Friday, April 24, 2015

You're Ripening to Perfection

Dr. Christaine Northrup wrote a great book titled “Goddesses Never Age ~ The Secret Prescription for Radiance, Vitality, and Well-Being.”  Even though it’s geared towards women, it’s also a great read for men as well. 

The premise is that age is more of an attitude and state of mind than a biological issue, although biology does play a role.  Mark Twain said that “Age is an issue of mind over matter.  If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter.”   It’s true.  We see people who are in the 70’s or older who look and feel much younger than their age.  They have a lot of energy, have a passion for life, and they may even look a lot younger than they are.  They work at being healthy, eat healthy foods, stay active, and take little to no medications.  Then there are those who are much younger than the above and yet they look and feel a lot older, they have no energy, no passion for life, may have a lot of health issues, and they take a lot of medications. 

Yes, there are a lot of factors that can play into a person’s overall health and vitality.  Some health issues sometimes can’t be avoided (though there are those who say they can and have done so).  Our life experiences, culture, upbringing, beliefs, where we live, the foods we eat, our thoughts, heredity (to a degree), drugs, alcohol, smoking, stress, sugar, all play a factor.  All these can have an effect on our state of mind, which then also influences the way we take or don’t take care of ourselves.

Our thoughts can greatly affect our health and impact our aging process.  Are we positive and optimistic, or negative and pessimistic?  Our thoughts become us.  There are many people who have become so identified with their health issues that it’s all they can talk about.  The more we talk about our ill health, the more we manifest ill health.   

We also have our beliefs about aging.  Do we believe that we’re “old” by a certain age?  Do we expect that we’ll automatically get an “age-related” illness?  If so, this tends to become a self-fulfilling prophesy and we will more than likely get what we expect.  In fact, I never use the word “old” anymore; instead I’ll say “older.” 

Dr. Deepak Chopra said that we don’t die of old age.  We die of illnesses and diseases.  If we could live illness-free, we could live to a healthy 120 years old!  Rarely does anyone die of natural causes anymore. 

I’ve heard people say that life is short so they’re going to eat, drink, and be merry while they can.  That’s fine.  If this is the case, then they can’t complain when it has all taken a toll on their health in a negative way. Personally, I would rather try to be as healthy as I can now so that my chances will be good of having a good quality of life in my last years.  My goal is to have a healthy mind, body, and Spirit so that I can live healthfully as long as possible.

Spiritually, we were given these body vessels to house our souls.  It is said that our bodies are our temples.  They should be worshiped, cared for, and loved unconditionally.  We should eat healthy foods from the earth and not put anything unnatural in or on our bodies.  Is it easy?  Not always.   But with effort, we can do our bodies and mind a world of good.

It really does go back to how much we love ourselves and how much we realize our true magnificence!  When we truly love ourselves unconditionally, we will want to take excellent care of ourselves and live as healthy a life as possible.  I’m still working on this myself.  It’s a process, but I’m trying.

Age really is just a number and it has no meaning except for the meaning that we give to it.  I no longer believe in age.  There are times when someone asks me how old I am and I have to think really hard to remember.  I’ve always said, “Einstein proved that there’s no such thing as time, so if there’s no such thing as time, then there’s no such thing as age.  Besides, I refuse to be identified by a number, whether it’s my age or my weight.”  (My quote.)

We really do need to ask ourselves, “If we didn’t know how old we were, how old would we be?”  Think of it this way… “You’re not aging.  You’re ripening to perfection.”  As Abraham Lincoln stated, “And in the end, it’s not the years in your life that count.  It’s the life in your years.”

Published in the Cookeville Herald Citizen newspaper April 24, 2015.

1 comment:

Sharon Warren said...

Lots of truth about the points made in this article. There was an excellent Ted talk and discusses also how research now shows stress really doesn't cause aging and death, which was thought to be a contributing factor in the past.
https://www.ted.com/speakers/kelly_mcgonigal