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Contemplating life


As we age, we will be presented with limitations that affect the way we get on with being here and living our life.

Acceptance is the key to the many changes we face as we get older. Our health may decline in various ways, our bodies can feel like they defying us, and we don’t feel we have enough time left to do all the things that have suddenly inspired us.

Accepting the limitations life presents to us as we age allows us to focus on what's important. Many fulfil their purpose more effectively when older because they don't have the other distractions and stresses in life that they had when working, bring up their children or other responsibilities, thus we get to live our live on our own terms with more ease.

Some in society view those who have retired as out to pasture because they are not so called chasing anything. Our dharma is not based on one sole purpose, thus what we have done for a living in life. We do express some of our purpose through work, but our souls purpose is much bigger than a pay check. Age itself does not obtain spiritual maturity, so in this transition some may start to contemplate life more and explore their spiritual selves.

Our bodies may be aging, but the connection to the life within us still exists strongly. When we are young we can be more wrapped up in our issues, but when older we notice more to be grateful for. To age with grace embraces wisdom, patience, gratitude, kindness and humour. When we accept, it allows us to adapt to the changes and see them as a time to focus on what really matters.

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