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The Ages of Life

Famous quotes about old age:

        The secret of old age resides in mind over matter: if you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter.

But …

Respect old age; it is your future … hopefully.

Do not regret growing old. It is a privilege denied to many.

Growing old is mandatory, but growing up is optional.

Old age only occurs when regrets steal the place of dreams.

         Those who love deeply never grow old. They may die of old age, but they die young.                   

 

Discussing the prospect of aging in our Community, we naturally addressed those indispensable and practical aspects required by the impending weakening of mind and body.

But once those details have been dealt with, a wide and far-reaching space opens up for living life’s last years, full of meaning, rich in experience, and suffused by what we could call “a continuous non-stop expansion of consciousness”.

In each of our life ages, all the others are present.  Maturity was the future of a child growing up; the elderly carry in mind and body not only memories, but also the physical and mental results of past experience.

A fruitful dialogue between generations is always a good thing to have: the young hear about life from the lips of those who’ve lived a great deal; the old renew their knowledge from the freshness of those who’re just now discovering what’s what.

And then, for all, there’s death… When one brings to the experience of passing a deep interest in its mystery and a joy in inner freedom, those feelings are a gift full of life.  That’s quite an heirloom to bequeath those who’ve been left here, still walking this world’s paths. 

Prayer
Being nothing

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