I am currently offering IONS Conscious Aging Program in Meaford. Conscious Aging means something unique to each individual as we are talking about how we view the world. Our worldview comes from our life experiences. As we move into the last third of our lives, we may deny that we are getting older or ignore the aging process, but soon we come to a moment of realization that in this part of our life we must face our aging process.
Who likes to talk about the end of our life? Not many of us, but if we learn what ‘conscious aging’ is about we learn the practice tools of transformation and healing that change our view of aging as we begin to embrace the present moment. Realizing we only have this ‘present moment’ where we can actually breathe, feel our emotions, create something new, reflect on our hopes and dreams and live fully, is the key to creating peace and harmony as we age.
Research shows that people with a positive view of their elder years live longer and enjoy their lives more. Each person has their own aging challenges, so growing older is different for each of us. So how do we deal with aging challenges and still embrace conscious aging that encourages us to have a more positive view of life in spite of these challenges?
We find a practice such as meditation to heal our past hurts, to forgive ourselves and others, and begin to love ourselves deeply. Living deeply…love, self-compassion, forgiveness, creating legacy, embracing our passions…is the transformation of our heart. We open our hearts and live from it, no matter what our external circumstances are. We stay connected to others, take good self care and enjoy our life by tapping into the beauty of nature, of our friends and community.
Living from an open and accessible heart becomes our ‘way’ with practice. If we are willing to transform, our lives transform and we can live many years with passion and vitality. This is not a dream…but a reality. Those who are becoming elders now have a new vision for their elder years. It is not sitting and fading away but becoming elders who still contribute to their families and communities…but mostly they allow themselves to continue to evolve, grow and bloom…
In Tolstoy’s War and Peace, the character Pierre discovered the meaning of Conscious Aging as his worldview transformed:
“I may have appeared strange and queer then, he thought, but I was not so mad as I seemed. On the contrary, I was wiser and had more insight than at any other time; and I understood all that is worth understanding in life, because…I was so happy,
Pierre’s insanity consisted in not waiting , as he used to do, to discover personal grounds, which he called ‘good qualities’, in people before loving them; love filled his heart to overflowing and in loving his fellow-men without cause he never failed to discover incontestable reasons that made them worth loving.”
War and Peace , Leo Tolstoy, p1333
The ‘Conscious Aging’ process is for those who are willing to do ‘inner work’…reflect on how they feel about themselves and others, forgive and heal about the past, develop a Life Review to bring forth what they love into the present moment, transform limiting thoughts and create a new vision of what it means to age. This is an exciting, transformative and rewarding process.
I am honoured to be facilitating this program in Meaford, ON. and look forward to offering it again in the fall. Please visit: http://www.consciousagingsite.wordpress.com. Contact Amber Knott for registration for the fall. firstname.lastname@example.org
Jane Booth Robertson
Author ~ In Silence, Discovering Self through Meditation
A Peaceful Way Gatherings and Retreats
Conscious Aging Workshops