Interview: Maranda Pleasant

Maranda Pleasant: What makes you come alive or inspires you?

Christiane Northrup: I am tremendously moved anytime anyone gives birth to something from deep within themselves that is pure and authentic.

MP: What makes you feel vulnerable?

CN: Sitting in a milonga with a room full of strangers hoping to be asked to dance. Realizing how much I don’t know. Being unable to permanently clear clutter from my home and desk; it always creeps back in.

MP: If you could say something to everyone on the planet, what would it be?

CN: “You have far more power to heal and be healthy than you ever dreamed possible. Your health is not outside of you. And you don’t need to deteriorate with advancing age.”

MP: How do you handle emotional pain?

CN: I move, I cry, I yell, or growl, or keen. I hit a towel against a wall. I have a series of close friends who are healers who I call. I get bodywork done. I do “divine love” meditations.

MP: How do you keep your center in the middle of chaos? Do you have a daily routine?

CN: I keep my center by [surrounding] myself with like-minded people who I can call and visit with and simply be with.

MP: What’s been one of your biggest lessons so far in life?

CN: My divorce and subsequent rebirth at midlife.

MP: What truth do you know for sure?

CN: That we have each chosen the circumstances of our births in order to carry out our soul’s purposes. And these purposes can’t always be known to our intellects. Nothing happens randomly. And at the same time, we have the ability to become far more powerful and happy and healthy than we ever dreamed possible. At any age.

MP: Tell me about your yoga or mindfulness practice. What influence has it had on your life?

CN: Mindfulness is the key to everything, and this is especially true when one approaches the cultural portal known as “middle age.” This is when people mindlessly believe that it’s normal to get diseases and start to fall apart. But the truth is that midlife is the time when people need to wake up and be far more mindful about their everyday habits and thinking patterns.

Example: saying “I’m having a senior moment” when they forget their cell phone, which simply assumes that cognitive decline is inevitable with getting older. It’s not. And by becoming mindful of our cultural programming, we can step out of it.

MP: Tell me about your latest projects.

CN: My book Goddesses Never Age: The Secret Prescription for Radiance, Vitality, and WellBeing turns the conversation about aging on its head. My message is “Getting older is inevitable. Aging and deterioration are optional.” I also have a PBS special called Glorious Women Never Age, due to air nationwide in early March. It’s time we changed the conversation about getting older.

MP: What is love for you?

CN: It is a universal force, like gravity, that holds the solar system together and pours into our hearts as life-force—and gets expressed to us most beautifully by small children and animals.

MP: What is the most important thing for us to do as beings?

CN: Be joyful and experience pleasurable lives.

Christiane Northrup, MD, is a visionary pioneer and leading authority in the field of women’s health and wellness. Recognizing the unity of body, mind, and spirit, she empowers women to trust their inner wisdom, their connection with Source, and their ability to truly flourish.



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