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A Year of Mindfulness: Signs of Aging

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Okay, so I’m here I am feeling a bit old just thinking about writing this week’s mindfulness post. Achy hands, achy back. Is that a new gray hair on my head?

I’ve read through this chapter in Dr. Bays’ book a couple of times. Once again it seems to dovetail with last week’s practice on appreciation. While we complain about how old we feel or look, we must also appreciate how we feel or look right now. For being mindful about the signs of aging teaches us about impermanence. So we need to appreciate how our bodies are holding up in this moment because in a week, a month, or a year, something will change.

It is curious how we marvel at the life process, the aging process of a plant. Think about how exciting it is to plant seeds in the garden. To witness the tender shoots as they push through the dirt, burst forth in the sun, and blossom into flowers or fruit or vegetables.

Then, in the fall, we handily pull out the old, dead growth, thank the plant for what it gave us, and put the garden to bed for the winter.

We accept that life cycle.

But when it comes to our own aging process, egads, don’t go there. We miss our days of youth; the smooth skin, the full head of hair, the limbs that moved freely without creaking. And then we get all bummed out. We bring about our own suffering.

This week, consider how you’ve aged. Recall that wrinkles were once considered signs of wisdom, that gray hair was a sign of distinction. Consider how your life is reflected in your aging. The good times and not so good. Appreciate all your body has given you and what it still has left to share.

This week, be mindful of the signs of aging.

Reflection: Resting in this moment, we have no age. -Unknown

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2 thoughts on “A Year of Mindfulness: Signs of Aging

  1. Talk about appropriate topic. I have been struggling with extremely sore hands and wrists from sculpting. So, I am at a point of needing to make a choice about my future art endeavors. Creating art dolls or any sculpted or stuffed thing may be few and far between and I will need to switch to a different mode of expression. A lot to consider for me in this waning year.

    • Hi Cody, how nice of you to stop by. I completely understand your situation-hand & wrist pain from sculpting. I also have wrist pain from too much sculpting or typing on the keyboard. If I pace myself and take breaks it helps. Taking a full day off and working on something else also helps. But, like you, there are times when I wonder if the discomfort will become too great and I’ll have to switch creative modalities. Ah, aging.

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