Wisdom


Spring Clean

Spring Clean

With only two weeks to go before the end of spring, there’s still time to do your spring cleaning, that is, if you’re so inclined.
I was raised by a very squeaky-clean type of mother. My sister and I did a lot of the grunt work – basically taking our house apart – scouring, scrubbing, and sluicing it down, until there was a sheen and a shine on everything.
If you know me a little, then you could imagine that this sort of upbringing would make spring cleaning anathema to me. I’ve rebelled against it for years. Until now. […]

Grey Muscle

Grey Muscle

Seems we’re on a roll on the topic of ageing, and so you might want to read this article: It’s from the Sydney Morning Herald 11/11/10 and is entitled “Mastering the Art of 100 Year of Fortitude” – describing the ways that longevity is more than the luck of your genes.
And, if you needed a convincing argument for the statement ageing can be beautiful, here’s one for you:
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De-Brief

De-Brief

Words are so important. What you say and how you say it.
I had three different wordings for the workshop I taught on Sunday.
1) Working with the Older Yoga Student
2) Yoga: A Companion for Life
3) Ageing: A Possibility
I went with the first title because of exigency. I was on a deadline and I hadn’t yet conceived of the second and third titles. […]

On the one hand…

Like you perhaps, I don’t spend a lot of time talking about the topic of aging. Maybe it’s scary, even a downer. Nevertheless I am giving a workshop today on the topic of “Working with the Older Yoga Student”. So, I’ve had to do a lot of thinking about aging.
Also many of my contemporaries’ parents are up there in age. They are needing to go into aged care facilities. Sadly one dear friend’s mother just passed away.
Fact No. 1) Aging, and it’s close companion, death, are a part of life. […]

Sigh

Those of you who have practised yoga with me know I am a sigher. Why hold back? Sometimes yoga is so delicious pleasure begins to burble up from the belly, the kidneys, the heart, and who would want to stifle such an organic impulse. Add voice to it, and, voila, perfection!
I’ve traveled miles on this U.S. trek, now drawing to a close, maybe 450 miles in Arizona alone. Sighs have been too few and far between. […]

Off-line

I am at this time heading to beautiful Lake Shasta to enjoy an idyllic few days on a houseboat.
I will probably be out of range synthesis lake, but the real reason for “off-line” is I’ve lost my iPhone.
Is my yogic equanimity being tested? You bet. […]

Grateful

Grateful

Today, our last full day in Arizona with my family, we drove up to Phoenix for a late lunch/early dinner with Cary, Diana, Isabella, and Christian.
Daniel has been the main driver (right side of the road in America), but I did have a turn at the wheel the other day, after a hiatus of 35 years.
We’ve put maybe 400 miles on the rental car in 4 days, just driving locally in the main. […]

Age

Why don’t people hold age as a complimentary thing?
I’m not naive. There are so many difficulties; every sense is under siege -loss of hearing, vision, even sense of taste.
Gravity is going to have an increasingly deleterious effect on skin, muscles, and organs.
The result of the above is considered decidedly unsexy. If you are relatively unscathed, you are said to be “good for your age”. You are “spry” or you still have all your marbles.
It’s been a long time since anyone challenged my senior status. […]

Let's Talk About Talk

Let's Talk About Talk

W.A.I.T. – anagram for Why Am I Talking? My favorite expression of the year.
I have been in the company of a few non-stop talkers this year. I think I have listened reasonably well, although perhaps not made enough boundaries at times. Politesse is so ingrained.
At the end of a week of good listening and being polite a while back, I found myself complaining to my mate and then dissolving in tears. […]

Family Take Two

Family Take Two

I’m in Annapolis tonight although I haven’t seen this town’s raisin d’être yet: the U S Naval Academy.
That will happen tomorrow.
So far I’ve had good old quality time with my family – nephew Mike, wife Karen and kids Grace and Nick. Also my totally gorgeous nieces Christa and Whiney (plus boyfriends).
Warren, their dad came with his financee Marion. He sold the family home and moved in with Marion; my sister Sue’s been gone twelve years now. […]

The Brain Gym

The Brain Gym

There’s a lot of positive press these days about the effectiveness of doing crossword puzzles and sudukos to help ward off dementia and Alzheimers.
There was the story a while back about a certain order of nuns who achieved longevity and mental acuity greater than that of the general population by dint of practicing daily mental activities.
So now, many of us emulate the Sisters of Perpetual Brain Gymnastics by doing
our quotidian exercises, ever hopeful….
I saw some good evidence when made recent retirement community visits to Sara Weinstein, my mother-in-law, age 91,.
Self-confessed book-a-day reader, veteran of […]

Retirement and Beyond

Crystal balls are not really a necessity. Not at all. To see your future look to the folks in the retirement villages and nursing homes.
Even though fifty is the new forty, sixty is the new fifty, and so on, one day if you live long enough you will get to be an 80, 90, 100 year old. […]