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What I Wouldn’t Give….

“What I wouldn’t give for 5 more minutes on the dance floor, while my legs were still strong enough to carry me”

There was a video posted here (and where the quote came from) that was a strong declaration, via older women’s wisdom, about the importance of “being” versus “doing”.   Within a short period of time the video was not to be found anywhere and was not accessible.  Perhaps it is my lack of competency in the technology of internet, but for whatever reason it is a loss not to have it posted here.

Instead, the quote above speaks for itself in a multitude of domains in our lives no matter what age we are.  Not simply about “dancing” but how we live our lives.

This past week I experienced the death of a much older brother.  Within the space that was created by his transition I realized once again that it is not death that is our “enemy”, but instead not fully living in the moments we are given and blessed with.  By far the more serious potential regret.

Living life as fully expressed women as if every moment was your last  – being open and present to what is unfolding without any “hold backs” – is by far the wiser choice for a testament to the fullness of your Being this time around….

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Gaye Abbott, RYT

http://www.GayeAbbott.com

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Gaye in Bali, Indonesia/Global Healing Conference

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SERVICES OFFERED:

Coaching and Editing for Transformative and Visionary Writers

I help you reveal new possibilities in your creative work

Language is fundamental to who we are as biological beings and is the primary vehicle for taking action that produces effective results. It inherently carries within it our identity in the world and the potential for connection and collaboration.

As an advanced practitioner of Jin Shin Jyutsu I am able to see and work with the connection between the body’s energy system and that of language. Conversations actually live in our bodies. Words hold energy that stimulate our biology in various ways.

Transformative writing opens spaces, triggers possibility and stimulates your reader to take effective action.

This is Language as Energy Medicine.

Read More Here

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Jin Shin Jyutsu

Jin Shin Jyutsu is an ancient Art rather than a technique. An Art is a skilled, limitless creation whereas a technique is a mechanical application.

A session of Jin Shin can potentially harmonize, redirect, unblock and recharge the energy flows along the pathways of the body. Read More Here

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Yoga Therapy

Yoga therapy intimately works from the inside out to assist you in discovering areas in body, mind, emotions, spirit that may be contracting the essence of your full potential in life.

A simple peeling away of layers to bring to light and life the beautiful structure of your unique being. Read More Here

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OTHER BLOGS BY GAYE ABBOTT:
www.BreathingSpaces.net

Give Us This Day Our Daily Breath Preview, Reviews and purchase links can be found here:

http://gayeabbott.com/books/

TODAY I RISE!

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The first time I viewed this video I was most certainly taken by the beauty of the images and the prose.  Even captivated by the woman’s voice that held the hint of being from some “exotic” place.

But what took me down into the deeper reaches of my soul as a woman was something that remained a little more challenging to articulate.  Tears welled up every time I watched this and the “why?” somewhat escaped coming to form in language for awhile.

But then I felt it in my cells….an emergence of the feminine – in myself and all women across the globe – in a way and form that this sacred planet we live upon is ever whispering to each and every one of us no matter where we live or what situation and circumstances we find ourselves in.

Rising up….EMERGING….as interconnected feminine power, creativity, wisdom, and courageousness within each of our unique structures of being.

And what made me weep was the knowing that we are not alone in this rising up.  We never have to be alone as we mine the depths of who we are – our calling and purpose, our vision and creative outpourings – and through that congruent alignment automatically create a space for other women (and men) to move towards us and touch in for awhile….or a lifetime.  To collaborate, inspire, hold and vision…..united in taking effective action from a space of Being.

I invite you to watch this video daily for 21 days and embody it’s message.  Listen deeply to what is wanting to emerge from within…..and take a step directly into the heart of it and then out into your life and the world!

Resource for Video:  http://www.wiseatheart.com

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Gaye Abbott, RYT

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NATURAL PASSAGES CONSULTING

SERVICES OFFERED:

Coaching and Editing for Transformative and Visionary Writers

I help you reveal new possibilities in your creative work

Language is fundamental to who we are as biological beings and is the primary vehicle for taking action that produces effective results.   It inherently carries within it our identity in the world and the potential for connection and collaboration.

As an advanced practitioner of Jin Shin Jyutsu I am able to see and work with the connection between the body’s energy system and that of language. Conversations actually live in our bodies. Words hold energy that stimulate our biology in various ways.

Transformative writing opens spaces, triggers possibility and stimulates your reader to take effective action.

This is Language as Energy Medicine.

Read More Here

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Jin Shin Jyutsu

Jin Shin Jyutsu is an ancient Art rather than a technique.  An Art is a skilled, limitless creation whereas a technique is a mechanical application.

A session of Jin Shin can potentially harmonize, redirect, unblock and recharge the energy flows along the pathways of the body. Read More Here

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Yoga Therapy

Yoga therapy intimately works from the inside out to assist you in discovering areas in body, mind, emotions, spirit that may be contracting the essence  of your full potential in life.

A simple peeling away of layers to bring to light and life the beautiful structure of your unique being. Read More Here

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OTHER BLOGS BY GAYE ABBOTT:
www.BreathingSpaces.net

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

http://gayeabbott.com/books/

Keep The Channel Open

 

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Miki Orihara in Martha Graham’s Embattled Garden

 

“There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all of time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and it will be lost. The world will not have it. It is not your business to determine how good it is nor how valuable nor how it compares with other expressions. It is your business to keep it yours clearly and directly, to keep the channel open. You do not even have to believe in yourself or your work. You have to keep yourself open and aware to the urges that motivate you. Keep the channel open.”
Martha Graham

My hand lifts to receive the pressure and direction of another’s hand. Waiting, perhaps only micro seconds, until the sensation in my body informs me of what movement is next, what action will unfold me towards the next stage of this journey.

There is no thinking here, simply deep listening and following the rhythm of the music, my partners energy, and sensations direction – unfolding effortlessly in tune with the operation of life now.

Is there language here? Yes. The conversations of my body. Absolutely trusting this language of biology to lead me into the next action, the next subtle or active movement.

A sensation triggers a thought which translates into motion all in a fraction of time so fast that it seems like nothing and eternity all rolled into one. Timeless.

Freedom through surrender to the flow of life. Our lives. Our expression.

This experience is one I have often on the ecstatic dance/contact improv dance floor. More often it is an experience I am having in everyday life – in relationships, livelihood/calling, collaborations, finances…..all the domains of life.

Certainly there are many places where blockage/resistance appears, yet the declaration to stay embodied, and operate from that space, supports return to a fluid passage through even the rough spots.

Having just finished a very powerful journey through the landscapes of nature in Tree Sister’s sponsored 6-week teleclass with Mary Reynolds Thompson, author of Reclaiming Your Wild Soul, I have been reminded of how precious and unique each woman’s uncensored expression is to the world…and to herself.

Unique as there is no other like it.

Precious because the world requires the gifts we have been uniquely structured to bring this lifetime.

And if we withhold, this wild untamed expression that can only be channeled through each one of us….will indeed be lost forever.

I for one have often held back and hid behind cultures background conversations that women were not supposed to show up in their “naked” expression. To even be “ashamed” of it….or worse lose their life for it.

Perhaps there were ancient lifetimes that laid down cellular memory with the innate danger of speaking out, moving to the rhythm of creative expression, or even standing tall or taking action on what is most important to us.

But now, now we are called to be midwives to the shift and transformation that is shaking this Earth we call home. Midwives to saying yes to opening the doors, windows – bodies and voices of our heart and soul.

11828629_10207381262549008_131282233859083123_nA time to crack open the cages we have placed ourselves in. To remove the bars to our self-imposed prisons. To collaborate, connect with and support other women in doing the same.

What we do with this most precious of expressions is up to us. How we shall bring it, or not, is a choice that each of us must sit with before taking action.

In that moment of reckoning when the soft dark cave of invisibility draws you ever deeper – listen to the sensations that are embodied in that moment and follow the energy that is calling you forth.

Leading with fear of dismemberment…..or choosing nourishment

for the soul’s calling?

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Gaye Abbott, RYT

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NATURAL PASSAGES CONSULTING

SERVICES OFFERED:

Coaching and Editing for Transformative and Visionary Writers

I help you reveal new possibilities in your creative work

Language is fundamental to who we are as biological beings and is the primary vehicle for taking action that produces effective results.   It inherently carries within it our identity in the world and the potential for connection and collaboration.

As an advanced practitioner of Jin Shin Jyutsu I am able to see and work with the connection between the body’s energy system and that of language. Conversations actually live in our bodies. Words hold energy that stimulate our biology in various ways.

Transformative writing opens spaces, triggers possibility and stimulates your reader to take effective action.

This is Language as Energy Medicine.

Read More Here

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Jin Shin Jyutsu

Jin Shin Jyutsu is an ancient Art rather than a technique.  An Art is a skilled, limitless creation whereas a technique is a mechanical application.

A session of Jin Shin can potentially harmonize, redirect, unblock and recharge the energy flows along the pathways of the body. Read More Here

**********

Yoga Therapy

Yoga therapy intimately works from the inside out to assist you in discovering areas in body, mind, emotions, spirit that may be contracting the essence  of your full potential in life.

A simple peeling away of layers to bring to light and life the beautiful structure of your unique being. Read More Here

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OTHER BLOGS BY GAYE ABBOTT:
www.BreathingSpaces.net

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

http://gayeabbott.com/books/

Wild Soul Woman

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A Wild Soul Woman is rooted, powerful, authentic,
instinctual, and awake.
She feels her oneness with the Earth and the strength,
sensuality, and creativity this kindles in her…
~Mary Reynolds Thompson

I have always, since a small child, resonated with the natural world around me.  It simply felt an extension of myself, deeply connected to the Source of my being.  This sacred connection has continued on into adulthood.  I expect that it will always be there right up to that last embodied transition into death.

Returning  back into the Earth,  encouraging other life into creation.

Without this connection nothing makes sense!

This is why I was thrilled to recently read Reclaiming The Wild Soul by Mary Reynolds Thompson.  The content of this book gathers it’s impact from a very large contextual space.  A space returning us to nature’s landscapes that hold, nourish and inform us of who we are in every moment of our lives, and intimately connect us to the elements that we are made from.

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An Invitation to Return Home

download-phpReclaiming the Wild Soul: How Earth’s Landscapes Restore Us To Wholeness by Mary Reynolds Thompson

Delving into the wildness of this poetic prose of a book brought me “home”. Home to the elements that make up the “wild being” of who and what I am. The elements of Earth’s scared natural world, calling out to us so powerfully at this time in our planet’s history to come back “home” to the inner landscapes of our wild souls – reconnecting and communing in ways that shift the delicate balance back from the ego’s domestication, taming and destructive actions – into a natural state of cohabiting harmony in intimate and deep listening relationship with the Earth.

I could not stop reading this exquisitely powerful book, and am now on my second read through, stopping to ponder and inhabit the landscapes and the words that flow through me onto the journal page. At times I was reminded of John O’Donohue’s writing that draws us in to a much larger context from a place of simply Being. It is not just a “healing” that needs to happen here, but a complete return to absolute devotion to the wild landscapes and elements that bring us life with every breath we take. Mary Reynolds Thompson has brilliantly succeeded in opening that space for us to explore within and without, guiding us to take effective and conscious action from the wildness of all life – from the depths of our souls.

Gaye Abbott- Author of Give Us This Day Our Daily Breath, Weekly Breathing Spaces to Delight, Rest and Reflect In.

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A few days ago Mary Reynolds Thompson blessed  many globally with her presence on an introductory conference call sponsored by Tree Sisters.  You can listen to this same call by clicking HERE and also learn about a 6-week on-line course entitled A Wild Soul Woman: A Journey Into Your Untamed Self .

Are you a Wild Soul Woman?

Are you ready to embody and express from your wild soul—the part of you that knows you are one with rivers, forests, and mountains? Are you ready to break free of the fears and cages that hold you back? Are you longing to experience yourself and Earth as the powerful, embodied Feminine? If yes – then this course is an invitation your wild soul has been waiting for.

Join me and 100’s of women globally by registering soon. Starting on July 7th!  I will hear you there….. READ MORE HERE

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Gaye Abbott, RYT

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NATURAL PASSAGES CONSULTING

SERVICES OFFERED:

Coaching and Editing for Transformative and Visionary Writers

I help you reveal new possibilities in your creative work

Language is fundamental to who we are as biological beings and is the primary vehicle for taking action that produces effective results.   It inherently carries within it our identity in the world and the potential for connection and collaboration.

As an advanced practitioner of Jin Shin Jyutsu I am able to see and work with the connection between the body’s energy system and that of language. Conversations actually live in our bodies. Words hold energy that stimulate our biology in various ways.

Transformative writing opens spaces, triggers possibility and stimulates your reader to take effective action.

This is Language as Energy Medicine.

Read More Here

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Jin Shin Jyutsu

Jin Shin Jyutsu is an ancient Art rather than a technique.  An Art is a skilled, limitless creation whereas a technique is a mechanical application.

A session of Jin Shin can potentially harmonize, redirect, unblock and recharge the energy flows along the pathways of the body. Read More Here

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Yoga Therapy

Yoga therapy intimately works from the inside out to assist you in discovering areas in body, mind, emotions, spirit that may be contracting the essence  of your full potential in life.

A simple peeling away of layers to bring to light and life the beautiful structure of your unique being. Read More Here

__________________________________

OTHER BLOGS BY GAYE ABBOTT:
www.BreathingSpaces.net

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

http://gayeabbott.com/books/

A Courtesan to Life

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Every day I see or hear something that more or less kills me with delight,

that leaves me like a needle in the haystack of Light.

It was what I was born for – to look, listen, to lose myself inside this soft world – to instruct myself over and over in joy, and acclamation.

Nor am I talking about the exceptional, the fearful, the dreadful, the very extravagant – but of the ordinary, the common, the very drab, the daily presentations.

Oh, good scholar, I tell myself, how can you help but grow wise with such teachings as these – the untrimmable light of the world, the ocean’s shine, the prayers that are made out of grass?

– Mary Oliver –

In this very moment, unwinding breath through the undulation of an arm, soft round curve of hip and breast, the texture of ground beneath bare feet. Slippery, pulsating, flowing, throbbing – each note of music guides, leads, and then drops back behind, in front, within and to the side of the dancer and the danced – as if the story being told, the breath being breathed, is the universal connection to each other…… to God.

How is it that we as women leave our soft, sensual animal bodies behind on the shelf when we step into our days?

Will we, at the moment of our death, feel the panic that we haven’t given ourselves permission to explore and intimately embody what it feels like to walk as a courtesan to life?

This morning, after six months of being away, I joined the ecstatic dance community to celebrate the freedom and joy of movement unrestrained by any rules, regulations, or techniques.

10388629_10152709841292621_3451855566439017315_nThe simple request is to remove shoes, stepping with untamed presence onto the dance floor – the agreement with ourselves and each other to explore this soft, sensual, alive animal body that we have been given. To find the joy in simply unfolding what presents next, partnered with deep listening and possibility.

How linear our lives, our thoughts, our conversations can be if we forget to breathe and explore into the space of sensual and earthy curves and valleys in belly, pelvis, back and thigh. Opening our eyes, faces, and hearts to each other to be recognized as our soul’s calling.

Claiming a willingness to “get lost” and voice pleasure within day to day tasks – moving in circles and spirals, leaving behind the linear patterns that are almost never what is asking to unfold – and embracing the sacred geometry of life as it really is…….

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Gaye Abbott, RYTHappy Birthday Gaye 2

NATURAL PASSAGES CONSULTING

SERVICES OFFERED:

Coaching and Editing for Transformative and Visionary Writers

I help you reveal new possibilities in your creative work

Language is fundamental to who we are as biological beings and is the primary vehicle for taking action that produces effective results.   It inherently carries within it our identity in the world and the potential for connection and collaboration.

As an advanced practitioner of Jin Shin Jyutsu I am able to see and work with the connection between the body’s energy system and that of language. Conversations actually live in our bodies. Words hold energy that stimulate our biology in various ways.

Transformative writing opens spaces, triggers possibility and stimulates your reader to take effective action.

This is Language as Energy Medicine.

Read More Here

**********

Jin Shin Jyutsu

Jin Shin Jyutsu is an ancient Art rather than a technique.  An Art is a skilled, limitless creation whereas a technique is a mechanical application.

A session of Jin Shin can potentially harmonize, redirect, unblock and recharge the energy flows along the pathways of the body. Read More Here

**********

Yoga Therapy

Yoga therapy intimately works from the inside out to assist you in discovering areas in body, mind, emotions, spirit that may be contracting the essence  of your full potential in life.

A simple peeling away of layers to bring to light and life the beautiful structure of your unique being. Read More Here

__________________________________

OTHER BLOGS BY GAYE ABBOTT:
www.BreathingSpaces.net

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

http://gayeabbott.com/books/

CAPTURED

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Gazing out through the window that opens onto the world of Spring becoming. A wind chime moves gently in the warm breeze inviting…..beckoning….all that are inside to come breathe the air vibrating with life.

A small luminescent green creature crawls its way across the top of a fence, pausing in a moment in time to stretch it’s head up into a space of air. In another moment it is gone, out of sight, racing to who knows where.

I cannot write any longer. The ecstatic movement of luscious life pulls me to join in the free serpentine movement that unlocks spine, frees undulating hips, and insists that arms rise up captured by the heart of senses.

Sensual movement of life moving through the Soul of Being.

Where are we as we sit in traffic on the endless roads of man made surfaces, gazing out of a tinted window that brings us an encapsulated framework of sameness. Where are the senses here?

The breath locked within the ribcage prison of our own doing.

Breaking free of the illusional walls that have locked us into a life that is not of our calling. Allowing the emergence of a vibrant breath to capture us within the possibilities that hide….

until we say yes,

to taking one more conscious step towards Home.

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Spring has taken me, as you can feel through the journey above. Every sense begs to be opened this time of year.  An invitation is extended to each of you, my community of Wildly Free Woman blog readers, to take the leap forward, just as we do with extending the light.

What is it that calls us so deeply? Arising from deep inner recesses.  Sourced from a space that nourishes the creative and limitless Being that is housed beneath our skin.

Come and explore with me…..

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http://www.GayeAbbott.com

SERVICES OFFERED:

Coaching and Editing for Transformative and Visionary Writers

I help you reveal new possibilities in your creative work

Language is fundamental to who we are as biological beings and is the primary vehicle for taking action that produces effective results.   It inherently carries within it our identity in the world and the potential for connection and collaboration.

As an advanced practitioner of Jin Shin Jyutsu I am able to see and work with the connection between the body’s energy system and that of language. Conversations actually live in our bodies. Words hold energy that stimulate our biology in various ways.

Transformative writing opens spaces, triggers possibility and stimulates your reader to take effective action.

This is Language as Energy Medicine.

Read More Here

**********

Jin Shin Jyutsu

Jin Shin Jyutsu is an ancient Art rather than a technique.  An Art is a skilled, limitless creation whereas a technique is a mechanical application.

A session of Jin Shin can potentially harmonize, redirect, unblock and recharge the energy flows along the pathways of the body. Read More Here

**********

Yoga Therapy

Yoga therapy intimately works from the inside out to assist you in discovering areas in body, mind, emotions, spirit that may be contracting the essence  of your full potential in life.

A simple peeling away of layers to bring to light and life the beautiful structure of your unique being. Read More Here

 

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OTHER BLOGS BY GAYE ABBOTT:
www.BreathingSpaces.net

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

http://gayeabbott.com/books/

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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