Growing older is portrayed as if it is an unavoidable disease. What do you believe about aging and why? Why do you believe that as you grow older you will become decrepit, diseased and feeble-minded? We’ve been wrongly taught to believe that when we grow older we deteriorate. We’ve come to expect dementia, disease and physical weakness in our elder years.
From Dr. Bruce Lipton: “There is shocking new science proving that DNA does not control our life span; humorists, who keep us laughing at ourselves; spiritual teachers who emphasize the rich harvest of wisdom that we inherit in the second half of life; and social commentators who point out the beautiful gifts of community that engaged elders can create. Alternately personal and global practices are on the forward edge of the revolution that is transforming elderhood.”
To reverse long-held beliefs and the effects they’ve had, we can start with these very simple practices:
- purposeful and conscious living
- correction of diet
- removal of toxins from the body
- deep breathing techniques
I was very blessed to have had a beautiful mother who always lived agelessly. I’ve naturally lived the same way. I do not factor my age into the choices I make; I’ve never seen a reason to include it in the way I live. My birthdays are a celebration of my life never about what age my body is. A testament to living this way, in part, is my vibrant life and state of well-being.
Our bodies are not mindless machines, there is undeniable evidence to the contrary. Death rates from cancer and heart disease are lower among people who have a strong sense of purpose and well-being. What we believe and how we see our body shapes our world, externally and internally. Our state of health is first created in our mind and then shows up in our body. Our physical strength and level of intelligence doesn’t have to diminish because of the number of years we’ve been alive.
I am currently reading and suggest Deepak Chopra’s book, Ageless Body, Timeless Mind. It provides a wealth of information to help us live differently. In it he talks about the new paradigm focus on quantum physics that began early in the 20th century and how by changing our way of believing of living in an older, not aging body we can have a more productive and better life.
From Dr. Christiane Northrup, practicing physician and author of, “Goddesses Never Age“:
7 steps for getting older without aging
1. Reframe the term ‘aging.’ In the PBS special, Northrup describes a study by Dr. Ellen Langer in which two groups of men in their 70s and 80s were taken to a monastery and split into two groups. One was told to live in the present while the other was placed in a setting that re-created the era of their youth, the 1950s, and told to behave as if they were young again. Within one week, the group living as if they were younger not only looked a decade younger but also had test results that showed measurable physical improvements to their eyesight, hearing, memory, and muscle mass.
2. Change your cultural programming. Northrup says milestone birthdays can be a millstone. She cites one study showing that simply having positive attitudes about growing older and looking forward to things can add 7.5 years to your life. Plan for future activities to keep yourself on a positive path.
3. Stop participating in aging. Northrup recommends celebrating the wisdom that comes with growing older and banishing terms such as “anti-aging” or “having a senior moment” from your vocabulary.
4. Enjoy a sweet life while keeping your blood sugar stable. Growing older with vitality requires physical health as well as mental health. While Northrup doesn’t focus solely on a specific diet, she stresses the importance of paying attention to your blood sugar.
5. Don’t take life sitting down. Besides diet, we all know that exercise is important to staying healthy while growing older. Northrup emphasizes the importance of functional fitness, which means things like getting up to move to music to avoid sitting too long, maximizing exercise with interval training, and doing some basic exercises to improve balance.
6. Develop centenarian consciousness. Northrup reviewed research by Dr. Mario Martinez on healthy 100-plus-year-olds around the world that reveals the importance of being future-oriented, savoring life, and engaging in pleasurable, sustainable rituals such as a standing date with a friend, listening to music you love, or pursuing a creative passion.
7. Develop a subculture of agelessness. Staying connected to a group of like-minded people, which Northrup calls “tribes,” and nurturing those relationships helps women—and men, who tend to have more difficulty maintaining close friendships—stay physically and mentally healthy. As she says, “community equals immunity.”
The way we see aging will be forever changed when we alter our beliefs and commit to living an ageless, vibrant and exciting life. Thank you for stopping by, Namaste