Does the mind and spirit grow old?
Our physical body obviously deteriorates with age and in some cases genetics, poor diet and fast lifestyles. Taking this into consideration the mind and spirit are of equal value? The mind, subconscious mind should be nurtured through spiritual bonding as well as meditation purification process which enables us to restart a mental birthing process.
I wish the answer was the same for everyone and that the answer was no, never. But the fact is that it depends on the person. We have the ability to keep our minds and spirits young and fresh by having an active intellectual, spiritual and physical lifestyle. I think it takes all three of those components. When one is let go, the others tend to follow. When I refer to spirit and spiritual, I leave the door open for that to mean many things. It may be religion for some, meditation for others. Time spent in nature may fill the spiritual need for some. It is a broad term. The spirit may be the key to maintaining youthfulness in every area of our lives. Very good question Prophetic Warrior.
The question really takes you into the world of consciousness. The mind is not the brain, consciousness is beyond the brain. Consciousness evolves, transforms, expands, the spirit is the unwavering state of being, a state beyond our physical experience. Whilst it is the essence of us, it is not dependent on our physical existence to BE.
I did a hub: Consciousness, Thoughts and the Brain which was a conversation I had many years ago speaking about this topic, particularly about consciousness. Hope you enjoy it.
Both the mind and spirit are non-physical. Both cannot "grow old." Neither one will wear out.
The brain and ego are physical and vulnerable. The brain holds temporary consciousness. If the immortal spirit awakens, then physical consciousness is no longer needed. After this point, even if the spirit continues to use the body, as did Gautama Siddhartha Buddha and Yehoshua of Nazareth, consciousness resides in permanent spirit.
It's pretty cool when you can be outside of your body and see and think without all of that physical apparatus.
I have always maintained that the mind expands, while the soul or spirit grows ever stronger.
It's wonderful to see so many positive Hub answers. Mind never grows old; spirit never grows old - love it! Great to see you're still 'On the air' Jewels.
A moment ago I was reading the answer to another Hub in which the writer was convinced that when his body dies everything and every thing ends as far as he is concerned: blackness, void, oblivion, nothing, and no sense of any of this even. Mind you, this did not concern him. Nothing is nothing so what's to worry about.
Semantics always causes concern with these sorts of questions and answers. What some people call soul, I call spirit, for example. What so people call ego is Freud's interpretation, with others it's the Higher Self. But to get to the question.
Bodies do grow old, thinking processes do slow. Recall and absentmindedness commonly become more prevalent, especially if one is not regularly practising ways to delay and slow down such. But that essential spark which is us: the Observer, Witness and Experiencer of our lives does not grow old. It simply IS.
As for the mind - where is the mind? We have what we regard as a personal mind; our learning, memories et cetera. But we have an impersonal mind as well. Our conscious mind might be the iceberg above the water, our impersonal that which lies below. Whilst our Impersonal Mind could well be like the water in which all those icebergs float; perenial, everywhere and at all time.
We humans are caught up with this beginning and end thing, but I'm inclined to believe that is simply because what we observe - and interpret with our reasoning - begins and ends. The All Mighty, God, Nature or whatever we might like to call Her/Him/It might not see things that way at all.
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