Thinking Faster, Higher, Stronger, by Steven Salt

Chronologically, as our life expectancy continues to rise, perhaps we need to reexamine how our own thinking influences the quality of our lives.  In this article Steven Salt, a colleague and writer covering the nexus of science, spirituality and health, shares his spiritual insight along with documented findings and opinions of others on the impact that our thinking has on how we age.  He explains how thought influences our actions and wellbeing-both physically and mentally. Steven discovered how re-thinking life from a purely physical perspective to a mental-even spiritual mind set-can enhance the unfoldment of our “golden years”.

Aging seems like an Olympic SportAt times aging seems like an Olympic sport. Successfully maneuvering through this time of life depends on a certain amount of preparation, perseverance and endurance. It can be a Herculean effort that requires not a little confidence.

“Perhaps two-thirds of all the people who have ever lived to the age of 65 are alive today.” Peter Peterson’s, Gray Dawn, points out some sobering statistics about the aging of the world’s population and its impact on society.  It’s unchartered territory.

And that’s what makes preparing for the “golden years” such a challenge.  This many people living this long is a relatively recent phenomenon. Never have so many faced this situation. And it is creating a lot of angst for individuals and planners.

By what standard do we qualify as old?  When measured chronologically it’s just an arbitrary figure.  In fact, the threshold keeps getting pushed back. Sexagenarians and septuagarians today have the healthy attitude of quinquagenarians a few decades ago.  Older individuals don’t think of themselves as ancient. And perhaps that could be a clue as to how we look at aging and prepare for the challenges of advancing years. Aging is a mental game/exercise.

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Kate is interested in sharing blogs about the impact of prayer and spirituality on our health written by her colleagues.  As a Christian Science practitioner and teacher, Kate has experienced the power of prayer in her life as well as in the lives of others.  She is the media and legislative contact for Christian Science in Maryland. Kate can be contacted through Twitter @CScomMaryland and email at: maryland@compub.org