels of thiamin, also known as vitamin B1. Symptoms of thiamin deficiency are similar to symptoms of congestive heart failure and, may worsen existing heart failure.

Researchers measured thiamin levels among 100 heart failure patients and compared them with measurements of fifty healthy people. They found a deficiency of the vitamin in 33 percent of the heart failure patients compared to 12 percent of those without the disease.

Researchers have also observed that heart failure may increase the body's need for certain nutrients, so that even people with healthy diets may still come up short on vitamin B1. Multi-vitamin supplements, even though they have a relatively small dose of thiamin, can protect you from developing a thiamin deficiency, and if you already have congestive heart failure, could make it a bit less severe.


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The Mankind Project

The ManKind Project® offers trainings which support men in developing lives of integrity, accountability, and connection to feeling. Our trainings challenge men to develop their abilities as leaders, fathers, and elders as ways of offering their deepest gifts in service to the world.

The ManKind Project's New Warrior Training Adventure® is an intense, transformative men's initiation which invites men to forge a deep conscious connection between head and heart. The NWTA offers men a powerful, challenging opportunity to look at all aspects of their lives in a richly supportive environment.


Got your copy of Picking Up The Burning Feather yet? It will help you on your spiritual journey.

Just go to Picking Up The Burning Feather: A Spiritual Guide For Midlife Men.


Just For You: A Free Do-It-Yourself Retirement Planning Report

If you are a new subscriber to this newsletter, you will recall I promised you a link to a secret page on the Midlife Men's site where you can download a free 27-page report on 'DIY Retirement planning' by George Slater.

Welcome to the newsletter, and for your free report, go to: DIY Retirement E-Report , and follow the instructions.



Learn to be a Teleclass Facilitator

If you are a facilitator/speaker/professional who gives lectures or workshops, you can do it from home and make money. Teleclasses (also known as teleseminars) using telephone bridge lines, are becoming increasingly popular, and and a very inexpensive way to deliver high-quality training. I took training in teleclass leadership from Teleclass International which I highly recommend.



A Destroyer of Compasses by Wade Bell, published by Guernica Editions, (Toronto, Buffalo and Lancaster UK) $15.00 Cdn

One Man's Mid-Life Crisis Led to Spain. Planning to spend six weeks, he stayed five years.

A book of stories the Toronto Globe & Mail called "an assured and sensual portrait of a culture" with "precise and ironic examples of human idiosyncracy." The review went on to call stories "gems."

Available from Amazon, E-Bay and local bookstores.

I Need Your Questions and Feedback!

Got comments? Questions? I'd love to hear from you.

Just email your suggestions and/or questions to . I look forward to hearing from you. And thanks.


Well friend, that's it for now. Again, if you enjoyed this and/or found it useful, and know of anyone else who might like it, please pass it forward. And if you have questions or recommendations, I would love to hear from you.

All the best, Noel

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