Aging Well

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We all age.  It is a fundamental law of nature.  From the moment we are born, aging begins.  (Although we tend not to notice this until more advanced ages.)

I am struck by the degree to which anti-aging products and services abound!  Now, let me be clear, I have no objection to doing what we can to look our best.  Each of us chooses from a continuum that ranges from the use of cosmetics, hair dye, retinA, botox, fillers, to plastic surgery. Still to focus on “anti-aging” is to be out of step with a universal principle of nature.

What does aging well mean to you?

Author Joan Chittister writes: “Now we are beyond the narcissism of youth, above the survival struggles of young adulthood, beyond the grind of middle-age, and prepared to look beyond ourselves into the very heartbeat of life. Now we can let our spirits fly. We can do what our souls demand that fully human beings do. This is the moment for which we were born.”

Carol Orsborn describes that most conceptions of spiritual development equate spiritual progress with letting go of who we once thought ourselves to be. This advance comes with a price: the humbling realization that some of our old tricks no longer work. Facing our own mortality, we come to realize how much of our sense of mastery over our fates had always been limited, at best.  Virtually every spiritual and religious philosophy centers on shattering of illusions which allows us to begin to view aging as holding the potential for activation of new, unprecedented levels of self-affirmation, meaning and spiritual growth.

Do you believe that it is possible to prevent aging?

I love how humor helps us deal with life.  Here’s a wonderful poem to contemplate your own beliefs on aging.

Now I lay me down to sleep

I pray the Lord my shape to keep

Please no wrinkles

Please no bags

And please lift my butt

Before it sags.

Please no age spots

Please no grey

And as for my belly,

Please take it away.

Please keep me healthy

Please keep me young.

And thank you dear Lord

For all that you’ve done.

 

Do you believe aging is inextricably linked to becoming ill?

Multiple studies confirm that aging is not linked to illness.

Want to be inspired?

Master Tao Porchon-Lynch can help! The 95 year old yogini says “Yoga is a dance within…and then something inside you grows so big, it spills out like champagne, that’s when you dance on the outside.” http://www.rebellesociety.com/2013/08/13/the-worlds-oldest-yoga-teacher-turns-95-today/