Conscious ageing is about realising the potential of your later years by finding your purpose in life, growing as a person, and serving your community.
The third phase of life is a great opportunity for spiritual, emotional, and psychological growth. It’s a time to celebrate your life’s journey and harvest the wisdom of your experiences by sharing the meaningful aspects with others.
In our youth-obsessed culture, there is a lot of fear and anxiety about growing older. Until very recently, most of the attention has been focused on retirement options, health care challenges, medical ethics, and research on the biology of ageing and the issues of prolonging life. However, ageing is an unavoidable part of the human condition and there are a variety of things we can expect to happen to us as we age physically.
Rather than feeling like it’s all downhill, we could switch our mindsets to say “there is no time left to waste.” The new journey for us can become, “how do I age consciously, mindfully, and with intent?”
Clinical psychologist Rick Hanson noted that, when we reflect on our lives, we can see them as an opportunity to experience the fullness of who we are. In his words:
‘‘If you know the movie is going to come to an end, it really motivates you to make it as good a movie as possible and to enjoy it as much as you can’’ (Hanson, 2011).
In the move towards conscious ageing, life itself becomes the primary practice; whether or not a formal practice remains a part of the process. Rethinking the ageing process starts with awareness, slowing down and taking stock.
Want to enjoy a longer, healthier and more vibrant life? Try implementing some of the following practices into your daily routine:
‘Live as if you were to die tomorrow,
Learn as if you were to live forever.’
— Mahatma Gandhi
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