Getting Older and the Power of the Mind
When I was with two of my friends on a past trip to NY, both remarked how they hate to get older. We three are baby boomers, me being the youngest one. We met in our jobs over 30 years ago when we were starting with our careers and experiencing the angst of the dating scene, and wondering what our future would hold. Now 30 something years later, we are still very good friends, much the wiser from living; different in many ways, yet still the same in others. One friend is still the fancy dresser, always well groomed like a good Southern woman usually is, which she is; the other still has that special ability of hers to look at situations with wisdom and offer words that makes one pause and reflect; me, I am still the spiritual one and always interested in the search for self growth and Truth.
Tonight, I received a joke about baby boomers from a beautiful friend of ours, with lines being rewritten for baby boomers, from songs from the 60's such as:
Herman's Hermits--- Mrs. Brown, You've Got a Lovely Walker.
Ringo Starr--- I Get By With a Little Help From Depends.
The Bee Gees--- How Can You Mend a Broken Hip.
Bobby Darin--- Splish, Splash, I Was Havin' a Flash.
Roberta Flack--- The First Time Ever I Forgot Your Face.
Now, I admit they are witty and humorous, and no, I haven't lost my sense of humor, but jokes like these in my mind, perpetuates stereotypes about aging. I believe in the power of collective thoughts or consciousness and the more we program ourselves to think that getting older means facing all kinds of challenges, then this is what we mostly will attract or become.
The mind is very powerful as hypnosis has shown.
Tell a subject under deep hypnosis that he is being burned by the tip of a cigarette when in fact the hypnotist is holding a harmless pencil with an eraser over the subject's arm; the skin will actually produce a blister! Imagine telling yourself over and over, getting older is a drag, it means breaking bones, getting forgetful, becoming unattractive, you are in essence giving yourself hypnotic suggestions.
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Point being, there are no set rules that we have to age a certain way --- As long as we keep an interest and passion for life, keep connected to Spirit in us, become like children again, enjoying ourselves even in the midst of lifes ups and downs, we can go into our golden years with a youthful spirit, and this often reflects on our physical bodies and emotional state.
The Baby Boomers of today are a new generation of aware men and women, so let's rock and play and come up with funny jokes that reflect today's generation of Baby Boomers!
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