Spirituality in your 60s: How to find your path and purpose 82



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When some people think of spirituality, they think of hippies beating drums at the full moon, or a witch with incense and sage burning. These are stereotypes that have long since been broken – high-powered CEOS to the local baker to the woman down the street have all found true peace and happiness just by connecting with their spiritual sides. It doesn’t mean you have to flaunt it to everyone, in fact many people you know may be deeply spiritual without you even realising.

As we get to our 60s and beyond, we can face questions and doubts. We can be disappointed that we haven’t become who we thought, or have a lifetime of regrets or pain. We can realise that we’ve been living a lie or don’t have a purpose any more because our kids have left home and we have retired. We still want to live a life that matters.

A general idea of spirituality is that we are all intrinsically linked through a higher power, whether it be God or a spiritual god. We all have a spiritual purpose to fulfil in this life on earth but setbacks, good and bad, can put us off our spiritual path. Many people in the world have a religion because they feel there is a higher power, and this all comes under the spiritual banner, though spirituality is not always linked to religion.

If you searching for your spiritual path, there are a number of things you can do to find what you are looking for:


Meditation might seem like hippy mumbo jumbo to some but its benefits are endless. Even just one minute of sitting quietly without distractions will be wonders for your stress levels. A gradual way to get started meditating is to increase your meditation time every month. Start this month with just one minute per day, then next month two, the next three and so on. Once you master meditation you will feel much more connected to your spiritual guide and will feel clarity and peace.

Look for the message 

When faced with an issue, instead of wondering “why me?”, consider what the lesson or message it holds is. It might seem like an unfathomable thing for a spiritual guide to want to put you through but in times of deep suffering, it’s how we come out the other side that really shows us our resilience.

Also, try looking at those coincidences you see in your life. These are often a sign from a higher power to help you make sense of another area of your life.

Surround yourself with good people

It can be hard but you will notice almost immediately how good it feels when you get rid of people in your life who just bring you down. They cause nothing but pain yet for some reason we keep them around. It’s better to surround yourself even with just a handful of people who are kind and loving towards you.

Pay attention to your dreams

Tuning into your dreams is an easy way to tap into your unconscious mind and make sense of situations. You don’t have to run out and buy a dream dictionary either – if you have a gut feeling that a dream means something, you’re probably right. Get in the habit of writing down your dreams when you wake up, and they will increasingly get more vivid.

Channel understanding for others

Another way to really feel your purpose and spirituality is to channel understanding for others. Yes, some people can be very mean or frustrating, but just know that everyone is going through their own things and aren’t the same as you. We can be so concerned with others and what they do and don’t do that we can get jaded or forget our own issues. We may also neglect others who are struggling because we feel they should harden up or are just complaining. Don’t fight fire with fire, just act in love – even giving it a few seconds before you blurt out something you shouldn’t will help.

Do something you love

By doing things you love to do you are freeing your mind of stresses and worry and you become more excited about life, therefore reaching your inner spirit. It will lift you from the burden of just existing.

Connect with your feelings daily

Many people do this by simply meditating, while others just lie there and close their eyes. Whatever you do, just thinking about why you feel a certain way and letting the meotion pass through you is a good way to get in touch with your spiritual side and work through any issues.

Eliminate ego

One of the greatest mountains human souls have to cross is their ego. Recognise negative thoughts and stop looking down on others. Spirituality is about trusting in your life’s path, even when times get tough. Also, leave behind products, labels and appearance – these are all just things to distract us from the reality of our situations. You and others are more than a fancy handbag or pair of shoes.


Tell us, are you a spiritual person? Will you give any of these tips a go?

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  1. Definitely a spiritual person and practise most what is touched upon in the article on a daily basis. I have a strong belief in a higher power, with many ‘proofs of life’ after death but cannot identify with any religion. Man made constructs around what is a central belief are the cause of much pain, suffering and wars. Being connected to a HIgher Power is the antithesis of that.

  2. I am an atheist, I believe just like any other animal, we turn to dust after death, but live on in the DNA of our children. Live a good life and you will have achieved your purpose on this earth.

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  3. I have a very strong faith in Jesus Christ and His teachings and with the state of the world in recent years, I can’t imagine trying to live without His assurances and constant support. Sadly, many of my fellow believers, including myself, have let others down throughout history. All I can ask is that others not blame Him or His Father for what our failings reflect on their teachings. And with what occurred yesterday in Paris and other places around the world, I can only pray that the Holy Spirit flows into all corners of our once beautiful planet to bring peace and comfort to those hurt or grieving and to change people’s hearts for good.

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    • But Alan you say that Christians follow Christ and his example….well aren’t these Christians also men? Regardless, religion was actually invented by man to keep control so they follow their own rules.

    • Jesus Christ was not invented by man. Following Christ is not the same thing as following a religion run by men. In any situation, ask what Christ would do and do likewise.

    • Religion has nothing to do with Jesus Christ, it was the religious leaders that killed Jesus, like the others have said religion is man made, it’s not until you have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ will you ever know the breath, depth and height of Gods love for you!

    • We have all been indoctrinated to believe in Jesus and God. The truth is that man was around for thousands of years (having evolved over thousands of years from the sea) and a few enterprising men realised how to gain and keep control. Religion was and still is the opium of the masses and is used to hide behind its man made rules. Who first wrote the Bible? Not Jesus or God, but man. God surely would not condone the stoning of women under certain religions, plus other atrocities. Indoctrination is a powerful tool!

    • Men also wrote the encyclopaedias and the scientific text books. It doesn’t mean that they are fiction.

  4. I don’t belive in any of it, I think it is all mumbo jumbo, man can’t accept his own death so they had to invent a fantasy world to keep the masses in check and obeying laws

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    • I totally agree with you David. I wonder if those who believe in a ‘god’ or higher power, if they ever wonder why all the atrocities in the world or children born maimed or die. I’ve often wondered too why the image of the virgin Mary appears in uneducated and catholic regions of the world … just saying !!!

    • I was listening to a documentary Victoria and said the idea of the Virgin Mary was taken from the Ancient Egyptians, they has Isis, she was depicted as a woman with a child the ultimate mother

    • David James …. really David. My Dad, who wasn’t religious, read the bible and he had a great memory, knew all about the it …… he said it was a good BOOK 🙂

    • My personal experience with my maker trumps the cynicism of the doubters. Don’t blame God for the sins of men who have been misled by Satan.

    • run away Alan Skelton if you want to belive in fairy tales goodonya mate but I don’t need you preaching to me

    • I am an atheist Victoria too and you don’t have to be a believer to have the ability to read. I have read the Bible too

    • You won’t find something if you don’t look for it. Read the book “Real Magic” by Wayne W Dyer and then at least you’ll know what to look for. It has nothing to do with death nothing to do with invention but everything to do with the awareness we all have but sometimes live an entire life without noticing it.

    • Victoria Alexandra D’Arienzo, people cause these atrocities, if you blame god or a devil whatever? That’s a cop out we are responsible for our actions, be they good or bad.

    • Alan and Lee, what ever you believe in and what makes you happy I’m okay with that. But Lee, can you please explain to me why your god causes children to be born with defects and those children that go through great terrible illnesses and ultimatley die ?

    • I may be wrong but I don’t Lee is into that kind of spiritualism Victoria..I am sure she will tell us 🙂

    • Victoria, Wayne W Dyer has written a great many books and I have several of them but Real Magic was the “door opener” for me. It suddenly “clicked” and I knew what he was on about.

    • Victoria, it’s not my god, I was raised as a catholic and in no way do I follow these beliefs, you might say I grew up and woke up and started to question the church and Christianity as a whole, that is why I am questioning these comments, these things just happen, for me that’s nature at work and something just goes wrong. We need to take responsibility for everything that happens. I try not to lay blame.

    • It is interesting to see David James preaching his mantra but objecting to comments that he regards as preaching. Smacks of hypocrisy – not surprising from those who have not sought the truth.

    • Victoria Alexandra D’Arienzo Somehow cold corned meat and salad just doesn’t cut it anymore knowing you are munching on roast lamb – with all the trimmings no doubt, drooooolll

  5. …….and theres nothing wrong with hippies. at least they dont hurt anyone. and as for witches……. ive known a few in my time and they can be disguised in many forms. as for sage burning perhaps you try it some time….. institutionalized religion is not for many.

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    • You know witches? who come in many forms like shape shifters? well I have known a few old bats in my time but never anyone with magical powers

  6. Sorry to be blunt here if you haven’t found some type of spirituality by the time you are in your sixties you are way behind the eight ball, surely most people have, if not that explains many things to me about some of the comments I see.

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  7. I am a Christian and have found my Faith has sustained me in many difficult times..we are invited to believe.. Not forced ..it is everyone’s choice to accept or reject. You cannot force it on people.This is a wondrous world and humans are such a complex magnificent creatures.

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    • Some people would prefer to believe this world and everything on it happened by accident an explosion of atoms and there it was. Not by design not taking into account that we are so wondrously made with body soul and spirit.🤗

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