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The Map of Meaning is an evidence-based framework to help people reflect on meaning in their lives. Lani Morris (in New Zealand), who has been involved with the application of the Map over many years, began a process with Meaningful Ageing Australia to apply it in the context of ageing. Lani spoke to over 100 people either individually or in workshops in New Zealand and Australia and drafted some content. Ilsa Hampton, CEO of Meaningful Ageing Australia, then developed a process whereby a group of older people had input into the design, layout, look and feel of the book. Ilsa wrote the final publication with this in mind, also bringing her education and reflective practice background to the task, and using Lani’s draft content. The same group of older people then spent time with prototypes of the guide to help craft the finished product.
There are many joys and challenges that come with ageing – by engaging with meaning, we give ourselves the ability to become more connected to that which sustains us. This Guide could be used by individuals or small groups. There are no ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ answers – it is a carefully designed self-reflection process that helps us understand ourselves better, and, to the extent that we want to share, it creates opportunities for others to understand us better also. Despite what the media tells us, ageing is a normal part of life and the way we experience it is greatly influenced by our inner world.
The book is especially designed for people who are approaching, or in, the years of life when they are ready to engage with the experience of ageing. Many of the ideas are of great use in the years leading up to that time also.
Preface Daring to engage with ageing
1 Preparing to reflect
Introduction to the Map of Meaning
Transitions of adult life
Thinking about your values
2 Unity with others
Expressing full potential
3 Integrity with self
Service to others
5 Using the whole Map
Revisiting your first answer
Daring to reflect on ageing
A Meaningful Day
Collage: memory map
Preparing for a move
Price: $35.00, plus Postage
Description: 80 pages of text
Size: A5 Portrait
Cover: Card cover, spiral-bound
Printed by a certified sustainable greenprinter