October 2006


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About Midlife Journeys

Unmasking Our True Selves in Midlife

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.

Upcoming Community Events:

Midlife Awakening with Marianne Willliamson. Marianne Williamson, a renowned spiritual teacher and best-selling author, is offering a 9 hour workshop entitled
"Midlife Awakening", November 3-4, 2006 in Torrance, CA. For more information: www.ConferenceWorks.com or 866-547-3309.

Spiritual Values and Practice for the Second Half of Life: Perspectives on Making the Later Years Worthwhile--A Day with Huston Smith and Phil Cousineau. UCLA Extension, Saturday, November 18, 10am - 4pm. For more information: www.uclaextension.edu.

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Unmasking Our True Selves in Midlife

"This is what I ache for: intimacy with myself, with others, with the world, intimacy that touches the sacred in all that is life." --Oriah Mountain Dreamer

October is the month we celebrate Halloween. As children, and sometimes even as adults, we don costumes and masks to become, for a night, something other than who we usually are: a monster, a witch, a French maid or a superhero!

As we journey through midlife, we may feel stuck playing roles that no longer feel true to who we now yearn to be. We may feel as if we
're in costume with our social masks carefully in place, but a sense of emptiness pervades our activities.

We may feel restless, bored or lost. We
're seeking something different, but we're not sure what it is.

In becoming identified with our roles as professionals, parents, sons or daughters, spouses/partners or community leaders, we may have lost sight of who we truly are. In taking on the roles desired by our families and culture, we may have left behind precious dreams for our lives.

Midlife affords us the perspective, wisdom and courage to begin to unmask our true self. The urgency we feel as we begin to face our mortality can be a wonderful catalyst for seeking new meaning and purpose in our lives.

Rather than looking for answers outside ourselves, we begin to find treasures and our own truth within. In the words of Thomas Browne,
"Unmasked, all the wonders you seek are within you."

This is an opportunity to move from our culturally- defined
"midlife crisis" to what Marianne Williamson has termed "midlife awakening". A time to give yourself emotional permission to feel fundamental changes in who you are and where you're going. A time to create a life of your own design and find your true passion and purpose.

"It takes courage to grow up and turn out to be who we really are." --e.e. cummings

's never too late to begin.

This month, I invite you to consider: Who do you truly yearn to be? What roles, masks or identities would you like to release? What holds you back from discovering and trusting your true self: the need for other
's acceptance and approval; your need to be seen by others in a desired way?
"By God, when you see your beauty, you'll be the idol of yourself." --Rumi

Many blessings and Happy Halloween!


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