Renowned academic neurosurgeon Eben Alexander, M.D. (“Understanding Consciousness,”
page 12), is the author of The New York Times best-selling book Proof of Heaven (Simon &
Schuster, 2012) about his 2008 near-death experience. Alexander has also authored The Map of
Heaven (Simon & Schuster, 2014). His new book, Living in a Mindful Universe (coauthored
with Karen Newell), will be published by Rodale in October. Visit ebenalexander.com.
Thomas Moore (“Kindly Curmudgeons”) has been a Roman Catholic monk, a musician, a
university professor, a best-selling author, and a psychotherapist. He lectures widely on holistic
medicine, spirituality, psychotherapy, and the arts. An adaptation from his latest book, Ageless
Soul: Living a Full Life With Joy and Purpose, which St. Martin’s Press is publishing in October,
begins on page 14. Visit careofthesoul.net.
Noelle Nelson, Ph.D. (“Longevity 2.0,” page 18), is a psychologist, speaker, consultant,
and relationship expert. She is the author of 14 books, including Happy Healthy … Dead:
Why What You Think You Know About Aging Is Wrong and How to Get It Right
(MindLab, 2015) and The Power of Appreciation (Beyond Words, 2003). Visit noellenelson.com
and her meettheamazings Facebook page, which celebrates dynamic seniors.
Barbara Bowen (“Letting Go With Grace,” page 26) is a musician and writer who has
performed and recorded with the Colorado Springs Symphony and other groups, worked with
various children’s organizations, taught music, edited newsletters, and written grants for
nonprofits. She is currently a freelance writer, Reiki practitioner, yoga devotee, and her mother’s
caregiver. Bowen attends Unity in the Rockies in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Rev. Paul John Roach (“Luminous Lyrics,” page 28), a native of Wales, has been the minister
at Unity of Fort Worth since 1988. He also hosts the weekly program World Spirituality on
Unity Online Radio ( unityonlineradio.org). Roach is currently writing a book on the spiritual
path in 12 rock songs. For links to his podcasts and blog, visit pauljohnroach.com.
Donna Davies (“Groundhog Guru,” page 32) is a teacher, artist, and author of the forthcoming
book Into the Mystery: My True Stories of Supernatural Grace. She’s been a member of the A
Course in Miracles study group at Unity Palo Alto as well as a Sunday school director, teacher,
and cochair of the peace committee at other churches. She lives in Mountain View, California.
Spiritual teacher Ram Dass (“Listening in With …,” page 22)—formerly known as Harvard
psychologist Richard Alpert, Ph.D.—went to India in 1967 to explore expanding his
consciousness. He soon became a devotee of the late Neem Karoli Baba and eventually
returned to the U.S. to teach. Since then, he’s authored a dozen books, beginning with
his 1971 classic Be Here Now, and has also cofounded the Seva Foundation, an
international service organization. After suffering a major stroke in 1997 and a life-threatening infection in 2004, Ram Dass, now 86, currently teaches online from his
home in Maui. His four-module Aging Into Awakening: Befriending the Changes,
Dissolving Your Fears, and Lightening Your Spirit program made its debut this past
spring on the Shift Network and is available at theshiftnet work.com/relaxingintoaging.
Also, visit ramdass.org.
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