Do you fear old age? Those aches & pains that often come with getting older?
As we get older, most of us experience physiological & emotional change – and it can be frightening. We cling desperately to youth, as it falls like sand through our fingers.
According to Tibetan Buddhism, from the moment of birth, we are preparing for death. Our bodies change second by millisecond from newborn to toddler, from toddler to infant and so on.
Ageing is inevitable and cannot be stopped at any cost. So why do we cause ourselves so much anguish? Why do we not embrace these changes instead of constantly fighting against them?
One reason, we are so fixated now on materialism and image. Botox & plastic surgery, veneers & teeth whiteners, even serums with the promise of eternal youth.
In the West ( but not exclusively) we spend millions of looking good, forgetting that none of it is permanent
As our gums recede with age the veneers will loosen. The botox will wear off and skin will inevitably start to sag, even in areas the plastic surgeon worked their magic.
You see, even though we no longer carry the wrecklessness of youth, our increasingly fragile minds & bodies are sacred, and worthy of the greatest kindness.
To respect our aging at every stage, is the greatest kindness we can offer ourselves & those we love.
With age comes great wisdom which must not be wasted because it paves the way for future generations.
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