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Aging With Creative Vitality

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This last month I have come right smack up against the reality that I am no longer “young” in age and that this wonderful body is breaking down a little bit. This “break down” comes at a time when I am enjoying life tremendously and feeling the absolute freedom of being in elderhood.

When I found out that one of my knees had osteoarthritis and a small lateral meniscus tear it was a wake up call and a reminder that bodies do indeed break down a bit over time no matter how well we take care of them.

For some of us there are many more health challenges that we face, but in spite of those very challenges the human soul that lives within still wants to party! By that I mean live life in the fullest expression possible.

Today I came across a most beautiful project by Lauri Schur called The Beauty of Aging. Lauri, a once upon a time psychotherapist, took her life in a new direction when she decided to find inspiring role models for her own aging process and that of other women. The outcome of this is a one hour documentary film called The Beauty of Aging staring vital women over 80 years old.

Though some have now passed on all were living vibrantly at the time of the film and have many wise things to share with us. Mesmerized by these women and their stories I watched the almost 10 minute trailer posted below and found inspiration and often laughter. I have to admit that Lavada Campbell was a favorite of mine (pictured above with her husband) as her flamboyance (and her transparent discussion about sex!) left me laughing and saying “oh yes sistah!”

Here is some of their wisdom around the aging process:

THE SECRETS OF THE BEAUTY OF AGING

As shared by the stars, Hedda, Lavada & Shirley of the documentaries

HEDDA BOLGAR (103) Documentary short on her life in post-production

Stay connected to people of all ages. Live in the present. Be involved in things

that are meaningful. Give back to people and causes. Enjoy the freedom of old

age.

I have a strong feeling of connection with everything that’s alive…”

Somebody once asked me what time of life I liked best…I said now” (in her late

90’s)

I don’t know why people are so afraid of getting old…there are tremendous

gains…the ease and the security of feeling essentially being able to cope…”

LAVADA CAMPBELL (Died at age 88) Co-Star of “Greedy for Life”

Live life fully. Spirituality is important. Sexuality continues into the older years.

Dance and be active. Service to others is essential.

I didn’t live in a little box, I lived my life fully..I still got things I want to do.”(At 82)

You’re never too old to have sex”

Let go and do a lot of fun things…you know, enjoy life.”

SHIRLEY WINDWARD (Died at age 93) Co-star of “Greedy for Life”

Creativity is important. Meaningful relationships and loving people matters.

Having a sense of humor is helpful. A good attitude and adaptability are crucial.

There’s creativity everywhere…it’s part of your existance…”

And we have all these friends around us…the web…”

Yes I’m greedy, but I’m greedy for experience and for wonderful things to

happen…”

THE BEAUTY OF AGING DOCUMENTARY PROJECT

http://www.beautyofaging.com

These women were a generation, or more, before me and as far as I am concerned have paved the way for the multitude of baby boomers, men and women alike,  to co-create the best time of their lives in the last portion of a life well lived!

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Inspiring New Possibilities, Living From the Heart of Life While Co-creating Well Being of Body, Mind, Heart and Planet….One Breath At A Time

http://www.GayeAbbott.com

Gaye Abbott, RYT assists individuals to dissolve the layers that cover the natural innate blueprint we came in with and reveal, through a combination of the energy medicine of Jin Shin Jyutsu, yoga therapy and breath re-patterning, and as spiritual mentor/guide/coach, the larger purpose and co-creative expression that we are here for.

For those interested in receiving private sessions please contact Gaye at: JoyfulGaye@NaturalPassages.com.  Travel to your location in the U.S. or globally is available as is Skype mentoring/coaching.  Please inquire. 

OTHER BLOGS BY GAYE ABBOTT:
www.BreathingSpaces.net
www.NaturalWealthJournal.com

Breath-Book-coverW2(1)Give Us This Day Our Daily Breath Preview, Reviews and purchase links can be found here:

http://gayeabbott.com/books/

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Soul Musings/Day 31: Reflections on Listening to Soul

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Gaye in Bali, Indonesia/Global Healing Conference

 

Those who don’t feel this Love
pulling them like a river,
those who don’t drink dawn
like a cup of spring water
or take in sunset like supper,
those who don’t want to change,

let them sleep.

This Love is beyond the study of theology,
that old trickery and hypocrisy.
If you want to improve your mind that way,

sleep on.

I’ve given up on my brain.
I’ve torn the cloth to shreds
and thrown it away.

If you’re not completely naked,
wrap your beautiful robe of words
around you,

and sleep.

– Rumi

For those of you that may have been following these Soul Musings for the past 31 days I express my gratitude. In total there have been 93 posts including today’s which is rather unbelievable to me as I was ready to quit it all on Day 5!

True to form there will only be 8 sentences here (though the one following is indeed a very long one!) with the last two being specific to this particular blog. I have experienced many things as I have committed to this practice and among them have been the fickleness of the creative muse; the release in simply writing something and then letting it go; observing the critic that wanted to take main stage but whom I banished to the netherlands (where is that anyway?); the groundedness of a regular writing practice; at times the self-imposed pressure of hitting that “Publish” button every single day on 3 blogs; allowing for the polarity of “good writing” and “bad writing” to vanish from my vocabulary; that there would be “something to write about” every single day, but more, trusting that I would listen to what was coming through and simply act as the translator on behalf of full uncensored expression.

When I was urged from the depths of my Soul – from Source – to commit to this practice I was at first certain of it and then wanted to flee from the implications of it. The months of going without writing anything prior to this practice have now fled into oblivion (would love to know where that is too!) and I am washed clean of any hesitation to simply write from the deepest parts of my being.

This was my favorite blog to post on though I probably shouldn’t divulge that! I will forever be an advocate on behalf of embodiment as an untamed woman, free to fully express safely, creatively and passionately, in this sacred life we have been given.

NAMASTE

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NATURAL PASSAGES CONSULTING

Inspiring New Possibilities, Living From the Heart of Life While Co-creating Well Being of Body, Being, Heart and Planet….One Breath At A Time

http://www.GayeAbbott.com

Gaye Abbott, RYT assists individuals to dissolve the layers that cover the natural innate blueprint we came in with and reveal, through a combination of the energy medicine of Jin Shin Jyutsu, yoga therapy and breath re-patterning, and as spiritual mentor/guide/coach, the larger purpose and co-creative expression that we are here for.

For those interested in receiving private sessions please contact Gaye at: JoyfulGaye@NaturalPassages.com.  Travel to your location in the U.S. or globally is available as is Skype mentoring/coaching.  Please inquire. 

 

OTHER BLOGS BY GAYE ABBOTT:
www.BreathingSpaces.net
www.NaturalWealthJournal.com

Breath-Book-coverW2(1)Give Us This Day Our Daily Breath Preview, Reviews and purchase links can be found here:

http://gayeabbott.com/books/

Soul Musings/Day 25: Never As Young As Today

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What a lovely philosophy to have as we age. This is indeed the youngest day we will ever have for the rest of our life.

As we enter the final third of our lives this is especially yummy to embody. Yet no matter what stage of life we are in this awareness opens up a space for incredible creativity….and yes fun.

Possibilities open up where there are no boundaries placed around an idea, a vision or even a heart opening desire pulsing in the space of today.

Instead of a focus on days gone by that we shall never get back there is a ripeness in each day that offers opportunity.

Unfolding right now.

All we need to do is say yes.

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Inspiring New Possibilities, Living From the Soul of Life While Co-creating Well Being of Body, Being, Heart and Planet….One Breath At A Time

Soul Musings is a 31-day practice for the month of December immersed in deep listening to what is emerging and unfolding day by day.  Eight sentences with occasional resources to explore more deeply.

Each post, invited by Soul, allows the words to emerge unscathed from prior planning, editing, or censorship.  Dwelling in uncertainty and dipping a toe into mystery this union of words is an attempt to resonate within an innate way of Being…. returning “home”.

To receive daily posts simply sign up for this blog and you will be notified through e-mail.  In addition there will be daily posts on the blogs below.  Thank you for being part of this practice with me!

Gaye Abbotthttp://www.GayeAbbott.com

OTHER BLOGS:

BreathingSpaces

NaturalWealthJournal

Breath-Book-coverW2(3)Give Us This Day Our Daily Breath Preview, Reviews and purchase links can be found here:

http://gayeabbott.com/books/

 

Soul Musings/Day 22: The Hidden Language

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Dance is the hidden language of the Soul.” Martha Graham

As I ease into day 22 of Soul Musings the New Moon energy washes over me with new beginnings as it nears 10pm in the dark of night.

I have chosen the quote above from Martha Graham for I have often felt that moving the body in dance most certainly has to be an expression of the Soul.

A language that only you can create moment to moment by deeply listening. Words of motion without resistance.

Simply breathing into each moment and witnessing what the body creates – alone or with others.

You may not embody the energy of “dancer” however I am curious as to what would happen if we meant one day in the park and I started moving to my own inner rhythm.

Would you join me, walk away, or interpret your language into movement?

Allow me to learn your language as your being freely unfolds ….

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Inspiring New Possibilities, Living From the Soul of Life While Co-creating Well Being of Body, Being, Heart and Planet….One Breath At A Time

Soul Musings is a 31-day practice for the month of December immersed in deep listening to what is emerging and unfolding day by day.  Eight sentences with occasional resources to explore more deeply.

Each post, invited by Soul, allows the words to emerge unscathed from prior planning, editing, or censorship.  Dwelling in uncertainty and dipping a toe into mystery this union of words is an attempt to resonate within an innate way of Being…. returning “home”.

To receive daily posts simply sign up for this blog and you will be notified through e-mail.  In addition there will be daily posts on the blogs below.  Thank you for being part of this practice with me!

Gaye Abbotthttp://www.GayeAbbott.com

OTHER BLOGS:

BreathingSpaces

NaturalWealthJournal

Breath-Book-coverW2(3)Give Us This Day Our Daily Breath Preview, Reviews and purchase links can be found here:

http://gayeabbott.com/books/

Soul Musings/Day 21: Dark Confessions

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I stand before you (please visualize) and confess that I love the dark. Not to diss the light now but have you seen dark capitalized like Light is. I actually have been know to do this too.

If there is no good/bad or right/wrong then light is not better than dark.

This Solstice day of the most darkness fills me with pleasure as I wrap myself in it like a cloak of comfort. As Clark Strand says in his New York Times article (link below)

In times past people took to their beds at nightfall, but not merely to sleep. They touched one another, told stories and, with so much night to work with, woke in the middle of it to a darkness so luxurious it teased visions from the mind and divine visitations that helped to guide their course through life. “

When I was in the final stages of writing Give Us This Day Our Daily Breath I unhooked from all electronic devices and simply allowed the creativity and whispers from the Universe to come through without interference.

What would it be like to cultivate the darkness and find out what is living there…

RESOURCE:

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/12/20/opinion/why-we-need-the-winter-solstice.html?_r=0

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Inspiring New Possibilities, Living From the Soul of Life While Co-creating Well Being of Body, Being, Heart and Planet….One Breath At A Time

Soul Musings is a 31-day practice for the month of December immersed in deep listening to what is emerging and unfolding day by day.  Eight sentences with occasional resources to explore more deeply.

Each post, invited by Soul, allows the words to emerge unscathed from prior planning, editing, or censorship.  Dwelling in uncertainty and dipping a toe into mystery this union of words is an attempt to resonate within an innate way of Being…. returning “home”.

To receive daily posts simply sign up for this blog and you will be notified through e-mail.  In addition there will be daily posts on the blogs below.  Thank you for being part of this practice with me!

Gaye Abbotthttp://www.GayeAbbott.com

OTHER BLOGS:

BreathingSpaces

NaturalWealthJournal

Breath-Book-coverW2(3)Give Us This Day Our Daily Breath Preview, Reviews and purchase links can be found here:

http://gayeabbott.com/books/

 

Soul Musings/Day 13: Between The Worlds

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I don’t know about you but this Rumi poem takes me down to the roots of my Being.

Not only because this is my experience as I create movement on the dance floor

But for the passion it embraces of life lived in the in between places

Those places that invite you to play where you have never gone before…..and sometimes embarrass you

The rapture that breaks upon your soul as you wonder if someone will notice the light that leaks out from your crevices

There is no bargaining here for it is beyond that….way beyond

The only path to take

Is surrender…..

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Inspiring New Possibilities, Living From the Soul of Life While Co-creating Well Being of Body, Being, Heart and Planet….One Breath At A Time

Soul Musings is a 31-day practice for the month of December immersed in deep listening to what is emerging and unfolding day by day.  Eight sentences with occasional resources to explore more deeply.

Each post, invited by Soul, allows the words to emerge unscathed from prior planning, editing, or censorship.  Dwelling in uncertainty and dipping a toe into mystery this union of words is an attempt to resonate within an innate way of Being…. returning “home”.

To receive daily posts simply sign up for this blog and you will be notified through e-mail.  In addition there will be daily posts on the blogs below.  Thank you for being part of this practice with me!

Gaye Abbotthttp://www.GayeAbbott.com

OTHER BLOGS:

BreathingSpaces

NaturalWealthJournal

Breath-Book-coverW2(3)Give Us This Day Our Daily Breath Preview, Reviews and purchase links can be found here:

http://gayeabbott.com/books/

Soul Musings/Day 9: Uncertain Territory

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“I am always doing that which I cannot do, in order that I may learn how to do it.” Pablo Picasso

If you have followed these posts for the last 9 days then you may wonder how I am feeling about posting daily on 3 blogs for 31 days. To tell you the truth I almost quit yesterday “thinking” it was just all too much to commit to.

Then I received a post today on creativity with the above quote as part of the content. A space opened up inside that shoved aside that part of me that was ready to “give it up”.

You see “giving up” would have shut down on what was yearning to express through me. The act of allowing this learning to unfold itself clearly provides vast territory for creativity to emerge.

Not knowing what will ask to be expressed from one day to the next is the uncertain journey that life asks of all of us. As Wendell Berry says, “ It may be that when we no longer know what to do we have come to our real work, and that when we no longer know which way to go we have come to our real journey.”

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Inspiring New Possibilities, Living From the Soul of Life While Co-creating Well Being of Body, Being, Heart and Planet….One Breath At A Time

Soul Musings is a 31-day practice for the month of December immersed in deep listening to what is emerging and unfolding day by day.  Eight sentences with occasional resources to explore more deeply.

Each post, invited by Soul, allows the words to emerge unscathed from prior planning, editing, or censorship.  Dwelling in uncertainty and dipping a toe into mystery this union of words is an attempt to resonate within an innate way of Being…. returning “home”.

To receive daily posts simply sign up for this blog and you will be notified through e-mail.  In addition there will be daily posts on the blogs below.  Thank you for being part of this practice with me!

Gaye Abbotthttp://www.GayeAbbott.com

OTHER BLOGS:

BreathingSpaces

NaturalWealthJournal

Breath-Book-coverW2(3)Give Us This Day Our Daily Breath Preview, Reviews and purchase links can be found here:

http://gayeabbott.com/books/

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