August 2007


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Upcoming Events

About Midlife Journeys

Conscious Aging II

About Midlife Journeys

For many people, midlife is a time of transformation, a time of seeking greater purpose, joy and meaning in the second half of life. Midlife Journeys is a monthly newsletter designed to support you in reconnecting with your authentic self and energizing your life through deep self-nurturing, creative expression and heart-centered living. Each issue contains inspiration and resources to help guide you on your journey to greater aliveness, joy and fulfillment.

Autumn Equinox Celebration: Soulful Surrender, Saturday, September 22, 2007, 6:30 - 9:00pm at Santa Monica Yoga with Carol Sutherland and Mary Donovan.

Fall is a time for gathering and harvesting the fruits of our consciousness, drawing inward to the heart, and like a tree setting its leaves free, learning the great lessons of surrender and release.

Come celebrate the abundant and magnificent expressions of autumn through an inspired blending of yoga, meditation, chanting, movement, inner journeys and sacred ceremony.

Register under Upcoming Events or call Santa Monica Yoga at 310-396- 4040.

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Conscious Aging II

"A woman in harmony with her spirit is like a river flowing. She goes where she will without pretense and arrives at her destination prepared to be herself and only herself." - Maya Angelou

On Sunday, July 22, 2007, my dear friend, Mary Donovan, and I co-facilitated our first Conscious Aging workshop at Santa Monica Yoga. We were incredibly blessed by the amazing group of wise women who showed up and so beautifully shared their stories, their challenges and the opportunities they see in aging consciously and well.

It was both healing and uplifting to come together in such a meaningful way and to realize we're not alone in seeking to approach aging with consciousness, optimism and deepening wisdom.

I wanted to share with you some of the gems I took away from the sharing that day about what "conscious aging" means. I've listed some of the highlights below.

Conscious aging is:

--Being present, releasing past regrets and future worries and enjoying the present to the greatest extent possible.

--Complete acceptance/non-judgment of ourselves and where we are in our lives.

--Not buying into the cultural messages about aging.

--Honoring, listening to, and taking care of our bodies.

--Valuing our wisdom, what we have to offer others.

--Being of service in the world.

--Loving kindness towards ourselves (including what we say to ourselves when we look in the mirror!)

--Feeling and appreciating our inner beauty

--Creating a community of like-hearted women and sharing the healing power of coming together to share our truths.

--Being pioneers, creating a more positive and supportive context for women in midlife and beyond.

--Along with the sadness of our losses, allowing ourselves to acknowledge new found freedoms and opportunities.

--Feeling the preciousness of each moment as we come to terms with our physical mortality.

Thank you to all the women who participated in this first workshop. This is a work in progress and given the response we received, we plan to offer conscious aging workshops with different themes regularly. We also plan to offer some workshops where men and women can come together to explore this topic in a safe, mutually supportive environment.

We hope you'll join us in honoring the beauty, wisdom and possibilities available to all of us in aging consciously and well.

Have a wonderful end of the summer!

Many blessings,

"Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life." -- Mary Oliver

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