The Mind of Aging

“The Mind of Aging” panel and assemblage by Dianne Swan

When Fred suggested I write a piece for 2nd Tuesday about “aging and the mind,” I immediately thought of two ways to look at the subject: The Mind of Aging or The Aging Mind.

Many years ago, I took a writing class at Marylhurst College.  It was taught by one of the Sisters Based on “The Natural Way of Writing” by Gabrielle Lesser Ricu, you just write your subject in the center of your blank page, circle it, and then free your mind. Then write what comes to mind in a random fashion (this is called clusters) around the area of your subject.  Some words will open your mind to others, and actually seem connected.  This is a fun exercise as you will be surprised at the words that come to you.  You then review all the words, and soon a plan comes to mind and you have your assignment!

In my eight decades of living on this planet, I have experienced the aging of my mind and also observed the mind of aging.  Though they sound the same they are very different.

Using the exercise described above, the mind of aging suggests a wise, orderly, overview of the aged mind.  The aging mind suggests a slowing of senses, searching for words; memory loss.

Combining the two avenues of thought actually brings a melding of mind and age, and embraces the wonderment and memories of both mind and age.

I challenge readers of 2nd Tuesday to add this exercise to your creative routine.  You will be surprised what springs forward from your ageless minds.

“The Mind of Aging” Panel and assemblage by Dianne Swan

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