All throughout our lives age is a state of mind, not only when we arrive in older age. Think about it: when you were 10, 25, 40 or 65 – if you have been there already. What was your mindset? Did you think about the same things and in the same way? I bet you didn’t.
But some beliefs and convictions might not have changed. What about the old hippie slogan: “Don’t trust anyone over 30”. This is an AGEIST thought which expresses our collective belief that getting older is a bad thing. We need to avoid, ignore, reverse, but not accept it as something which happens naturally.
When we talk about conscious ageing, we also talk about raising our consciousness to the many ways we talk about older people and also about ourselves getting older. When we are constantly in the state of mind which sees everything as black and white, when we choose to adopt negative ideas about ageing and our own experience, then the self-fulfilling prophesies may make us miserable ourselves in our own old age. If we instead train our mind to become curious about the changes which WILL occur, if we are willing to explore the new possibilities which are opening up for us, then older age becomes a journey very worth traveling.