dancing in the still point on the spiral journey of life

Conscious Aging

Wisdom emerges out of experience

Come, come, whoever you are. Wanderer, worshipper, lover of living, it doesn’t matter. Ours is not a caravan of despair. Come, even if you have broken your vow a thousand times. Come, yet again, come, come. ~ Rumi   In my last blog post, To know sorrow, I wrote about the loss of dear friends.…

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Get Outside!

There are so many benefits to spending time in nature! It can help increase the quality of your sleep, reduce depression, and improve mental health. Being in nature can also help control pain and negative stress.   In our high-tech society, it appears to be increasingly difficult to connect with nature, even for kids. Why So…

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Your everlasting summer, you can see it fading fast

  Are you reelin’ in the years Stowin’ away the time ~ Steely Dan   Recently, Anne Lamott wrote a post on turning 61. She says her “inside self doesn’t have an age.” I don’t think mine does either but I sure have a lot of memories, some are more clear than others. Anyway, I…

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Knowledge is a Beautiful Thing

Knowledge is a Beautiful Thing IF you have up-to-date information about Cosmetic Medicine and Surgery. Excuse me?   For the first time in many years, I picked up a women’s magazine, New Beauty’s Special Issue. There are 200+ pages in their Winter/Spring 2015 edition.   The cover model is 42 year old Sofia Vergara: Modern Beauty Icon…

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Becoming Spiritually Intelligent

The great awareness comes slowly, piece by piece. The path of spiritual growth is a path of lifelong learning. M. Scott Peck   Sometimes life is marvelous and magical.   Sometimes life is hard.    Sometimes life is heartbreakingly beautiful and poignant.   There are infinite circumstances and reactions.   What do you do when you…

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The I-Feel-Fat-Ugly-Old Guide to Spiritual Well-Being

Yes, I’ve been around the block a time or two, maybe three. I know what my self-talk patterns are really about. Cycles of despair. Neural ruts. They sound like this. I feel fat. I hate myself. If I eat, I’ll feel better. No, really. If I eat too much then I can obsess over my…

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Coming of Age

One of the benefits of getting older is the ability to evaluate our life’s experiences. Long forgotten youthful passions come to light once more. We can pick up dropped threads and weave them back into the fabric of our lives.   “As we enter 2015 we are conscious not only of the Feminine Principle, but of…

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Have I Ovary-Acted?

  Turns out I have a love-hate relationship with my ovaries. I love that I was able to get pregnant and bring two amazing, smart and beautiful daughters into the world. There have been times, though, that I haven’t felt the hormonal love.   ***My heart goes out to those of you who have had fertility…

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Old age is not a disease.

It’s all relative.   According to the Encyclopedia Britannica, the average life span in ancient Rome and medieval Europe was between 20 and 30 years. Our life expectancy in 1900 was around 65. It has increased now 25 years in the last century. So, God willin’ and the creek don’t rise, we can make it to…

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On being 61

I am 61 years old. Sometimes I squirm in my chair, feeling awkward in my changing body. I wonder if I’ve made valid decisions about life, work and children. I’ve made mistakes. I have a few regrets. I wonder how things might have been different.   Driving down the road, looking in the rear view…

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