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Getting Older Makes Me More Spiritual

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Why is that? It’s not something I’m necessarily trying to do—it just seems to be a natural progression. Apparently, there’s some part of me that must know my spirit is getting closer to departing from my body. Of course, I don’t know when that departure will be; perhaps I’m too healthy to worry about that.

It’s Sunday morning as I write this. This is a day when I usually get to think more—and think deeper—about what my life is about and why I’m here. I get to sleep late on Sundays, and I’m usually a lot more relaxed than other days. That’s mostly because I don’t have to get out of bed and go off to some church so I can go through all the motions of worshiping imaginary deities—or demonstrating to other people that I’m worshiping. I declared myself free from all that long ago.

Thus, I have more time and opportunity than almost everybody I know to go within. And if there is truly a “god,” that is where it is to be found.

Alas, I digress. So why does getting older make me more spiritual? Part of the answer may be that, as I age, I notice my body breaking down more and more. Muscles and joints ache more, I’m weaker and have less stamina, my memory isn’t as good as it was, and I need more rest. At my age and the present rate of decline, how many years do I have left? I’m seventy-five and every day I read about people much younger than me dropping left and right.

My body is shoving its mortality right in my face. I can see the time coming when this old body will no longer be capable of hosting its spiritual being. One of my reactions to that is the realization that my mind is voluntarily withdrawing from the physical world—albeit at a slow and comfortable pace. Thus, I’m living more and more on the inside. On the deep inside. Living in the Zen state. Which I also know as the spiritual state.

To be frank, it feels pretty damn good.

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