You can’t change a belief that is unconscious. But once it’s conscious, then you are in the driver’s seat of your own life. — Christiane Northrup, M.D.
I devoted all of the past year to crafting, documenting, and living a new story about age. In a nutshell, I’ve been reveling in getting older myself. I’ve become more flexible, happier, more fit, and more optimistic about the future than ever. That’s because I’ve learned how to get older without any of the deterioration or decline that our culture has taught us is standard after the age of 50.
I’m not alone. Many of you are living the same way, knowing that some of your best years are AHEAD.
Still, you’d have to be living under a rock to avoid the deadly effects of our inherited and time worn beliefs about what is supposed to happen as you get older. How many times have you heard someone utter one of these phrases:
Oh-my aching back;
Age is a bitch;
Youth is wasted on the young;
Oh to be 21 again; or
Those were the days.
Perhaps you’ve even heard yourself say At my age, it’s too late to _________ [fill in the blank].
Here’s the truth:
It is your beliefs—and the behavior that stems from those beliefs—that largely determines your experience of moving through time.
There’s also the issue of co-authoring your reality—a concept that was taught to me by Dr. Mario Martinez author of the Mind Body Code. Each of us affects the biology of those we are around—and vice versa. So, if you are a woman over 50, chances are pretty good that you’ve felt the effects of ageism. It might be in the form of feeling less valuable, being passed over for a younger woman, or being made to think that you’re no longer sexy or desirable. I’m sure you can relate. Our culture is incredibly ageist, especially when it comes to the mainstream media.
But why dwell on what we can’t change?
Instead, let’s continue to be the change agents we are capable of being. Let’s create a new culture—one person at a time. In truth, what we call “aging” is chronic deterioration as you move through time. While its accumulative effects typically show up later, this kind of aging actually begins in your 20’s when you start sitting all day. And then it gets progressively worse the older you get.
If deterioration is essentially optional, then you can write a new script, follow a new path. You can actually become biologically younger this year than you were last year. It all starts with your beliefs. And the behavior that follows.
This deterioration is not inevitable! You have the power to change your experience, no matter what “runs in your family” or what you’ve been told. If deterioration is essentially optional, then you can write a new script, follow a new path. You can actually become biologically younger this year than you were last year. It all starts with your beliefs. And the behavior that follows.
So—as 2015 rolls out before you, what thoughts and behaviors about getting older are you willing to change? Are you willing to move your body more? Eat less sugar? Find a new tribe that doesn’t spend all day complaining about their aches and pains? Are you willing to allow VIBRANCE and EXCITEMENT about life to fuel your life?
Make no mistake—misery does indeed love company. And it’s far easier to remain in everyday misery than to practice the causes of health—which include thinking more uplifting thoughts. You have the power to make 2015 your most vibrant and healthy year yet. All you have to do is connect with the Divine Source within you—get aligned—and then take it from there.
You can’t change a belief that is unconscious. But once it’s conscious, then you are in the driver’s seat of your own life.
And nothing is more exhilarating than that.
Let’s make 2015 the most vibrant and healthy year of our lives. Sound good?