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There is a part of us that ages-our body, primarily-and a part that doesn’t. The part that doesn’t age has something to do with the mind, but it isn’t the mind as we usually think of it; our mental faculties of memory and concentration begin to slowly subside with age just as the body does. But our primary or innate awareness, our feeling of being alive, of just being here, doesn’t age.
It is as bright as always, like a candle flame that puts out steady light, whether the candle is new, half gone, or almost out.The trick is to pay attention to the flame, and not the candle. The flame of a candle half gone may burn just as it did at the beginning, but by now it has burned longer, and it knows something about burning. Innate awareness never ages, though the body does, and maturity and wisdom is the compensation for what time eases from our grasp.
From Lewis Richmond’s The Candle Flame Burns Just As Brightly