June 2007


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Upcoming Events

About Midlife Journeys

Conscious Aging

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.



Summer Solstice: Purifying the Light Within
Saturday, June 23, 2007, 6:30-9:00pm at Santa Monica Yoga. Facilitated by Mary Donovan.

Join us for a yogini adventure designed to purify heart and soul and to celebrate our entry into summertime.

Sacred alignment with the earth and its circle of seasonal diversity is a potent, conscious opportunity to pause, unify and deepen. Utilizing a creative blend of yoga, meditation, chanting, sacred movement and solstice ceremony, join us as we gather to honor the summer fires of transformation and their particular significance for you in your circle of life. Bring an instrument or drum to play, if you like. All levels welcome. Register under Upcoming Events or call Santa Monica Yoga at 310-396-4040.


Conscious Aging, Sunday, July 22, 2007, 1-3:30pm at Santa Monica Yoga. Facilitated by Carol Sutherland and Mary Donovan.

What would it be like to experience midlife not as a crisis but as a time of awakening to who we really are, a time to live more consciously, authentically and creatively? Explore the possibilities in this experiential workshop.

Through meditation, movement, music, and writing exercises we'll share our stories, our challenges and our wisdom and dare to go where few women have gone before! Create the second half of your life as the best yet to come! Dress comfortably, bring writing materials, and if you'd like, a percussion instrument. Register under Upcoming Events or call Santa Monica Yoga at 310-396- 4040.

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Conscious Aging

"Maturity includes the recognition that no one is going to see anything in us that we don't see in ourselves. Stop waiting for a producer. Produce yourself." - Marianne Williamson

As with other developmental stages in our lives (infancy, toddler hood, adolescence, young adulthood), midlife is a time of continuing development and growth. In fact, it holds the possibility of perhaps our greatest transformation since adolescence.

In midlife, we have a choice as to how we want to co- create the second half of our lives. Will this be a time of decline, despair and disease or a time of celebration, creative engagement, giving back, and continued learning? As Marianne Williamson puts it, "We can either make the second half of our lives a dance with death or a dance with life. I choose a life dance."

Paula P. Hardin, EdD, MPH, an adult development researcher, offers us a picture of what positive aging looks like*. She conducted a national survey of 567 people ages 40 to 75 and drew findings from other studies to identify the traits that generally describe those people who are aging consciously and well. She found that such people usually:

Have evolved a generous view of others and of the world. This includes maintaining a forgiving stance toward human faults and inadequacies in themselves and others.

Have a giving attitude toward themselves and others. They give more financially than most people.

Have formed a caring and positive relationship to nature.

Are still in the process of personal integration and self-understanding.

Have undergone a pivotal event such as a divorce or death of a spouse, job loss, health problem, move to a new place, etc, that led to a transition or a re-birth experience. They used that event as an opportunity to grow and expand rather than as an excuse to withdraw and blame.

Have simplified their lives, and have taken time to reflect and to gain the insights needed to clear away clutter and confusion. They have learned to set limits.

Have the courage to change both themselves and conditions around them.

Describe themselves as spiritual. They trust God or some higher power and/or they trust the life process itself.

Are sought out by others for counsel, wisdom, perspective, and creative insight.

Are committed to continued learning and spend considerable time learning on their own or go to a variety of workshops and classes.

Are clearly engaged in caring behaviors towards themselves and others.

Are people of hope. They take their dreams seriously, and their lives demonstrate that some dreams do come true.

Do you see yourself in these traits? If so, congratulate yourself for aging gracefully and well! If not, how can you choose differently to live your Wisdom Years in a more conscious, creative, meaningful and fulfilling way?

"We must be willing to get rid of the life we had planned, so as to have the life that is waiting." - Joseph Campbell

Happy Summer and Many Blessings!

*Paula Hardin, Choosing to Age Well, New Realities, Jan/Feb, 1991.

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Womens Sacred Journeys Workshops

Summer Solstice Celebration
Sat., June 23, 2007 6:30-9:00pm

Conscious Aging

Sunday, July 22, 2007

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