Archive for the ‘Ageing’ Category

Who Will Take Care of Me   Leave a comment

shutterstock_168169064ACCORDING TO the Australian Bureau of Statistics, it’s estimated that seniors will make up around one-third of each state’s population by 2051. With longevity increasing and an aging population, governments in Australia and elsewhere are wrestling with the question of who will care for older citizens in the future.

Discussions about this are often built on the expectation that most people will become unwell and incapacitated as they age. As a result, many individuals are asking, Should I remain on my own, live closer to younger family members, move into retirement accommodation, or reserve a place in a nursing home? Will I be able to care for myself?

The Scriptures encourage me to remember that our well-being is maintained by God. For example, in speaking of a God-given ability to remain alert and active, the Bible says in Psalms: “The righteous shall flourish like the palm tree: he shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon. Those that be planted in the house of the Lord shall flourish in the courts of our God. They shall still bring forth fruit in old age; they shall be fat and flourishing” (92:12–14).

Based on this line of reasoning, we can reject the notion that accumulated years must bring about ill health and a loss of independence. Because God is Love, He is constantly caring for us. This spiritual understanding strengthens us and enables us to be more useful and productive at any age.

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This article, Who Will Take Care of Me by Beverly Goldsmith, was originally published in the Christian Science Sentinel.  It is now available on JHS-online.   In it Beverly describes how her spiritual reasoning is more than just positive thinking; it is based on her understanding of our true spiritual nature.

Beverly is a freelance writer who has a strong interest in the connection between spirituality and health.   She is a full-time Christian Science healer and teacher.   To read more from Beverly follow her blog at: spiritualityandhealthconnect.

 

Retirement Leisure   Leave a comment

shutterstock_88373215Most retired people want to live full and useful lives.  They want their days to be at least as satisfying as when they were working steadily.  It is good that so many feel this way, because leisure based on useful activity is a natural human expression of divine Life, or God.

Christian Science teaches that everyone can live a productive, meaningful life. Read more

In this article, Retirement Leisure,  J. Thomas Black talks about how a deeper understanding of God as divine Life helps us to live happier, healthier more fulfilling lives.  The article was originally published in the Christian Science Sentinel; it is now available through this link to JHS-online.

Just Say ‘No!’ to Decline   Leave a comment

shutterstock_95565325As a young man I was in the Royal Indian Army. I did many daring deeds in the Second World War. I traveled to many countries. I married, and my wife and children were a joy to me. I took great pleasure in life. But many years later, the sense of fulfillment I’d enjoyed began to fade. I looked at my physical condition and was tempted to believe that I’d become old and my life was declining. I questioned, “What is life?” “What is my life?” “Can the accumulation of a certain number of years constitute a declining status?”

My search continued for quite some time, several years in fact. I became severely depressed and felt empty and tired. But as I deepened my study of Christian Science and explored its teachings about the spiritual basis of life, I was gradually able to shed those depressed feelings.  Mrs. Eddy said in Science and Health, “The measurement of life by solar years robs youth and gives ugliness to age” (p. 246). …

These truths alerted me to the error of seeing myself circumscribed by a count of years. Read more

In this article, Just Say ‘No!’ to Decline, David Robert Ramaji, describes his personal journey out of depression over a sense of the finiteness of life into a deeper understanding of his own permanent spiritual existence which brought joy and a renewed satisfaction.  The article was first published in the Christian Science Sentinel and is now available on JHS-online.

Why We Need to Rethink Ageing   Leave a comment

shutterstock_174024581Today’s shift in thought concerning seniors’ capabilities was pre-empted by spiritual thinker, Mary Baker Eddy, who wrote more than a century ago about “the everlasting grandeur and immortality of development, power, and prestige” which are part of our spiritual being.

These days we hear of Australians in their 80s and older, who compete in major sports events.  And many who are still working into their 70s, 80s and 90s, their occupations varying from cloakroom attendant to running a cancer research centre.

It’s almost as if they think they might live forever!

And why not!  Laugh if you will, but this idea of the impact of what we expect bears a little more consideration It was found in a study that “how we think about ageing” has a greater impact on our longevity than do gender, socioeconomic status, loneliness or how healthy we are.

It couldn’t be a better time for all generations to think more deeply about how perceptions of ageing can have an impact on their health and longevity.  Too many jokes about granny and her walker might just shorten your own life span.

Perhaps we should instead celebrate senior achievers and champion both their accomplishments and the qualities they express.  This may lengthen our lives by planting the idea that their victories over age will be just as attainable for ourselves!

A Journal of Physiology study found, “positive self-perceptions can prolong life expectancy.  Expectations about the inevitability of physical decline with advancing years may be incorrect and that how we age is, to a large degree, up to us.”

If it’s up to us, why not envisage for your older self a life of volunteering or enthusiastic service, increased tolerance and humour, a wealth of experience and the wisdom to tackle any problem.  Cherishing this hope at all ages will tend to lessen any inclination to belittle the elderly.

And understanding why we have grounds for such hope can help avert the wave of panic that might otherwise threaten to wash over us in our 40s or 50s in response to the threat of ageing, or when we come face to face with our own mortality as a result of the loss of a close loved one.

Neurologist Dr Peter Whitehouse, author of the thought-provoking book The Myth of Alzheimer’s,” adds a frequently overlooked aspect to successful ageing.  He describes ageing as our “unique ability to grow spiritually and mentally.”

The way I see it, such spiritual growth is key.  I’ve found that a developing consciousness of our present spiritual nature – made in the “image and likeness of God”, as the Bible puts it – helps to extinguish fears about ageing that grow out of a more material sense of ourselves.

I like how the Bible corroborates the scientific approach of needing to change our expectations, but points to a deeper means for doing so than positive thinking.  It says, “The Spirit alone gives eternal life.  Human effort accomplishes nothing.” (John 6:63)

As we understand this, we might be less enticed by the latest body-focussed fads to reverse the ageing process.

Eddy’s summation in Science and Health gives practical advice, “Life and goodness are immortal.  Let us then shape our views of existence into loveliness, freshness, and continuity, rather than into age and blight.”

Time to review your expectations for the future?

This article was submitted by Kay Stroud who is a life-long Christian Scientist and a writer drawing connections between consciousness, spirituality and health, and trends in that field. 

Follow her blog at www.health4thinkers.com

or follow her on twitter at:  www.twitter.com/KayJStroud

 

It’s Never Too Late   Leave a comment

This article by Naomi Price, It’s Never Too Late, was first published in the shutterstock_144781870Christian Science Sentinel.  It is now available on JHS-online.  In it Naomi explains that as our experience is the product of our thinking, it is never too late to change our thinking and to realise our true potential.

Christian Science explains that human experience and the physical body are wholly governed by human thought.  Mary Baker Eddy says in Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, “A mortal man possesses this body, and he makes it harmonious or discordant according to the images of thought impressed upon it.”  So when mortal belief changes or is corrected through the understanding of spiritual truth, the material body also changes in accordance with it. Read more

Making Age Irrelevant   Leave a comment

shutterstock_74750959This article, Making Age Irrelevant by Ellen Shank Collins, was originally published in the Christian Science Sentinel.  It is now available on JHS-online.  In it Ellen challenges us to look beyond age, for ourselves and others, in setting life expectations. 

“Never record ages,” writes Mrs Eddy in Science and Health, the textbook of Christian Science.  An explanation is given further down the same page: “Life is eternal.”  Age isn’t a factor in eternal living.  Does this concept seem too radical a standpoint for everyday use?  Evidently not.

Today the attitude on age is shifting, which indicates perhaps a higher degree of understanding of eternal Life, God.  People see more clearly now that age isn’t necessarily an accurate indicator of mental or physical capacity.  Would it be all that surprising to hear of a twenty-nine-year-old university president or of a seventy-year old college student?  Rigid restrictions relating to age are breaking down.  Age is beginning to be perceived as less relevant.

To be lasting, this emerging concept needs to be substantiated by more than just a thought trend.  Christian Science challenges the process of deterioration.  It teaches that there’s a spiritual, scientific basis for proving the irrelevancy of age, a basis found in the Bible … Read more …

 

Advancing – Not Declining – Years   Leave a comment

Listen to a replay of this live chat, Advancing – Not Declining – Years, moderated by Lesley Gort.  Lesley is a full-time Christian Science Christian Science healer and teacher.

lesley-gortIn this broad-ranging chat, Lesley speaks of “advancing years,” not as growing older but as advancing toward an understanding of life as expanding good.  This spiritual sense of life doesn’t have a “cut off date.”  She explains how we can claim our “immortality every day.”  She speaks of a section in Mary Baker Eddy’s book Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures as the “ageless pages”—where readers can find a rich supply of ideas about how to reject the limitations of age and progress spiritually.

Lesley responds to questions about failing eyesight and poor hearing, dread of looking “old,” fear of death, the feeling that older people will inevitably need medical services.   She also provides spiritual insights for individuals who are interacting with older friends and relatives.  She responds to questions about dealing with fears regarding a relative’s physical and mental health and offers thoughts for those who have a very active older relative and want to know how best to support that individual’s lifestyle.  Click here to listen.

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