Turning 60 provides a special opportunity for spiritual growth. The milestone birthdays — whether sweet 16, of-age 21, over-the-hill 30 or a centenarian at 100 — naturally invite age-specific reflections about life, a summing up of what has been learned so far and a fine-tuning of aspirations for the future.
Each age of life brings its own challenges and satisfactions. In the Hindu tradition, a child's first eating of solid food is ritualized, as is the first hair cutting and the other amazingly rapid developmental steps occurring in the first year of life.
The "terrible twos," "adolescent identity crisis," "midlife crisis, "middle-aged" and "empty nest" are familiar terms that underscore common experiences in our life journey. According to the developmental psychologist Erik Erikson, I am now in the stage of life described as "old age."