Five Minutes With... Harry (Rick) Moody
ECO: Why are we so afraid of getting old?
Moody: We're afraid of dying and losing control. We have
the illusion that we created ourselves and are in charge of our lives. Aging threatens
that illusion, which is central to narcissism.
Moody: It's not easy to do this unless we believe in some
higher order of meaning or spiritual growth: what many have called "Conscious
Aging." We may not easily "embrace" decline but we can learn to see it
differently, provided we come to recognize something in us that does NOT decline. This is
what we need to look for: "Seek and ye shall find."
Moody: Aging isn't "all in your head."
Biological senescence appears across the whole chain of organic life. Don't take it
personally. But tools for introspection are important. Some of the most important
dimensions of "Conscious Aging" are lifelong learning, late-life creativity,
psychological understanding (for example, through dreams), and meditation and spiritual
Moody: Putting first things first and recognizing what is
important and what endures in life, what outlives the self. Cultivating the virtues of
patience and honesty -- devotion to truth. Remembering God.
Moody: Start early recognizing that you are not in
control. As the Sufis say, "Die before you die."
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