“I don’t care.” People say this a lot these days. You could say that we are living in an “I don’t care” society. Oftentimes, saying this phrase is a good thing, perhaps indicating that the person is unattached to the outcome in any given situation. Or, it can show a willingness to go with the flow of a situation and to just enjoy things as they arise. “Where do you want to go to dinner tonight?” “I don’t care.” But… Read more

As we grow older, it may seem like all beginnings are behind us. All the milestones we usually celebrate about life—growing up, graduating, getting a job, getting married, etc.—are behind us, and we might presume that it is too late to start again, that all our beginnings have passed us by. This is far from the truth, though, since life offers practically infinite possibilities for beginning again. New Beginnings Are Natural First, realize this: Nothing in nature is ever static… Read more

These days, there’s a lot of debate about which name is best for people in their later years. Should we call ourselves “senior citizens”? “Older people”? “Golden-agers”? The problem is that any name will tarnish if we continue to nurture negative feelings about becoming older. That’s why I think we should choose a positive term and embrace it, regardless of whatever stereotypes the culture at large may hold. The only way to overcome negative projections from other people is to… Read more

I’ve been thinking a lot about how to make people’s older years better, especially since I first began writing my new book, I’ve Decided to Live 120 Years. There’s many aspects of life to consider—relationships, self-esteem, spiritual fulfillment, and much more. But I always come back to the same thing as most important—the brain. Nothing else affects health and happiness more, especially for older people who face the possibility of cognitive decline and rapid changes in life circumstances. So, I’ve… Read more

As people live longer, they are spending more time than ever in retirement. The average time is now over 18 years for both men and women, and for many it is much longer than that. If a person retires at 65 and then lives to be 100, he or she will have spent well over a third of that lifetime, 35 years, in retirement! The number of centenarians has quadrupled since 1990 and the demographic continues to grow quickly, so… Read more

In the past few years, as birth rates decline and people live longer lives, much concern has been expressed about the world’s aging populations. In many developed countries, there are many more senior citizens than ever before in history, and the percentage is projected to grow even more in the next few decades. In the United States, for example, people over the age of 65 are expected to comprise nearly a quarter of the country’s population by 2060. We are… Read more

We humans spend a lot of our time in life building up our identities, trying to “become somebody.” It starts as very young toddlers when we first learn that we have our own bodies separate from other people: “my foot, your foot,” “my face, Mommy’s face.” As we continue to look around and learn about the world, we see that all the people around us have specific names and roles: “That person is my mommy. That person is my daddy…. Read more

The ancient Greek philosopher Heraclitus famously said, “Everything changes but change itself.” In saying this, he hit upon the second realization of Tao: Everything is transient; nothing remains the same. If anything looks solid and permanent, it is only an illusion since everything in the universe is in a constant state of flux—growing and shrinking, living and dying, breathing in and breathing out. Change Cannot Be Avoided In a lesser known passage about change, Heraclitus continues his meditation on the… Read more

[Image source: iStock] People everywhere are chasing happiness. Many of us work most of our waking hours to earn money and to bring ourselves comfortable lifestyles. And then when we have free time, we seek out entertainment and delicious food to give ourselves pleasure. But how many of us find true happiness, a lasting joy that fulfills and gratifies us permanently?   Joy Is Always Momentary For most of us, the answer is no, happiness cannot last. The happiness we… Read more

Over the course of the next few Patheos blogs, I will be introducing you to the three foundational teachings of Tao. While there are many other important teachings, these are the most foundational, the ones that must be fully understood and integrated into one’s being before true maturity can be achieved. All of them are very simple and can be summed up in three or four-word sentences. Yet, they are also extremely difficult. Anyone can understand them conceptually, as ideas… Read more

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