Aging: The Master Teacher

A New Light on Human Intimacy

Feb 29 2016

Affective Deprivation Disorder (AfDD) ... Lack of Human Intimacy Richard P. Johnson, PhD I ran across a new emotional diagnosis recently: Affective Deprivation Disorder, or AfDD. This discovery raised a question in my mind... might some people suffer from Spiritual Deprivation Disorder, or SpDD? I'll discuss AfDD in this blog and SpDD in the next.   What is Affective Deprivation Disorder, or AfDD?   AfDD refers to a decided lack of emotional support in one's closest relationship. AfDD is most commonly seen in married persons whose spouses cannot communicate on a feeling or empathic level. The non-emotional spouse generally suffers...

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25 Ways to Live Agelessly

Nov 30 2015

25 Ways to Live “Ageless in the Lord”Articulating the New Fullness of Life Only Offered by the Later Years  Aging teaches me …    That the true purpose of maturation is gaining closer communion with God That as my body diminishes, my spirit advances To live in a new abundance of inner light To light the path to sacred agelessness To tend the garden of my soul To pursue personal and spiritual transformation To embrace my True Self To step beyond the “fake” of the world The paradox of living: that loss is my primary means for growth To become a...

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Ongoing Spiritual Transitions of the Renewal Years (65+)

Nov 10 2015

Fr. Benedict Groeschel reminds us in his book, Spiritual Passages, that there are four types of spiritual seekers, those who seek:  Unity, in the form of order, harmony, and consistency Truth, what is right Goodness, what helps humans Beauty, what reflects God’s love  One of the spiritual transitions of our maturing years is to gather up these four into a new integration.  Yet this integration process is not easy, it requires that we remain ever open to the nudges of the Spirit, the inner call of God, and it requires our patience as it moves forward in steps, more or...

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The Meaning of Aging

Oct 23 2015

Why, you may ask, do some persons age/mature with such patience and grace, with wholeness and peace; while others protest, resist, or simply resign?  There’s no escaping the fact that aging brings losses, it seems that we are given things only to have them taken away.  Our once strong, healthy bodies will eventually let us down.  Our achievements, our reasons for pride, will fade and may even lose their former luster.  We will change, we will be different, and we may not like the process.  I don’t know too many people who can’t wait to be 95!  We live in...

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Open Doors to Agelessness

Oct 16 2015

The Christian psychologist Karl Jung once said that “Attitude is the mind’s paintbrush, it can color any situation.”  Certainly our attitude toward maturation (aging) colors our later lifespan.   Human and spiritual growth can be likened to a process of opening new doors, while closing others.  To confidently open the doors to healthy life in our maturing years we need to gently close other doors on our previous life stage.    These doors lead to attitudes in our own mind.  But which doors need opening and which ones need closing?  Doors that say: Being young is good and being older is not,...

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Aging: A Thief in the Night, or a Master Teacher

Sep 21 2015

 “Aging is the senseless slippage into nothingness.”  I was flabbergasted when I read this definition of aging in an old sociology textbook.  What a stark view of aging, I thought; yet it gave me pause.  When viewed through human eyes alone, aging does become little more than a succession of losses ending in nothingness.   As Christians we are called to view aging in new light.  When we take the logs out of our own eyes, we can see that aging is one of the means that the Holy Spirit uses to teach us who we really are.  Such a new...

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