Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Mindful Aging Class

My intention for this class is to create a safe place that encourages self-reflection and sharing within a small group. We will explore the research pointing to a new way for aging. There will be suggested readings and exercises. I will present several Mindfulness practices so you can find the ones that work best for you. We will be replacing conventional beliefs about retirement and aging with a new way of seeing aging as a time of possibilities. The class could be used as a handbook for training elder warriors as wisdom keepers.  

 I use the term elder warrior to bring images of courage, personal power, confidence, accomplishments, integrity, honor and wisdom. I see an elder warrior as someone whose mission includes self-discovery, empowerment and gathering wisdom. Unlike a soldier who is trained to follow orders and ignore his own inner wisdom; a warrior is independent. She takes responsibility for her choices and actions. A warrior has compassion and has embodied her own suffering giving her the ability to tend to other’s suffering. As elder warriors we become defenders and protectors for what we love and cherish.

We live in a culture that values youth and marginalizes age and while it is easy to fall into the roles defined by our culture, the elder warrior knows believing in the stereotypes will leave her feeling hopeless and powerless about growing old. Let's have a new vision for aging. A vision of being more alive living today with awakening senses, deep passion, and brave self-awareness. Many say there is an emerging paradigm with a shift to higher consciousness and a new way of existing on our planet. I believe it is an exciting time to be an elder, leading the way to a world that is kinder and works for all living creatures.  

This class will explore ways to enjoy the present moment without concern about the past or the future. There will be suggested readings and exercises along with Mindfulness practices. We will ditch conventional beliefs about retirement as a time to settle down. I intend to share the magical and miraculous warrior energy of possibilities; and to help you answer Mary Oliver’s question: Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?”

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