Fast Time and the Aging Mind – NYTimes.com

Ageing and the feeling of time – becoming stuck in mindless habits create the illusion that time passes more quickly – mindfulness and engaging in new endeavours expand our feeling of time…

It’s simple: if you want time to slow down, become a student again. Learn something that requires sustained effort; do something novel. Put down the thriller when you’re sitting on the beach and break out a book on evolutionary theory or Spanish for beginners or a how-to book on something you’ve always wanted to do. Take a new route to work; vacation at an unknown spot. And take your sweet time about it.

via Fast Time and the Aging Mind – NYTimes.com.

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National Portrait Gallery, Canberra – Previous Exhibitions

This short video is quite wonderful…

National Portrait Gallery, Canberra – Previous Exhibitions.

Jenny Sages: Paths to Portraiture is a short film featuring interviews with Jenny Sages, her husband Jack Sages, author Helen Garner and National Portrait Gallery Historian, Sarah Engledow. 

The Joy of Old Age. (No Kidding.) – NYTimes.com

A wonderful essay from Oliver Sacks on the approach of his 80th birthday…

My father, who lived to 94, often said that the 80s had been one of the most enjoyable decades of his life. He felt, as I begin to feel, not a shrinking but an enlargement of mental life and perspective. One has had a long experience of life, not only one’s own life, but others’, too. One has seen triumphs and tragedies, booms and busts, revolutions and wars, great achievements and deep ambiguities, too. One has seen grand theories rise, only to be toppled by stubborn facts. One is more conscious of transience and, perhaps, of beauty. At 80, one can take a long view and have a vivid, lived sense of history not possible at an earlier age. I can imagine, feel in my bones, what a century is like, which I could not do when I was 40 or 60. I do not think of old age as an ever grimmer time that one must somehow endure and make the best of, but as a time of leisure and freedom, freed from the factitious urgencies of earlier days, free to explore whatever I wish, and to bind the thoughts and feelings of a lifetime together.

I am looking forward to being 80.

via The Joy of Old Age. (No Kidding.) – NYTimes.com.

Seniors Flex Creative Muscles In Retirement Arts Colonies : NPR

I would guess that further studies will only support the evidence for creative living and optimal aging – the two innately belong together…

Research shows that there’s a positive impact on older people who create art: they’re healthier, they’re happier, they’re more likely to stay mentally sharp. Scientists say that more studies are needed, but Buster Sussman, 86, seems to be living confirmation of the studies done so far.

via Seniors Flex Creative Muscles In Retirement Arts Colonies : NPR.

Poetry – by David Whyte

David Whyte is one of my favourite poets. His insight into poetry is at the very least quite remarkable. The quote below is something I read and reread, and always seem to find something new waiting for me within it:

P O E T R Y

The poet lives and writes at the frontier between deep internal experience and the revelations of the outer world. There is no going back for the poet once this frontier has been reached; a new territory is visible and what has been said cannot be unsaid. The discipline of poetry is in overhearing yourself say difficult truths from which it is impossible to retreat. Poetry is a break for freedom. In a sense all poems are good; all poems are an emblem of courage and the attempt to say the unsayable; but only a few are able to speak to something universal yet personal and distinct at the same time; to create a door through which others can walk into what previously seemed unobtainable realms, in the passage of a few short lines.

via Poetry.

BlogGravity Glue: Reflecting on Death

Today someone died all too early and I did not know him personally, but his untimely death has affected many close friends. I cannot help but be affected as well. Although I am slightly at a loss to express my condolences, perhaps I can offer my art in this situation…….. since there is a deep connection of this art to the cycles of impermanence….. these balances specifically, were birthed and collapsed during Oli’s last day on earth..

via BlogGravity Glue.