Tools and Inspiration for Empowered Aging

EFT and Aging

Aging in a culture that fears death and denies old age presents very real challenges. We often accommodate our culture’s aging expectations by pretending we are in a state of perpetual youth through extremes of diet and exercise, cosmetic surgeries, and total immersion in the “lookism” – Mary Pipher’s contribution to our cultural lexicon – that makes us live as though we are always in front of a camera. 

It doesn’t have to be this way, and for many adults who have learned how to focus on the meaning of aging, it is not. After all, aging is considered a rewarding experience in cultures that value insight and wisdom. We North Americans can learn to value our aging bodies, minds, hearts, and spirits as a unique source of the privileged knowledge aging bestows on those who surrender to and find value in the process of aging. Many of us are already articulating the value of aging in our personal and professional lives. 

Baby Boomers, people born in the years between 1944 and 1964 (the original designation was 1944 to 1953 according to Brainiac Blogger Joshua Glenn) are in the very best place to contribute to positive attitudes about aging. We are millions strong, well educated, energetic, and, for the most part, in touch with the spiritual dimension of life. This last characteristic primes us to view the aging process not through the lens of loss, but rather through the “What Now?” lens, one of our favourite questions. 

If you feel stuck in a depressing view of yourself as you age, daily use of EFT will radically alter your experience of growing older in this youth-oriented culture. As a sixty-seven-year-old woman (on the cutting edge of boomerhood), I tap into a wealth of personal experience when I speak of EFT's ability to transform aging issues, including: 

  • Body Image Distortions;
  • Exercise Resistance;
  • A Sense of Physical Betrayal;
  • Physical Pain;
  • Lack of Physical Energy;
  • Health Care Challenges;
  • Themes of Loss (including loss of purpose, loss of times past, loss of relationships, loss of work, loss of freedom);
  • Memory Fears (including fear of Alzheimer’s and dementia);
  • Financial Uncertainty; and,
  • Spiritual Isolation (including emotional and intellectual isolation) 

EFT doesn’t “manage” our negative feelings about aging. Rather, it extinguishes them, leaving us free of the drag that prevents us from enjoying what we do have as older adults – the insight and wisdom that come from decades of experience, the unique perspective on power that we sense in the oldest trees and rocks in our natural environment, and the juiciness we feel when we are utilizing all our skills, abilities, and passion in our personal, social, community, and work relationships.

To arrange for private positive aging sessions, please call Jane at 802-533-9277 or email her at jane@winterblooms.net.