Looking Afresh

Coming into elderhood affords us the time and space to look at our lives, deal with the past and clear the way into our future.

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How we think about things to a large extent determines how we experience them

Psychology Today: "How can we enjoy each time like the first time?"

Lion's Roar: "Beginner’s mind is open, curious, and unbound by concepts and opinions."

Leo Babauta: "Practice seeing life with a beginner’s mind."


Careful thought about our behaviour and beliefs.

Inner Self: "Reflections on ageing and the comfort of growing older."

Lifehack: "taking a step back and reflecting on your life, behavior and beliefs."

Agile Lean Life: "Tools to help you with self-reflection."

Positive Psychology: "self-reflection questions for introspection."

Letting go

Holding onto the past, good or bad depletes, letting go energises.

Psychology Today: "Holding on to pain doesn’t fix anything. Replaying the past over and over again doesn’t change it, and wishing things were different doesn’t make it so."

Greater Good magazine: "Sometimes you just have to let it go."

Jack Kornfield: “Did I love well?” “Did I live fully?” “Did I learn to let go?”

tiny buddha: "“If you let go a little, you will have a little peace. If you let go a lot, you will have a lot of peace.” ~Ajahn Chah"

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Only by feeling do I know that I am alive.

Psychology Today: "Do we "mellow out" with age, or have stronger emotional reactions?"

The Psychologist: "Why emotional experiences get better with age."

tiny buddha: "How to cope with the fear of ageing"

Dr. Marjorie Schuman: Emotional equanimity - how I feel right now.

The Psychologist: "A maturing picture of emotion"


Feelings follow thoughts and thoughts follow feelings - it's a positive feedback system!

Psychology Today: "Are emotions and thoughts really as separate as people may think?"

Inspired Human Development (IHD): "Changing thoughts and feelings through action."

Veronica Walsh's CBT Blog: Are our thoughts responsible for our feelings and behaviours? A Cognitive Behavourial (CBT) view.

tiny buddha: "You are not your thoughts and feelings and they don’t have to bring you down."

Jack Kornfield: "Our thoughts are always more provisional and one sided than we admit."


Psychology Today: "Seven components of intimate relationships help define "intimacy.""

Psychology Today: "What does intimacy have to to with spirituality?"

The Conversation: "Older people still have sex, but it’s the intimacy and affection that matters more."

Good Therapy: "Intimacy is important because humans are social creatures who thrive on close personal relationships with others."

Cows in River Dart, Totnes

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