As millions of Baby Boomers choose not to merely grow old but to grow whole, to intentionally step across a threshold and become an Elder, we discover that aging can be a spiritual path. Its foundation is described in every spiritual tradition as ego transcendence, a shift in identity from a separate sense of self to a universal sense of inter-connectedness.
This internal leap has been referred to in the Conscious Aging Movement as
“gero-transcendence,” coined by Lars Tornstam. He described an inner shift in older people from a materialistic, rational view of the world to a more transcendent view, including an increased feeling of affinity with past generations, a diminished interest in superficial interactions and material things, and a greater need for contemplative time.