“The True Promise of Aging” goes live

 

It’s time to see aging in a new light. To see aging not as something to fear, but as a door to new meaning and happiness — an opportunity to experience and express more of our own true character at any age.

It is an opportunity to connect more deeply with the timeless peace and happiness at the core of our being. To experience more freedom, paradoxically, even as our physical body inevitably loses ground.

We are a divine masterpiece, every one of us, and we are here to let this masterpiece that we truly are shine brighter and brighter with every passing day.

Your body ages but our unconquerable spirit is ageless

Yes, aging has its challenges. I would never seek to belittle them. But I know too that although our bodies age, our own unconquerable spirit does not grow old. It is our true Self and we can nurture it and express it as long as we live in this human form.

This is one of the primary themes of my new course, “How to Look (and Feel) 10 years Younger in 4 weeks: The True Promise and Potential of Aging,” now available at this blog right now.  (Please see sidebar).

I’m 79, “World’s oldest new blogger” according to my friend Steven Aitchison.  My course, which is based in my own personal experience, has 8 steps, or modules, and a workbook. The modules and the workbook are available here at my blog as downloadable pdfs.

I thank my special mentor and friend, Mary Jaksch, co-founder with Leo Babauta of The A-List Blogger Club, for her tremendous help and mentoring in getting this course ready to offer to you. Mary has contributed two great articles to this course.

Change your mind about aging

To give you a little idea of content, here are some of the titles of the 8 steps of this course:

Step 1: Change Your Mind About Aging

Step 2: Aging – the Secret to Happiness

Step 3: How to deal with difficult feelings (and find true bliss) as you age

Step 4: Make wisdom your ally

Step 5: The free facelift, or how to look as young as you feel (by Mary Jaksch)

His skin was gnarled but his smile shone  so brightly

I’ve written this course because I’m passionate about sharing my own personal experience — and what I see transpiring in the lives of others — that while external forms age, the unconquerable spirit who we truly are is eternal.

JoAnn and I were so touched the other day when we saw a picture in the Denver Post of a merry 103-year-old gentleman beaming at passersby as he rode his bike along a coastal path in California.

His skin looked a little gnarled and wrinkled. There were training wheels on his bike. But what a beautiful picture it was. It’s just our outer clothing that changes. The “inside” of us, our true spirit and character, hasn’t changed at all. This beautiful man was living proof of this.

Thank you to all those who have helped me

I express my wonder and deep gratitude at the immense spirit of mutual cooperation and love that is on the move in this world and that helped make my course possible.

I’ve mentioned my friend Mary Jaksch, of Good Life Zen. Mary has not only been a wonderful mentor, but is publishing a guest post from me on May 23 at Good Life Zen entitled: “How I learned to give my gift without any expectation.” Please do check it out.

I have more wonderful friends that I’ve met via the internet who have inspired me and who I thank deeply for their help in promoting my course and spreading the word about it. I can’t name them all, but here are some of these wonderfully generous and like-minded souls:

Robin Easton, author of that great book, Naked In Eden, is such a precious friend and brave, generous spirit. She has published a terrific interview with me about the course and you can read it by clicking “The True Promise of Aging.” Thank you so much Robin.

Leo Babauta, of Zen Habits, has  just published a guest post of mine entitled “How to be irresistible at any age.” To say I feel privileged and honored is putting it mildly. Please take a look – Leo is a huge force for creative change in this world and one of the top 25 bloggers in the US.

Steven Aitchison, of Change Your Thoughts, is also publishing a guest post from me May 23 entitled: “How aging can be a door to new meaning and happiness.” Steve has been a special friend ever since I had a coaching session with him soon after I started blogging in 2009. He’s one of the most kind, generous-hearted people I know.

Tess Marshall, of The Bold Life, has also published an interview with me at her blog.  Tess is so much fun. My wife and I were cracking up as we read the interview. Tess has given me a terrific testimonial for this course and I do thank her.

Sandra Pawula, of Always Well Within, published a post about my course on her blog on May 22 – the second anniversary of my blog. So kind of you Sandra. I love the title of her post: “Getting Beyond the Fear of Aging.” Sums it up in a nutshell.

Angela Artemis, author and intuitive, at Powered By Intuition, has published a wonderful endorsement of my course at her blog and I do thank her.

And finally I thank Larry Deane, of Empty Cabin Media, my “go-to” guy for help with my blogging and website. He did my new design a while back. Larry is so competent and reasonable, and has been absolutely extraordinary in his generous and expert help getting the back end of the course ready. Can’t recommend Larry highly enough.

My wish for you

I started work on my course at least 4-5 months ago, though part of me feels I have been working on it forever. I remember Mary Jaksch telling me a while back that the hardest part for a blogger is actually getting a product shipped out the door. I say amen to that.

But today, come heaven or high water, I’m shipping my “baby” out and I do hope so much that you’ll take a few moments to check it out. I also invite you to take a look at the interviews and guest posts on this theme of “happy aging” that I’ve mentioned.

Finally, my wish for you is that whatever your physical age, you experience an ever deeper recognition of the masterpiece you truly are. You are a Child of Light and you have a priceless gift to give your world. It is the gift of your own true character, already perfect and already free.

Love and blessings to you and happy aging. Please Click here  or on the sidebar to find more about my course. Please click on the Facebook or Twitter icons on the sidebar to follow me on social media.

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Phil D. Malmstrom May 23, 2011 at 6:36 am

Congratulations Christopher, on this wonderful achievement! I know I’ve certainly been Blessed and enlightened by the conversations between our blogs, and I have no doubt that your course will inspire all those who take it.

Your line from today’s posting gave me a smile : “We are a divine masterpiece, every one of us, and we are here to let this masterpiece that we truly are shine brighter and brighter with every passing day.”

You’re an excellent example of this Sir. :-)

Have a Blessed Day!
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Christopher Foster May 23, 2011 at 2:47 pm

God bless you Phil. Thank you for your wonderful spirit and it is a pleasure and a joy to share this journey together. Stay well and be safe. You have a blessed day too.

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John Sherry May 23, 2011 at 7:41 am

Christopher, you’re a star! I really genuinely beliveve you are going to be helping lots of lives as so many people have trouble facing ageing as the world has an over fascination with youth.

You’ve been through much but your indomitable spirit stills shines through and you are a perfect advert and embodiment that we don’t get older — just more scared of our dreams. I wish you eternal joy and without doubt for me you are an inspiration!
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Christopher Foster May 23, 2011 at 2:44 pm

You’re a true friend John. Thank you so much for these words, they mean a lot to me, but I also want to reciprocate and express my deep appreciation for the great work you are doing, your steady contribution to help make this world a better place. It’s a privilege to know you and connect with you. Blessings.

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Angela Artemis May 23, 2011 at 9:17 am

Chris,
Congratulations on putting together an absolutely fabulous course! You are a great role model! If I have half your energy and joy of life at age 80 I will consider my life a shining success!
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Christopher Foster May 23, 2011 at 12:09 pm

You are a very kind woman Angela. Getting to know you a bit better has been a great happiness to me the past little while. Thank you so much for all your help re the course. What a difference it makes:-)

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Arvind Devalia ~ Make It Happen May 23, 2011 at 10:10 am

Congratulations Chris for creating and launching what promises to be a life-changing, and indeed life-saving course for many people.

Here’s to my next 40 years, thanks to you….. :-)
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Christopher Foster May 23, 2011 at 12:07 pm

Arvind, I’m so happy to hear from you. Thanks for your words. I’m sure those next 40 years are going to be terrific. Please say Hi to London for me — maybe order a beer for me in a proper English pub?

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Arvind Devalia ~ Make It Happen May 23, 2011 at 12:29 pm

Christopher, sure thing – a beer coming up in a proper English pub (even though I don’t drink beer)!

Sandra / Always Well Within May 23, 2011 at 11:18 am

Christopher,

Congratulations on launching this important course and opening a door to “new meaning and happiness” for those of us who are shaking in our skins about the idea of aging or just in denial about it.

I love your passionate spirit which shines out through the pages of this course. I know your course will truly help others because it is chock-full of wisdom, humor, and also practical advice. Well done, my friend!
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Christopher Foster May 23, 2011 at 11:59 am

Thank you so much Sandra. This course has been a lot of work but in an instant your kind and encouraging words make it more than worthwhile. I’m so happy to have connected with you and I love the title you chose for your latest post. Onward and upward, right?

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Larry May 23, 2011 at 5:26 pm

Thanks so much Chris and congratulations on your launch! You’re a great client and friend, very honored to be part of your journey.
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Christopher Foster May 25, 2011 at 9:04 am

Thanks Larry. You’re a bright light to me in this sometimes scary high-tech blogging world…how was I so lucky to find you?

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Megan "JoyGirl!" Bord May 23, 2011 at 7:09 pm

I just read your interview on The Bold Life, and couldn’t wait to get over here and tell you how great it was. You inspire me! I’m slowly learning to let things go, and trust my innate wisdom — to let “be” what wants to be. On top of that, to trust that I don’t have to DO anything to make myself worthwhile. Like you said, when you became aware of the stillness and your spirit, everything we need is already within us. We can stop searching!

And like you, Christopher, I love love love to laugh. I’m making it my intention to surround myself with more people on a daily basis who not only make me laugh with their positive, wonderful energy, but who also take time to really laugh WITH me. As a single gal, I don’t always connect “live” with people as often as I think my spirit needs. Your interview lit a fire under me, though, so thank you! And for what it’s worth, you look 20 years younger than the age you claim to be. Amazing!

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Christopher Foster May 25, 2011 at 9:00 am

Megan, this is such a beautiful comment. Thank you so much. You get right to the heart of the matter. I don’t know of any more freeing truth than realizing, as you say, that you don’t have to “DO” anything to make yourself worthwhile.

It’s the trap of the ages, becoz no matter how much we struggle on that basis we never really arrive. How much simpler, how much wiser to simply stop, as you say, and dare to be still.

And then know in that very instant, “I am a divine masterpiece and I always have been.” So glad you enjoyed the interview, Tess is a unique character isn’t she.

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Little Lessons Under the Big Sky May 24, 2011 at 1:47 pm

I absolutely loved reading the interview over at THE BOLD LIFE with Tess. You remind me of my father, who at age 84 still is out fly-fishing, laughing a ton, and embracing age with an amazing attitude…..

There are so many many “golden” tidbits of wisdom in what you embrace about the aging process. I love thinking of aging as “freeing yourself”. I am finding the older I get (I am still a young 43 years old) the more I let go. That doesn’t mean to not be strong (I started running again 5 years ago) or try to look my best, but to not worry so much about what others may think about me, and more try to connect with my inner authenticity. I will look forward to reading more and more……
Thanks,

Jen (Life Little Lessons Under the Big Sky) SOON TO BE findyourharmony.com
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Christopher Foster May 25, 2011 at 8:43 am

Thank you so much for your sharing Jen. I’d love to meet your Dad some day, good for him. I never did learn fly fishing but I love the water.

But you’re absolutely right. To think of aging as a chance to free ourselves…a beautiful way of putting it. I think it’s our true birthright to be happier and happier as we age and grab the opportunity to be more and more authentic.
Love and blessings.

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J.D. Meier May 24, 2011 at 8:29 pm

> Your body ages but our unconquerable spirit is ageless.
I like that, and so true.
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Christopher Foster May 25, 2011 at 8:39 am

Thank you JD. Nice to touch in with you for a moment.

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Hilary May 25, 2011 at 5:04 am

Hi Christopher .. I love your interview with Robin .. and your take on the world here – it’s very good to read – we have so much to offer as we get older … we need to have open minds, and to engage with those younger, while offering our hearts to all souls.

Thanks .. good to meet you – cheers Hilary
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Christopher Foster May 25, 2011 at 8:38 am

Hey, it’s good to meet you too Hilary. Thanks so much for checking in here. Yeah, I thought Robin did a lovely job with her interview. Im looking forward to reading up on Judy Croome but it will have to wait a little bit…busy as heck here… Blessings

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Tess Giles Marshall May 26, 2011 at 1:57 pm

Congratulations on developing this course. It’s so important that those of us who experience aging in the way you describe share this with others. There’s far too much fear and desperation around the simple fact of getting older. I do believe that aging as the door you describe is a choice.
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Christopher Foster May 28, 2011 at 8:59 am

Tess, thank you, I appreciate your words so much. You bring to my mind the simple power of agreement — and how happiness and a feeling of confidence and trust toward life are actually quite irresistible. Blessings.

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Sibyl - alternaview May 27, 2011 at 8:55 am

Congratulations on your product Christopher. I know it has been an amazing part of your journey and that you will do amazingly well with it. I am so happy for you and it is great to see you accomplishing so many great things.
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Christopher Foster May 28, 2011 at 8:48 am

Sibyl, thank you. One of the most precious aspects of this journey has been getting to know so many wonderful new friends — each with such a special gift to offer. You are sure one of them. Love and blessings and stay strong.

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Alison Kerr | Loving Nature's Garden May 27, 2011 at 11:43 am

Christopher you are amazing. I can’t believe you’re offering your course for such a great price too. I know it must be great, just like your blog. I get a sense of peace just from a visit here.
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Christopher Foster May 28, 2011 at 8:40 am

Alison, thank you for your kind comment. It’s lovely to hear from you — a fellow member of the A-List Bloggers:-) Good luck and God Bless.

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The Vizier May 28, 2011 at 3:11 am

Hi Christopher,

Congratulations on the launch of your course! It is definitely a milestone in the blogging world because you are an example to all that age is no barrier to getting things done. Do keep on sharing your wisdom with us! :)

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Christopher Foster May 28, 2011 at 8:38 am

Thank you so much Irving. I appreciate your encouragement immensely. So happy to share this blogging journey with you.

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Joy May 29, 2011 at 2:02 am

You have amazing energy–peace filled, wise..abundant grace. Congratulations on creating and sharing your course..valuable at every age!

I think the mainstream is conditioned to fear aging..when we fear, we resist..in this case we would be resisting life itself. Physical age is not relevant to me. Raising my children, experts say this age equals this stage (for example ‘terrible twos’); since I don’t label it, I don’t experience it as such..each age of my children has been an absolute joy.

In my personal life, as I age, my heart fills even more with love and gratitude and my capacity to be open to the world and experience the natural gifts in it deepens as I ‘grow’…My wish for you is the same as the beauty filled wish you included for us in your essay:)

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Christopher Foster May 31, 2011 at 3:31 pm

Thank you SO MUCH Joy. I’m proud of you. Yes, I think we are conditioned to fear aging, but how inspiring your words are that we don’t have to go along with these negative views but it is perfectly within our power to choose a different path. I especially thank you for your kind words re my course.

So happy to share this adventure of life with you.

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Paulette Mcdowell December 13, 2011 at 12:58 pm

You get right to the heart of the matter. I never did learn fly fishing but I love the water. I wish you eternal joy and without doubt for me you are an inspiration!
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Christopher Foster December 13, 2011 at 3:12 pm

A lot of joy to you too Paulette. Thank you for your comment and have a wonderful Christmas and New year.

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