Growing Young

Growing Young

Elizabeth Finney

Apr 6, 2012

Growing Young

Everlasting health is within your grasp... but the journey is uniquely yours. The time is now to do a shift from aging to ageless no matter what age you are. For employers and employees alike, growing young is an essential process that is essential in order to change your perspective on longevity. This process will reap a healthier lifestyle. The company’s benefits are reduced absenteeism and health care costs.  Everyone wins with a new outlook on life and agelessness.

There is a new approach to life - a new paradigm for healing - one that provides us with the tools to learn from the past, navigate the future, and seek health and fulfillment in the present. This stage is now called the “third age” and has the potential to become the best stage of life ever. Americans no longer see retirement as an “endless vacation,” but an increasingly active, engaged phase of life that includes work and public service.  About 59% of retirees start new activities and set new goals. I call it “Living on the wings of change”.

By 2050, 40% of 65 year olds are likely to reach 90 years of age and beyond. The World Health Organization reports have recognized “increased longevity without quality of life is an empty prize”. Health expectancy - is more important than life  expectancy. Very few of us want to live an extra twenty years or more if those years are spent in dementia or with chronic illnesses. As Okinawans - the country with the
record of longevity - say, “Life is a sacred treasure”.

Life holds no guarantees except the inevitability of change, and it’s our responsibility to ensure that change is positive. Change involves exposing ourselves to risk, and the road is sometimes rocky - all of us will experience some failure, it’s inevitable - but we will also experience success.  We need to focus on our successes and learn from our mistakes.  All the parts of our essence - the physical, the psychological, the social, and the spiritual - require attention if we are to view changes positively and live life to its fullest- if we are to be whole. The key to integrating these disparate parts of ourselves is to nurture them all. 

Leading scholars of integrative medicine have already begun to spread the word about some of the benefits of the Eastern approach to healing: these include Dr. Andrew Weil, with his impressive knowledge of Eastern medicine; Dr. Dean Ornish, with his low-fat heart-disease-reversal diet, which includes yoga and eastern meditations, and top researcher in the field of evidence-based medicine. They are looking eastward for answers to chronic health problems that have not responded well to the western approach; these range from heart disease and certain cancers to chronic fatigue syndrome and chronic pain syndromes.  We need to look no further than Okinawa. The answers are there - and have been for centuries.

We must learn not to age. There is a link between belief and biology. Our beliefs in aging hold just this kind of power over us. According to the belief system we adhere to, nature has trapped us in our bodies that grow old against our will. The core belief that aging is a fixed/mechanical process - something that just happens to us - is only a belief which blinds us to all kinds of facts that don’t fit the belief system we cling to.

There are three distinct and separate ways to measure age.

Chronological age - How old you are by the calendar. It is fixed, but it is also the most unreliable.

Biological age - How old your body is in terms of critical life signs and cellular processes. Biological age can be changed. Regular physical exercise can reverse ten of the most typical effects of biological age - including high blood pressure, excess body fat, improper sugar balance, and decreased muscle mass.  A desire to adapt better lifestyle habits will improve life expectancy.

Psychological age - How old you feel you are is even more flexible, has no boundaries, and can reverse in a split second. There are seven keys to Growing Young.  They are bursts of knowledge. I call them “Kabooms.”

Kaboom # 1: Always live on the wings of change

Aging seems to be something that’s happening to you, when in fact it is something your body has largely learned to do. It has learned to carry out the programming fed into it by you, the programmer.  Since so much of this programming was unconscious, dictated by beliefs and assumptions you hardly knew you held. It’s important to shatter the whole edifice of thought that gave you the material world as you know it. The great enemy of renewal is habit. To have a renewed body, you must be willing to have new perceptions that give rise to new solutions.

Kaboom # 2: Get a grip on your stress

Make contact with the natural environment almost always reduces stress. If your
life takes place in an almost entirely man-made world, significant stress is likely to accumulate in the course of you daily activities, though this accumulation may occur outside you conscious awareness. Even if it’s only buying a potted plant for yourself or taking a brief walk in the park each morning, staying in touch with nature provides important stress-reducing benefits.

Kaboom # 3: Exercise for a younger you

Exercise stimulates the production of neuro-chemicals that create the experience of a “natural high.” Physical exercise - including weight training - has a direct effect on the bio-makers of aging and will reverse the aging process.

Kaboom # 4: Love, Love, Love   

The merging of love, truth, and reality is the great revelation of unity consciousness; the moment when a person can truly say, “I am the all” and “I am love” in the same breath. Seen from this perspective, love is the feeling-state that is always present when a person is perfectly aligned with the flow of evolution. Loving yourself means to have self-respect, a positive image, and unconditional self-acceptance. Loving all that is around you results in exquisite, awesome, intimate enrichment unavailable by any other means.

Kaboom # 5: Eat as the source of healing power

Eat as if your food is a source of healing power. There is no longer any doubt about the fact that vegetables and fruit are good for you.  They are full of nutrients, yet contain few calories.  Proper nutrition and nutritional supplements, including antioxidants, are a very useful adjunct to slowing down the aging process.

Kaboom # 6: See the unexpected as a gift

The uncertainty of things holds no fear for someone in unity consciousness, because she is certain of herself.  The voice of inner truth says, “I embrace the unknown because it allows me to see new aspects of myself.”

Kaboom # 7: Seek your dream and live it

If you wake up to dreams and if every new day means something to you, the aging battle is won.

At its deepest level, your body is ageless, your mind timeless. The later years should be a time when life becomes whole.  Active mastery of the Kabooms is not just a way to survive to Growing Young--- it is the road to freedom.  Dreams are renewable.  No matter what our age or condition, there are still untapped possibilities within us and new beauty waiting to be born.  The time is now to prepare for Growing Young.

About The Author

Betty Finney’s desire to educate people about the benefits of a healthy lifestyle prompted her to develop the Oomph series of presentations.  Armed with both a BFA in Fine Arts and a Masters in Natural Health, Betty has created an energizing and one-of-a-kind experience. Her latest presentation – “Growing Young” - has given participants a new view on agelessness and timelessness.  Her new book: “Growing Young,” shares  Betty’s insights into living a healthy ageless life will be published in May of 2012.