Better Aging

The common predictions attached to aging do not have to be lived out. Evidence has it, a diverse and yet significant number of people successfully resist decline by means of a pro-active approach to life. The minds and bodies of these people are motivated by Truth instead of the latest fad; by Soul instead of tactile impressions. We too can reasonably take on expanded views of well-being. We too can understandably resolve to raise the standard prediction associated with aging.

Between the media forecasting decline, and people’s tendency to rehash their problems, getting older can become something to fear or avoid. But fear and avoidance only make situations worse. As ridiculous as it sounds, right now we can get to work on the aging process on a level higher than the common approach. The media and peoples’ problems should not be neglected; however, we can resist imitating the negative predictions because they are not truth. A prognosis or a problem has no more power to fulfill itself than a cup of tea has the power to produce a tea plant.

Getting older isn’t a test, as if there are some odds to beat. It isn’t something to look forward to. Aging isn’t something to pretend isn’t happening. We evolve, we grow and we develop humanely. And we do not need to succumb to the prophecy that we lose our good abilities as the years go by. At any age, we can be constructive as we recognize our ageless consciousness, ever connected to doing and being.

The argument, "I can no longer do what I did when I was younger,” is an incomplete, passive statement. Spiritual awareness and common sense can remove useless remarks and reveal a maturity in intelligence and vitality. More often than not, we don’t do things we did when we were younger because we are out of practice. I don’t do backbends now as I did when I was thirty years old, not because I can’t, but because I don’t practice arching my back and bending over backward until my hands reach the floor.

Forward, strong thought knows that as conscious beings we have the ability to practice flexibility in every stage of life. Common sense also participates. Bottom line for me was: I no longer needed to do backbends after I was thirty. I did, however, need to nurture and chauffeur children with adaptability. I did bend over backward to keep our home simple and clean.

To appreciate flexibility in every activity is a spiritual mental exercise that serves well. Uniting immortal qualities to every thought and action can help us understand and predict with greater reliability, goodness for us and those around us.

The standard predictions concerning life are raised to a higher level by means of a receptive attitude, adaptable to a constant progressive good. It also stands to reason that if human action is not the source of liveliness, that human action cannot destroy liveliness. Flexibility, agility and health exist and can be expressed in any humane action. Spiritual qualities are not limited to certain human conditions.

Human life evolves with substandard predictions unless influenced by divine Life, fully connected to truth and soul. Our thoughts and actions, motivated by immortal Life, produce a natural resistance to negative aging factors. Common sense and spiritual awareness allow us to mature into a greater experience of life.

Cheryl Petersen advocates the affirmation and practice of spiritual truths in everyday situations. Cheryl’s book, "21st Century Science and Health," is the first English updated version of Mary Baker Eddy’s book on healing, written in the 19th century.