FL: What prompted you to write Goddesses Never Age?
CN: Like my earlier books, Women’s Bodies Women’s Wisdom and The Wisdom of Menopause, I wrote Goddesses Never Age after a fairly long period of introspection, action, and research. The material for Goddesses Never Age was born out of the ashes of my divorce at midlife, and my subsequent desire to reinvent myself. At the time I was confronted with the cultural belief that my best years were behind me, and that women over the age of 50 aren’t as desirable or attractive. I realize this all sounds melodramatic, but I was concerned that I would never find love, that I would be alone forever.
What I found was that there is indeed vibrant life after the age of 50, and to get to the light at the end of the tunnel I first had to exhume my old beliefs and expose them to the light of day. And then set out to prove that a new way of living was possible! Along the way, I realized that I was certainly not alone in my fears—or in my hopes and dreams. So I wrote Goddesses Never Age to give women and men of all ages a different perspective on what it can mean to grow older.
FL: I know that the word “aging” bothers you. Why it that? Is it true that you’ve asked all the people who have worked on the book and the book launch not to use the word aging?
CN: Words have potent biological effects on our bodies. And we co-author each others’ biology by how we talk to each other. The word “aging” is virtually synonymous with decline and deterioration—both of which are not inevitable. I’m asking everyone, including the wonderful people I work with, to be cognizant of the language they use, since their words often represent their subconscious beliefs.
It’s very important that we make the distinction between growing older and aging. It’s possible to grow older without decline. Growing older is simply the opportunity to move through space and gain value and wisdom. Culturally, we have a belief that chronic degenerative diseases like heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and arthritis are inevitable after the age of 50. These conditions are, by and large, related to lifestyle, and have little to do with chronological age. Hence I use the phrase I learned from Mario Martinez, PhD, and author the Mind Body Code: Getting older is inevitable. Aging is optional. Let’s not make them synonymous!
FL: I hear you’ve declared 2015 the Year of the Ageless Goddess. How do you celebrate the Year of the Ageless Goddess, and how can men celebrate too?
CN: When we celebrate how far we’ve come, what we’ve learned, and begin to dream about a wonderful future, we celebrate agelessness. You also celebrate by realizing that it’s possible to become biologically younger by the end of the year. Our bodies replace all their cells approximately every seven years. And as you have seen in your practice, biological age—the age of our tissues—can be very different from chronologic age—the age on our driver’s license.
Research on healthy people, age 100 and over, finds that they are future oriented and hate being around “old people” (which simply means those who focus on negativity and their aches and pains). These centenarians live in subcultures of wellness, not disease, which is another way to celebrate.
I also suggest that we celebrate by following a passion that we’ve always wanted to develop. Learn a new language or movement strategy. Smile at yourself in the mirror each morning. Get regular foot rubs. That’s just for starters. And of course I suggest reading Goddesses Never Age as a great way to celebrate—for both men and women!
FL: In the last chapter of your book, you introduce your 14 Day Ageless Goddess Program. Can you tell me about it?
CN: Nothing changes unless we take some kind of action. So, the 14 Day Ageless Goddess Program breaks down all the steps of living agelessly into simple bite-sized pieces of information, designed to change the way you think about growing older. And therefore provides ways you can take action. The most important thing is that you be willing to change your beliefs, because it all starts there.
If people want more ideas on how to begin acting like an ageless goddess or god, they can also watch my eighth Public Television special called “Glorious Women Never Age, which begins airing across the U.S. on February 28, 2015.
This information is not intended to treat, diagnose, cure, or prevent any disease. All material in this article is provided for educational purposes only. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health care provider with any questions you have regarding a medical condition, and before undertaking any diet, exercise, or other health program.
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Christiane Northrup, M.D., is an ob/gyn physician, the New York Times bestselling author of Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom and The Wisdom of Menopause, and a leading authority in the field of women’s health and wellness. After spending decades transforming women’s understanding of their sacred bodies and processes, Dr. Northrup now teaches women to embrace a new mindset and thrive at every stage of life in Goddesses Never Age: The Secret Prescription for Radiance, Vitality, and Well-being (February 2015, Hay House). She is also thrilled with her new company A-ma-ta, derived from “ageless” and “eternal,” and devoted to creating and distributing products to support ageless goddesses everywhere. Don’t miss Dr. Northrup’s cutting-edge information. Follow her at www.drnorthrup.com, on Facebook, Twitter, and her Internet radio show Flourish!