The passage into midlife works in the same way. Without consciously honoring a change, Marianne says, we'll mark it subconsciously...with a midlife crisis. Marianne says men tend to display midlife crises by acting wild, while women are more prone to unacknowledged depression.
Yet if you have a ceremony to mark the passage, Marianne says you will literally change how your mind thinks.
Follow Marianne's "Ceremony of the Elder" to honor your passage into midlife.
"If we mark [midlife] honorably, it goes from crisis to process, to honor, to ritual," she says. "And your whole spirit rises to meet that."
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