Our Past Catches Up With Us, Eventually

Recently a young woman spoke to me about her need to go for a walk to get back to herself after a big night out on the weekend, getting home at 3am. I was also planning to walk my sixty-eight year-old body, with the intention to enjoy myself on a pristine beach, feeling lovely.

Her situation reminded me of times past when, as a young woman, I went out to get drunk or escape from the stress I was feeling, or sometimes to party for the sake of it. As I age, I am made so aware of how I lived my younger life and how my body now carries all that I have lived, and how I have lived – the drive, the anxiousness, the overworked body.

As we age, there is nowhere to hide. Our faces and our bodies are the indicators of how we have lived, what we have eaten, what our thought patterns and emotional patterns have been, and how we have treated our bodies. Even having been amazingly fit and strong as a young person, you can still end up diabetic, arthritic or ill in your elder years.

I have come to realise that it’s not about how much hard exercise you are doing, or how pious you may be, or how charitable, or about any of the ideals and beliefs we may carry around being ‘good’. None of them have worked to bring true joy, vitality and harmony to our inner being.

Letting Go

In our elder years there is a lot of letting go – letting go of employment or a business, a home which is too big, sports that you no longer have the strength to play, children who leave home to make their way in the world. Gardening and chores have to be managed according to one’s strength; we may have to let go of hearing and good eyesight, mobility and stamina.

These are the obvious examples of letting go as we move into our elder years. Does it have to be this way? Have we been living with beliefs that are restricting us as we age?

Thanks to the presentations of Serge Benhayon and the modalities of Universal Medicine I am experiencing first hand the healing and liberation from old patterns of thought and behaviour. For example, we can choose to keep working and being of service in many capacities, as volunteers in our communities, as teachers, writers, carers and whatever ways we are able to connect with people to bring our authority, love and understanding. When we honour our experience and worthiness there is much vitality and purpose to bring to others in our lives.

There is another aspect of ageing to be considered – our psychological health. For example, I have found it challenging and rewarding to face and feel and examine my emotions, the jealousy of another, the bitterness and frustration, regrets, the anxiousness about my future – do I discard these or hang onto them? Do I blame God for my misadventures or suffering?

It is so easy and so irresponsible to look around for someone or a situation to blame for one’s stress or suffering. As a young woman I did not have a great awareness about my own responsibility for my health and wellbeing. I did not fully understand how my emotions impacted on every aspect of my health – psychological, emotional, physiological and mental. I now appreciate how taking responsibility for healing from old emotional patterns is life changing.

It seems to me that in our early years we are preparing for our elder years, and in our elder years we are preparing for death and our next life. And I have found that the best way to prepare for the future is to live each day, each moment, gently, with awareness and openness. Being able to observe life and not absorb everything around me, from the news on TV or the difficulties that others are experiencing, enables me to be compassionate and understanding, without having to have solutions. Letting go of being a problem solver, or feeling responsible for others’ choices, allows for me spaciousness and simplicity, and my body thanks me with more contentment and appreciation.

In fact, listening to my body is one of the very best things that I can do to keep me steady. When I allow my body to communicate, it has such simple wisdom, and it knows what to do in any situation. Learning to love myself has been a great lesson; it’s like enrolling in the school of the future, and the beauty is that we never stop evolving.

Appreciation

As I walked my light steps along the beach, I observed the playfulness of dogs – they love to play together. I felt the cool crisp air on my cheeks, and walked at the shoreline with waves and sparkling water. I appreciated this moment of joy, feeling a part of everything around me, the space and light, and activity. What I felt was that it is all about how we live with ourselves, how respectful we are of our movements and how we love and appreciate ourselves and others and everything.

Every moment is a gift from heaven. How do we choose to live it?

We can choose to stay addicted to our old patterns, holding onto the past like it is a familiar friend, or we can live our future now, returning to who we are.

Whatever choice we make, our past will catch up with us, eventually.

By Bernadette Curtin, artist, art tutor, Byron Bay, Australia

Further Reading:
The Joy of Ageing, Esoterically
Dementia–Is It Truly a Mystery?
Being An Elder Role Model

838 thoughts on “Our Past Catches Up With Us, Eventually

  1. Not only does our past from this life, but also our past from many lives eventually catch up with us. This is a beautiful thing because it gives us an opportunity to correct anything that was not done in love.

  2. ‘we can live our future now, returning to who we are’.
    No need to wait for something to happen or save for our last years, living who we are, living the future and actually our past/where we come from changes everything in your life.

  3. ‘Every moment is a gift from heaven. How do we choose to live it?’ What a great reminder for each of us that we only get offered gifts from heaven to learn. I keep reminding myself to this fact very often when things may seem different from how I would want or expected them or when thoughts in my head try to convince me differently.

  4. “When I allow my body to communicate, it has such simple wisdom, and it knows what to do in any situation.”

    The other day I was packing for a full weekend of workshops and as I opened a drawer, I saw two pens and felt to take one but my mind said, no you have a pen in your bag. As soon as the workshop started my pen ran out of ink. I reflected back that my body knew I needed to take a pen but I overrode that wisdom and then had to find another pen. It knows SO much.

    1. I love your practical example and just like you I can be blown away by the wisdom of my body when I listen to it. To the point that I know I need to leave the house right now to be in time somewhere or go back to the car otherwise I get a penalty for not having paid for enough parking time. Overriding always proved ‘trouble/learning’ afterwards.

  5. Yes it is easy to blame another – but if we are willing to listen to our bodies, it is amazing how they are not actually against us but rather there to support us – our very own 24/7 feedback loop on how we are living.

  6. We learn from young age to leave ourselves, and eventually to return to a version of ourselves that we have said yes to. We learn to manage life within some coordinates, without fully realizing that what we are doing is to make a decision for the present and the future at once.

  7. Even though not many words were shared between the the young woman and yourself she got a reflection from you and your body of how to love and take care of herself that will be with her forever. I did exactly the same, when I was younger I lived not caring of the consequences and not thinking of the future but how we live at any point in our life is our future. These are really simple life lessons that should be taught to all from young and should be the foundation of our life. The teachings of Serge Benhayon and Universal Medicine are pure gold and teachings that are and will be available to all at any time.

  8. Our past catches up anyway which can be a very logical reason to start to honor ourselves and make changes in the way we live.
    As if we do not deal with our stuff this life and we hide in our body not to let it come out by numbing ourselves it will come out in our next life.

  9. Our bodies carry everything we live and in each moment we have a choice in how we are, loving or not, aware or not, it’s such a gift to feel someone in their elder years embracing life and living a greater understanding of who they are and that how they live is everything, our greatest medicine is life.

  10. Our past choices do catch up with us eventually and we can see them etched on the faces and crocked bodies of people as they walk down the street. How often do we meet people and think to ourselves ‘They’ve had a hard life’, and judging by their appearance, mannerisms and ailments, they probably have?

  11. Thank you Bernadette, may I add to the conversation, by sharing that as a student of the Livingness we can appreciate our essence and the divinity we all have always held within, which holds us so “that we never stop evolving.”

  12. It is my experience that there is a lot of letting go needed at all stages of our life and the more we allow ourselves to do it as we go through life the easier it is to let go in our elder years until we surrender into the letting go requires in passing over.

    1. This is great Elizabeth, and may I add to the conversation, that in “passing-over” we have the responsibility of understanding our divine purpose so then we would understand about reincarnation and how being responsible in this life will impact our next lives, would we not appreciate this level of awareness. Then could it be possible that appreciation is all to do with being-re-connected to our divine-essence?

  13. I have come to the understanding that my past is with me in every moment, I haven’t left it behind and this simple fact shows in the many ‘scars’ my body carries from the multitude of disregarding choices that I made. How different life would have been if someone had presented me with the wise words you have shared here: ‘the best way to prepare for the future is to live each day, each moment, gently, with awareness and openness’. And living with that awareness I know I would have been able to see clearly the consequences of my many choices but to know that next time I could always make a different and more loving choice.

  14. Society does not value the lived experiences of the elderly and the wisdom they have access to; which is a huge shame for humanity as they are discarding a valuable resource of what elders have to share.

  15. A lot of wisdom shared for us readers here. A piece of gold for me today was that everything will catch up with us eventually – which got me thinking about how I am with myself and the times I can be hard on myself. I know that creates a tension which means wear and tear on the body, and if I allow it to continue – without making a choice differently – that is a lot of wear and tear as I age.

  16. We cannot avoid the fact that our past will eventually catch up with us. I can remember as a child being told to ‘not make that face or one day you will look like that’. I didn’t pay much attention at the time not really believing it to be true, but as an older woman now I clearly see how this really does happen, and its not just with our faces but how we hold and move our whole bodies.

  17. Anyone who thinks that the past will not catch up to them, is living in such an illusion, and this bubble will most certainly be burst… Catching up is inevitable as the sunrise or indeed the sunset

  18. “Have we been living with beliefs that are restricting us as we age?” …and for me the answer is yes, yes, yes! Listening to the beliefs of what to expect as we age I was prepared to be feeling rather decrepit and slowing down markedly in my late 60’s, but that is definitely not the case. What it has taken to dismantle these constricting beliefs is acknowledging the preciousness of my body and with that the deepening of the love and care for it, as well as building a new and very wonderful relationship with me, the woman. And the person who I thank deeply for reminding me how precious my body is, is Serge Benhayon. I didn’t have to take on what he has presented, but what he has presented over many years simply makes sense.

    1. How beautiful Ingrid, to acknowledge the preciousness of our body and building a ‘new and very wonderful relationship’ with ourselves as women. I have also found this easier to do as my ageing body communicates its messages to me. Paying attention to these messages feels very loving and transformational.

  19. I love this statement “As we age, there is nowhere to hide”, for the truth that it states so clearly. In the past I used to hide a lot and was expecting to continue the hiding as I aged, but nothing could be further from the truth. At the same age as you Bernadette, I have no thoughts of hiding, in fact I have never been more visible in my life; wrinkles, sags and all, I am loving being out in the world in all my gloriousness.

  20. ‘To observe and not absorb life’ has been such a powerful teaching I have learnt from attending Universal Medicine presentations. When we live this truth it brings a greater understanding to ourselves and others and stops any judgment we may have.

  21. True appreciation is the pathway to ‘letting go’. It allows us to see the bigger picture and our part of that picture. It also assists us to see that we have done nothing wrong and that regret keeps us stuck in the momentum that we have lived life in. Letting go of that which we regret is more important that very few have given credit for. Regret sets us up for a whole range of behaviours that we will carry through to our death and beyond.

  22. If we are reluctant to ‘let go’ throughout life, then the opportunities to ‘let go’ as we get older and perhaps enter the final phases in life increase exponentially. We escape nothing and it becomes all the more present as we face the pointy ‘end of our life. I am reminded of the phrase ‘no time like the present’.

  23. Beautiful, sharing again as above you had quoted.. : “Learning to love myself has been a great lesson; it’s like enrolling in the school of the future, and the beauty is that we never stop evolving. ”
    Exactly that. Powerful.

  24. Reading this great blog about how we can live our life to the fullest no matter our age really helped me to drop back and see the grand cycle of things and how each and every choice sets us up for what unfolds later in this life and all those thereafter. Another reason to choose to be with ourselves and appreciate more what is offered to us in every moment.

  25. We have a choice to make life about simplicity or complication. When we set the standard to allow nothing less than what we know supports us then the answer is very simple.

  26. With the awareness and understanding that each and every life is a preparation for our next life we realise that our past, present and future are all one, as we feel the steps of the past as we walk through life today we are laying the foundations of how we will walk in the future.

  27. “I did not fully understand how my emotions impacted on every aspect of my health – psychological, emotional, physiological and mental”. I don’t think you were alone there. Prior to Universal Medicine I had a limited understanding of this, i.e. if I was angry, I could feel that in my body etc… but that is just the tip of the iceberg so to speak. Our emotions – the big and the little – have such an impact on our lives, and those around us. I discovered that I have many more subtle tendrils of emotions running through my body that were draining me of joy and vitality. Once I became aware of them, I could see them and then let them go but I was not aware of them until I started attending Universal Medicine presentations. An eye opener for sure (and heart!).

  28. Feeling the impact and consequences of our movements supports us to change. Unless we sense the consequences and how they feel in the body then we remain in the ignorance of what has been offered.

  29. Not only do we pay the consequences for the choices we have made in our younger years we also pay the consequences for all the choices we have made in our past lives. Imagine if before every choice we made we considered the consequence of the choice.

  30. It is a wise person who turns to their strengths in their elder years, even when the body has changed with what it can physically do, your presence in society is invaluable because your experience and wisdom of years can show the way for us all.

    1. We are certainly no less because we are older or have less physical capacity. Everyone has much to bring regardless of our age.

  31. When I awoke to the truth of reincarnation, and that very choices I make in this life will lay the foundation I step into in my next, it was a revelation I found deeply humbling and empowering. That’s not to say I don’t have a hissy fit and throw my toys out of the pram from time to time in reaction to the responsibility this awareness holds, but on the whole, it is the greatest gift I could ever have been given.

    1. I love the honesty in this Lucy “throw my toys out of the pram from time to time in reaction to the responsibility this awareness holds” for reincarnation shows us we are entirely responsible for our own life – and the impact it has on everyone else in that incarnation – and their future lives also.

  32. When we are willing to see, feel and experience we live in cycles then there is this preparation time for the next cycle we go into. Not how I lived my life when I was younger but it is how I live now and just like you have shared Bernadette, there is more space and simplicity than ever before by living my life in every moment and appreciating myself for the choices I make in letting go what is no longer needed to prepare for what is to come.

  33. It’s our choice to stick with the old or address it and consider what is needed now, and either way we know for our bodies show us.

  34. “Whatever choice we make, our past will catch up with us, eventually” – yes, and it’s the quality of our past that lays the foundation for the quality of the present.

    1. So true Zofia and this is why it is important to know that with each choice we make we will be either laying a true, solid foundation for the next moment or a false shaky one.

  35. In the Autumn of a long and full life we all learn and benefit when our elders honour their experience and worthiness and find the purpose in bringing and sharing this with their community.

  36. A beautifull law of the Universe. All footsteps we leave behind we will return too in our next life or even more instant in every moment.

  37. An opportunity to stop and consider: how are we living, what impact is this having upon the body, and what is the long term impact of this? We carry around so many pictures of how life should be when it’s all very simple: when we just stop to feel what we know is true for us, we do have an innate knowing of how to live in a harmonious way where we are in the flow and connected to our bodies and that knowing. In fact we are always connected to it, but our moment to moment choices and how we live determine the extent to which we allow ourselves to feel and be aware of that connection and knowing. But there is always the opportunity to connect to this knowing, accepting our past choices and loving where we are, right now, at whatever age.

  38. ‘What I felt was that it is all about how we live with ourselves, how respectful we are of our movements and how we love and appreciate ourselves and others and everything.’ So different than the picture most people have about life and it is not what everybody is doing is their business I will do my thing, no it is a matter of responsibility what you are talking about we all feel but maybe don’t want to feel.

  39. We live in a giant sphere of life and as such we are governed by the cycles that pertain to that sphere. This means that no matter how hard we try, we cannot bury our past as what has been lived will be carried with us always. If what has been lived is not true to the love that we are, then these energetic imprints stay with us until such a time that we can see them clearly for what they are, renounce the behaviours that led to them and then begin the process of re-imprinting our lives with a more true way to be. Because we do not like this level of responsibility, it is convenient to idealise our existence as lineal in the sense that if we do not like something we have done, said or thought, we can simply ‘leave it all behind and start again’. But if that were the case then the world would be flat and not round.

  40. “As I age, I am made so aware of how I lived my younger life and how my body now carries all that I have lived, and how I have lived – the drive, the anxiousness, the overworked body.” . . . yes, Bernadette this is certainly very true. And this is something that the young do not want to know, it seems and I doubt I would have wanted to know when I was young. ‘The school of life’ eventually teaches us this lesson and then we have the opportunity to take responsibility and change our movements and ways or we can dig our heels in and blame our physical complaints on ‘bad luck’ and suffer the consequences feeling all very hard done by.

  41. A great blog Bernadette with a powerful reminder of being aware of the consequences of how we have lived and how we can make new choices and prepare for passing over in a very different quality, in preparation for the next body that will be lived in.
    “I have found that the best way to prepare for the future is to live each day, each moment, gently, with awareness and openness”.

  42. There is a beautiful feeing of liberation when we let go of the drive in life, the push and strife I used to do long ago, and feel how it did not serve me. We definitely do get the body we have lived, but we can still live the future now when we discard the old ways. It is very empowering to let go of old issues and move on.

  43. ” the beauty is that we never stop evolving. ”
    This is so important to remember we can take part in our evolution or be part of evolution.

  44. Totally enjoyed reading this today, thank you. And thank you for this reminder – “We can choose to stay addicted to our old patterns, holding onto the past like it is a familiar friend, or we can live our future now, returning to who we are.”

  45. Bernadette this is such a wonderful and enjoyable post, and this line here : “As we age, there is nowhere to hide. Our faces and our bodies are the indicators of how we have lived, what we have eaten, what our thought patterns and emotional patterns have been, and how we have treated our bodies” – makes me think of how much we are like a ‘walking CV’ – with everything about us being written and known by those that read it.

  46. ‘As we age, there is nowhere to hide. Our faces and our bodies are the indicators of how we have lived, what we have eaten, what our thought patterns and emotional patterns have been, and how we have treated our bodies’. And we do it all to ourselves – there is no-one to blame for what we have chosen! But it is never too late to begin to clear and heal our bodies.

  47. It is great to return to this blog and bathe in all the wisdom that is on offer. I especially love this: “Learning to love myself has been a great lesson; it’s like enrolling in the school of the future, and the beauty is that we never stop evolving”.

  48. I love this sentence: “Every moment is a gift from heaven. How do we choose to live it?” Who knows how many moments we waste, we delay, we are disrespectful, when every moment holds unlimited potential.

  49. It is awesome if we learn what you have regarding loving ourselves and letting go when we are younger as this would mean we would have lived more of a quality and brought more of a quality to all those around us.

  50. “It is so easy and so irresponsible to look around for someone or a situation to blame for one’s stress or suffering.” Yet we do this time and time again to avoid our true power and the responsibility that comes with it.

  51. “When we honour our experience and worthiness there is much vitality and purpose to bring to others in our lives.” I love these powerful words of wisdom.

  52. This is beautiful to read Bernadette, there is a flow in life and there is no reason to step on the brake or the need to think where to go next, it is the surrendering that is the key and I can feel it in your words.

  53. We certainly do set up our elder years by how we live as a younger person and in our elder years we setup our passover and our next life. We start to realise this as we age. It would be great to have this humbleness and insight when we are younger. If we grew up being supported to respect our bodies from young we may not need hindsight.

  54. Beautiful Bernadette, the way you explain this it’s so clear to me that we have life upside down. Fancy being born in so wise and full of Love, or aging to prepare to be born again. There is no age that is important to dwell on just appreciation for our divinity – it’s ageless.

  55. It may feel unfamiliar to move our bodies gently, to again feel the potential of the grace we are. But moved enough, choosing to be gentle over and over again, our body begins to know this way as it’s normal and in time it will feel unfamiliar when we move abruptly or without care.

  56. “We can choose to stay addicted to our old patterns, holding onto the past like it is a familiar friend, or we can live our future now, returning to who we are.”
    The beauty is that we always have choice, something we innately know within. Our choice to evolve and bring more grace and presence to how we move in our lives is one that can always be made, no matter the circumstances, as our body is our vehicle and how we use it to express is up to us.

  57. “Learning to love myself has been a great lesson; it’s like enrolling in the school of the future, and the beauty is that we never stop evolving.”
    I love this statement for it speaks of what I feel. Loving myself and appreciating the qualities that I innately am in how I live each day opens my awareness up to feel the pull of the future. This is not the ideal of where I will live, or what work I will be doing, but the quality of Livingness that I will again be living.

  58. Love what you’ve shared here Bernadette about preparing for the future by taking care of how we are in the present moment. If I’m with myself, observing what I’m doing instead of lost in my head, open, present and vital, then that is the foundation I’ve set for whatever comes next. Letting go of our need to try to nail life, to have it all sorted, and to allow life to flow to us, knowing that it’s really only our quality of being that we have any dominion over.. all of this starts to slowly happen when we accept ourselves more and connect to what we feel in our bodies.

  59. These words have stood out and touched me deeply today ‘… it is all about how we live with ourselves, how respectful we are of our movements and how we love and appreciate ourselves…’ and in doing so we bring all of us to the world.

  60. At the age of 68 I too have become so aware of the way I lived my life for so long and the impact the choices I made have had on my body, with many of these choices being very disregarding ones. And like you “my body now carries all that I have lived, and how I have lived”. It surely does and I am reminded of this every day but I have also learned that it is never too late to begin to make different choices to live a in different and a much more loving way.

  61. We have been fed with lies (ideals, beliefs, images) all attaining that we have to learn who we are, instead of reminding us of what we truly know. Simply all lies are revealed by connecting to our truth, the knowing that we are eternal, energetic beings and that we are love from origin, nothing else.Hence our agening proces is only a physical experience and always comes second , as we are energetic beings first. We can not judge, only observe our ways and grow from there.. We know everything already.

  62. I very much feel this is where I am now in my life. In the future there may be decisions of where I want to live and do but what I know is that by listening to my inner voice I will easily make these decisions !

  63. I loved coming back to read your blog Bernadette I can feel how you have through your observations brought a greater awareness into your life. There is much that you share that I have become aware of too and it is true as we move into our elder years our body shows us how we have been living. If we could really grasp this and understand what this meant when we are younger I wonder if we would neglect our body quite so much as we do.

  64. Thank you Bernadette, learning to let go of being a problem solver and “to be compassionate and understanding, without having to have solutions” is something that still comes up for me. This pattern is what I took on many years ago to cope with not living with my essence. My return to soul is one of letting go of everything false taken on to cover up that which was already beautiful and complete.

  65. “Every moment is a gift from heaven. How do we choose to live it?” When we see life like this we can’t but live moment by moment instead of looking forward to the next thing or looking back and desiring to be younger.

  66. It is a great thing that our body is so honest. If it wasn’t we would be in a far worse situation than we are now with our overall health.

  67. When we take one step at a time and do not invest in how we think our future should look we allow it to unfold and we are supported to be exactly were we need to be and to do exactly what we need to do

  68. Maybe there is many blessings being in an ageing body. For one as your title suggested – Everything does catch up with us eventually. Because of that ageing is something that we often dread as our bodies become much louder in their honesty. This offers us the opportunity, not an inevitability.

  69. If I had known what I know now I would never have have been that reckless but now that I do know the responsibility just gets greater. I am really tired of seeing the slogan ‘one life so live it’ because no one has only one life and if we all knew this we would use each life to prepare ourselves for the next.

  70. “And I have found that the best way to prepare for the future is to live each day, each moment, gently, with awareness and openness.” A lovely expression of life lived moment to moment and the opportunity to continue to deepen our awareness of life and the way in which we move within it. Thank you Bernadette.

  71. Accepting the ageing process does not have be one of giving up – indeed it can be a deeply beautiful, joyful and evolving experience as we commit life and its natural cycles.

  72. When I was in my teens and 20s I allowed myself to be so consumed by issues and tension I felt that I really didn’t consider how that would affect me later in life. Now that I’m in my 40s, all those little things that I didn’t focus on and didn’t care about have definitely caught up with me, it’s very humbling actually.

  73. ‘Learning to love myself has been a great lesson; it’s like enrolling in the school of the future, and the beauty is that we never stop evolving.’ No it never stops, we are forever Students of the Livingness, being part of the school of the future.

  74. This is gorgeous ‘I was also planning to walk my sixty-eight year-old body, with the intention to enjoy myself on a pristine beach, feeling lovely.’ in just feeling how much you love and have accepted yourself and your body. I can feel how much you have embraced you. Very cool and super inspiring.

  75. “Letting go of being a problem solver, or feeling responsible for others’ choices, allows for me spaciousness and simplicity, and my body thanks me with more contentment and appreciation.” Doesn’t it just! There’s an ease and settlement in the body that comes with letting go of trying to fix anything.

  76. I am in my sixties too and actually have a wealth of experience to offer yet often dismiss this. This does not serve anyone and does not allow the life/light in me to shine at it’s fullest. ‘When we honour our experience and worthiness there is much vitality and purpose to bring to others in our lives’ This is so true..

  77. “Every moment is a gift from heaven. How do we choose to live it?” indeed its up to us and for that having the guidance and inspiration of truth is so deeply needed.

  78. This is great awareness to have, and is much needed awareness with the rates of illness and disease escalating at the levels they are, ‘I did not fully understand how my emotions impacted on every aspect of my health – psychological, emotional, physiological and mental. I now appreciate how taking responsibility for healing from old emotional patterns is life changing.’

  79. “In fact, listening to my body is one of the very best things that I can do to keep me steady. When I allow my body to communicate, it has such simple wisdom, and it knows what to do in any situation.” – We often don’t appreciate the innate wisdom that we have access to in connection with our whole body, perhaps believing instead that it has to be something we think up in our mind alone…

  80. What you offer here Bernadette brings a completely different quality and purpose to how we live our life than what we have accepted life to be.

  81. “Does it have to be this way? Have we been living with beliefs that are restricting us as we age?” I know that the people I meet at the Universal Medicine events who are in their ‘old age’ are re-writing the history books. We still have to respect the fact that our bodies grow older and consequently care for them accordingly, but the vitality and vivaciousness for life can continue to deepen. These people are living examples who show us that many of our ill conditions are not due to aging and are not the norm.

  82. Yes, observing life and not absorbing everything is a really important , it is like swimming in the sea and not getting wet, as we live in a sea of energy, ‘Being able to observe life and not absorb everything around me, from the news on TV or the difficulties that others are experiencing, enables me to be compassionate and understanding, without having to have solutions.’

  83. “Every moment is a gift from heaven”. This is quite a statement to ponder on, especially after a difficult time or moment. I can be hard to imagine this and only assume that the “good moments” are the ones delivered by God. I guess too this is why we constantly ask God “why is this happening, I don’t deserve this” when we face challenges. Deserving is not what our challenging moments are about though, they are about helping us to see more of who we are and essentially what we are made of. To bring out more of who we are, not matter what the situation is. As a friend said to me recently…Its all learning. Sometimes the learning is difficult though because it helps us see what we have not wanted to look at.

    1. What you have noted here is super relevant to consider Jennifer, as the difficult or challenging moments are always offering an opportunity to respond not react, and as you say ‘To bring out more of who we are,’
      thank you.

  84. It is true the way we have lived our life does show up through our bodies and what also can be felt is the level of giving up, misery and regret we have held onto throughout our lives. But what if this did not have to be the picture of old age that is currently the trend, what if there could be a vitality, commitment to life until the end and feeling joyful for waking for being you. I know this to be possible when we discard all of the ideals and beliefs that we have lived with over the years, which highlight how far away from our true selves we have been living.

  85. ‘ And I have found that the best way to prepare for the future is to live each day, each moment, gently, with awareness and openness.’ – Well expressed. We certainly can let the future run away with us, but then we miss out on life. Being present and in our bodies is so healing and powerful.

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