You are not doing the same things the same way because you are old….. You are old because you are doing the same things the same way.
I love science. More importantly I love the new directions science is taking. I have written here before about science finally realising what the great spiritual teachers have always known. But my latest discovery is just too delicious.
There is a new field in medical science, known as Neuroplasticity. This field of study is challenging our old, outmoded ideas that the brain is a static organ and the abilities or intelligence that you are born with, is pretty much what you are stuck with. Neuroplasticity explores the brains ability to create new neural pathways and synapses as a result of changes in behavior, environment and neural processes etc.
The reason I love this work so much, is because it is now confirming what I have long believed to be true. Not only are we NOT victims of our hereditary… but the reason that we age… or at least one of the reasons (the other being expectation and the collective consciousness)… is because we don’t exercise our brains, we don’t explore new possibilities… basically we just repeat the same old things, in the same old manner, because that is how we have always done things.
When we do this repeatedly over the years…. the neural pathways in our brains become like grooves on an old vinyl record…. ingrained, and entrenched, and we quite literally become a rut. With no new stimulation… our brains age, taking the rest of our bodies with them. Science is now saying that the human body was designed to live to at least 125 years old. Now when I say that to someone like my own dad (80 years old)… he freaks out. He doesn’t want to live that long. Because in his mind (and therefore in his experience), he believes that getting older means getting frailer, weaker, unable to enjoy life. But this absolutely does not need to be the case.
New experiences…. or even just doing the same things, but doing them in a different way… forces the brain to create new neural pathways, which in actuality is EXACTLY what keeps us young… or at the very least, prevents us from getting old before our time.
So next time you go to do the same old thing the same old way, you have done it a million and one times before… STOP… and think for second… is there another way (maybe even a better way) that I could be doing this… or even better… is there something completely different I could be doing instead. Life has only two directions.. growth… or atrophy!!
NB//… I’m going to add a little footnote here, as this post is not being very well received by some people. It seems that many people (myself included to a degree), are very “invested” in their physical limitations and those of their loved ones, so much so that they are willing to quite literally fight to the death to defend them. I want to just say… we are not our stories. We are not defined by our past suffering, or by the perceived suffering of getting older. Just because something has been a certain way in the past, does not mean that it must always be that way in the future. If you wish to fight for your limitations, then they will surely be yours. I understand that many are not ready to hear this message…. I write to those who are.