I look to the future because that's where I'm going to spend the rest of my life. George Burns
Age is a state of mind. If that is true, must we always act our age? I don't think so!
“What? Didn’t she just go over this age thing a couple of weeks ago?”
Yes, I was thrilled to celebrate my 65th birthday earlier this month. I spoke of sharing the birth date with Martin Luther King and shifting my ‘Use by…’ date to 81 years old. But I didn’t talk about how our attitudes about getting older age us. I didn’t talk about those little habits of things we say and do that scoot us into walkers much faster than necessary.
The Handbook of Religion and Health by Koenig, et al, indicates that people who have a regular religious attendance or practice live, on average, 7 years longer than those who don’t. There are things we can do to make the best use of those extra years.
I was pleased last fall to attend a workshop at the Center for Spiritual Living . The speaker was Rev. Chris Michaels from the
. Our two Centers are closely aligned and Rev. Chris visits us often. He sometimes travels with us to
foreign countries when our Center organizes spiritual excursions to places like
City Center for Spiritual Living Bali. I have spent some time with him on one of these trips and he
is a cool guy. He tells it like he sees it and people listen because he’s right
on. He is not even close to being a senior citizen but he isn’t a young pup
A friend and I attended his workshop entitled “Aging as a Spiritual Practice” and found Chris’ perceptions and his take on how our ways of thinking can age us faster than the clock. Chris points out that our spirits are the true essence of who we are, not our bodies. Spirit is ageless, timeless and deathless. Yet we continually remind ourselves and others that we are becoming more limited physically and/or mentally as time goes on. How many times have you said, as I have, “Oh, I forgot that because I’m having a senior moment,” or “I used to be able to do that longer…or faster…or better….”? How often do we buy into a youthful society’s message that says if you’re over 30 you’re not worth very much? We’re the first people to limit ourselves by believing and integrating these attitudes as we get older.