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Develop a Spiritual Practice

Soothe late-life fears with a strong spiritual practice.

Whether you’ve had a spiritual home since childhood, traveled through life in more of a touch-and-go pattern or even gone without it entirely, it’s never too late to develop a spiritual practice — or to reinvigorate one.

Spirituality doesn't have to mean religion. While it can refer to a system of beliefs and ceremonies designed to worship God, it’s more of an embodiment of the entire mind-body-spirit aspect and doesn't focus on a specific god or entity. Centered on the “interior life” of a person, spirituality can be thought of as taking a holistic approach to looking at life and can sometimes involve a movement component, such as tai chi or yoga.

So what does aging have to do with spirituality?

Reflect on the past

As life slows down, it gives seniors more time to pause and reflect, and maybe even accept. Making peace with the past helps prepare us to better face the unknown of the future.

Accept mortality

We grow more aware of our own mortality with every passing birthday or loss of a loved one. The truth is: We just don’t know how long our lives will be. Spirituality can help ease some of the tension and anxiety that may come along with the end-of-life transition.

Seek guidance

As we age, finding role models becomes increasingly difficult. As older mentors pass on, we find ourselves stepping into guidance roles for younger generations. Increasing spirituality can help with personal quests for guidance. Some people find this incredibly healing.

The older we become, the more we become aware of how fragile life is. Developing a spiritual practice — no matter what age — helps soften some of the jagged edges that appear as life unfolds.