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February 26, 2011 By: admin Category: Daily Wisdom

It is better to conquer yourself
Than to win a thousand battles.
Then the victory is yours.
It cannot be taken from you,
Not by angels or by demons,
Heaven or hell.

Buddha
Dhammapada.


Droopy Eyelids Anyone?

February 22, 2011 By: celedra Category: Aging With Grace and Glory, Mind Body Spirit

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I am enthralled with aging. I wonder if this is the first time in history that women stand around at a party and so enthusiastically talk about the agony and ecstasy of it all. This actually just happened last Saturday night at a party with about seven of us all in a highly animated circle – each one gingerly pinching our sagging eyelids to see who wins “most eligible for insurance coverage due to impairment of eyesight”. We laughed hysterically. It’s not unlike that great moment with Meryl Streep in What’s Complicated when she exposes her one droopy eyelid!

I don’t remember my mother or her friends ever talking about aging. It was just the natural course of events. No one spoke about longevity, corrective surgery, raw food, HGH injections or what it would be like to live until 100. Nature seemed to simply take its course.

There is a natural evolution to life that we humans seem to keep wanting to mess with, as though we have some all-knowing wisdom only to often end up paying a big price for our meddling. For me, there seems to be a correlation between the more wrinkles I have and the more authentic I feel. And more womanly. There is undoubtedly something deep inside that is calling to be heard, that has a new voice.  Perhaps too, there is a new way to listen.


Daily Wisdom

February 16, 2011 By: admin Category: Daily Wisdom

You’ve no idea how hard I’ve looked for a gift to bring You.
Nothing seemed right. What’s the point of bringing gold
to the gold mine, or water to the Ocean. Everything I came
up with was like taking spices to the Orient. It’s no good
giving my heart and my soul because you already have these.
So- I’ve brought you a mirror. Look at yourself and
remember me.

Jalaluddin Rumi

Sacred Living, Sacred Body

February 15, 2011 By: Mary Lane Category: Aging With Grace and Glory, Feminine Wisdom, Mind Body Spirit

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I did not honor the agility, unlimited energy and vibrancy of your youth until it was gone. I did not honor your beauty, sensuality and sexual aliveness of your maiden years until it was gone. I spent years in non appreciation of you, tried to fix you through artificial means, thinking it was your fault I didn’t love myself. Spent the following several years in self hatred for betraying you. Spent the next several years trying to rectify my past relationship with you through the food I have fed you, hoping in some small way this was enough. I feel your appreciation for this level of care as I approach the auspicious passage of my 60th birthday. You have overcome all my ignorance’s and continue to give me the ability to wake up every morning pain free with enough energy to do my hiking, gardening, dancing, living. However, am I truly honoring you enough?

You have selflessly walked with me through every step of my journey in this life, even though I have taken you for granted. Your resilience that has enabled me to come to this 60th year is no longer lost on me. I have traveled enough miles now to gain enough wisdom to know that the day will come when I have to say goodbye to you, my dearest friend that has stood by me no matter what. Without you I could not take this sacred journey, experience the many twists and turns, pleasures and pains that has allowed me to grow and evolve as a soul. Without you I could not experience myself as an expression of the Divine.

I honor my role as steward of your health knowing that every morsel of nourishment I offer you comes from our Beloved Divine Mother. You are made of her, you carry her wisdom, and you obviously carry her compassion. I will honor each breath you take knowing it has been given as a gift from spirit, so that I may know myself.

Instead of waiting until I have moved onto the next phase of my journey that does not include you I am choosing on this day, and every day to give you thanks and treat you as the Divine gift you are in every way. I will listen to your wisdom, honor your intelligence, offer you rest and care as you carry me to your last breath. And, I will celebrate you and never ever consider you “less than” because our time together is temporary. Instead I will cherish every moment we have together, “because,” our time together is temporary.

Your grateful best friend

Mary

Mary Lane is author of Divine Nourishment: A Woman’s Sacred Journey with Food. Find out more at www.divinenourishment.net.


Daily Wisdom

February 13, 2011 By: admin Category: Daily Wisdom

People usually consider walking on water or in thin air a miracle. But I think the real miracle is not to walk either on water or in thin air,but to walk on earth. Every day we are engaged in a miracle which we don’t even recognize: a blue sky, white clouds, green leaves, the black, curious eyes of a child — our own two eyes. All is a miracle.

Thich Nhat Hanh


Daily Wisdom

February 11, 2011 By: admin Category: Daily Wisdom

There is no fire like passion
No crime like hatred,
No sorrow like separation,
No sickness like hunger,
And no joy like the joy of freedom.
Buddha


What price to wear a mask of youth?

January 28, 2011 By: celedra Category: Aging With Grace and Glory

Mask of Youth

Years ago I wrote my dissertation on “Grandparenting as a Path of Consciousness”.  I was 50 something. Today, I would write it on “Aging as a Path of Consciousness”.    I’m not sure yet what  “aging as a path of consciousness” means exactly, but I am on a journey to find out.

So, I am asking women.  What often comes up when we talk about aging is “do we or don’t we get  some kind of aesthetic enhancement?”.   Are we “conscious” if we don’t and “unconscious” if we do? Certainly we are faced with decisions that didn’t exist for our grandmothers – I almost said ‘superficial’ decisions.   Read more »


Daily Wisdom

January 24, 2011 By: celedra Category: Daily Wisdom

Smiling is very important. If we are not able to smile, then the world will not have peace. It is not by going out for a demonstration against nuclear missiles that we can bring about peace.It is with our capacity of smiling, breathing, and being peace that we can make peace.

Thich Nhat Hanh


Daily Wisdom

January 18, 2011 By: admin Category: Daily Wisdom

Your task is not to seek for love,
but merely to seek and find
all the barriers within yourself
that you have built against it.

Jalal ad-Din Muhammad Rumi


Daily Wisdom

January 16, 2011 By: admin Category: Daily Wisdom

All the Buddhas of all the ages have been telling you a very simple fact: Be – don’t try to become. Within these two words, be and becoming, your whole life is contained. Being is enlightenment, becoming is ignorance.

OSHO




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