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The legacy of aging

In the following video, James Hillman, archetypal psychologist, takes on the important but neglected topic of aging.  We have lost a sense of appreciating what older generations can offer our community and our society.  We have lost a sense of our elders and learning from their experience.

In my previous article I talked a bit about death and our fears around it.  Getting older is one way we must confront the reality of death.  In our culture, as Hillman describes, we work very hard to get rid of the aging process.  I think we have lost so much in ignoring older generations.  And those who are growing older have nothing to look forward to because we no longer honor the wisdom of the aged.

I really appreciate Hillman's desire to be more curious around why our body does certain things like grow ear hairs and get us up in the night.  While I have many years to go before I enter that stage fully, I have already begun to see change in my own aging.  But even more importantly, I feel a real loss in our society at the ignorance around the elderly. The stories, the knowledge, the experience, the calmness that comes with age.

We desperately need to change our relationship to the aging process and start seeing it as important, wonderful and exciting.  We need to appreciate and find meaning in how our body changes and in how our mind changes.  Maybe there are good reasons.  Maybe medicine doesn't have the solutions and we are asking it to kill off the soul of human aging.

I will leave you with Hillman, as he describes it all much better than I.

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About the Author

Jason is a counsellor and life coach in private practice.  He believes strongly in helping clients to remove the obstacles that get in their way so they may embrace and accept who they are, utilizing their own resources.  Whether you want to work on personal growth, life transitions, or just feeling stuck, Jason will help you get to where you want to go.

He is a Certified Canadian Counselor (CCC) with the Canadian Counseling and Psychotherapy Association. Jason has a Master of Arts degree in Psychology with a Marriage and Family Therapy Specialization.  His training prepared him to work with individuals, couples and families.

For more information on Jason's services, visit his website at www.jasonmccarty.ca

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