We have two decisions about growing older: Accept it, or resist. Either method, our bodies will ultimately mirror the passing years. Jack Kornfield, writer of NO TIME LIKE THE PRESENT, explains how aging with trust provides you the freedom to take pleasure in each day to the fullest.
In every cycle and vocation of life, we now have to relearn the art of trust. Every night time we die, trusting within the oblivion of sleep, and we awaken the subsequent morning reborn to recent daylight. Like the seasons, we’re moved from one cycle to the subsequent. Instead of struggling towards change, we’d as nicely make them a dance.
Joan Baez and her ninety-two-year-old mother sang for my sixtieth Birthday Ball, which was additionally my daughter’s twenty-first birthday, her coming of age. I used to be wearing a tux and feeling at the prime of my recreation. Now, a decade later, once I look in the mirror I see a balding guy in fairly fine condition for his seventy-first yr. But I also feel the gradual waning of power, reminiscence, and capacity that is the pure course of of the aging body. When I really feel clever and gracious, I see that aging is simply natural. It’s what our bodies do within the last chapters of this incarnation. And then I’m going by means of durations of denial, ignoring, or struggling towards the stream of life. I don’t imply to discount the worth of wholesome dwelling to stay lively and match, however the decline is actual and inevitable.
You can select to resist or be gracious. If you age with out trust, you will contract and endure, already turning toward dying. Your heart won’t be free to like and luxuriate in each day, to bop with life.
As for me, the game isn’t over, it’s simply changed. I need to serve the world and stay in it with trust, love, and full presence to the final. This is the good invitation—to stay with a trusting coronary heart. This is our freedom. The biggest Zen masters say, “Enlightenment is fulfilled by the trusting heart.”
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Excerpted from No Time Like the Present by Jack Kornfield. Copyright © 2017 by Jack Kornfield, PhD. Used by permission of the writer. All rights reserved.