The 4 Stages of Life


The four stages of life describe our focus, aim and role in life over a 100 year time span. These stages were outlined in the ancient Indian texts, the Vedas.

Being able to verbalize the four stages helps us to become more conscious and choose our orientation, engagement, actions and attitude in each phase of life more skillfully. In a way, knowing them gives us permission to be who we are and focus on what is present in each particular stage instead of trying to be someone we are no longer.

Life is an evolution. Abilities change, bodies change, needs change. Being conscious of what is being asked of us in each phase allows us to let go of our Old self and create the New self we are called to be today.

The four stages are:

  1. Brahmacharya or student/bachelor
  2. Grihasta or householder
  3. Vanaprastha or forest dweller
  4. Sannyasa or renunciate

Each stage comes with a certain focus or aim.

What you get from tuning in:

  • An understanding the 4 stages of life and how it shapes your role
  • How the stages influence your actions, attitudes and orientation
  • Permission to be who you are in each phase
  • The transition from material focus to spiritual focus

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