Forever Young on the Journey from Age-ing to Sage-ing
Mindful Moments (Part 3 of 3)
Parts 1 and 2 of our journey covered the importance of being true to ourselves and of leaving no regrets. Part 3 is about creating daily mindful moments. These are the choices that raise our vibration, bring smiles, and let us feel content and joyful. In the movie, The Bucket List, Morgan Freeman tells Jack Nicholson that when he gets to 'heaven' he will be asked two questions, whether he found joy in his life, and if his life brought joy to others. So please reflect on what gives you great joy, peace and contentment. My reflection covers a wide territory, including music, laughter, learning, and shared experiences, such as one last week when I returned some borrowed books, visited for three hours, enjoyed wine, great food and conversation, and received two new recipes!
In my current reading, Peace and Plenty - Finding your Path to Financial Serenity, author Sarah Ban Breathnach suggests that keeping a Gratitude Journal is a polite daily 'thank-you' to the Universe. Meister Eckhart, 13th Century German Philosopher, wrote: If the only prayer you ever say in your entire life is 'thank you', it will be enough. Breathnach moved from 'not having a comma in her chequebook' to becoming a multi-millionaire with her best seller, Simple Abundance, to the realization that the money was all gone.
As the authors of our life story, we don't know when we'll write our last chapter, but let us stay curious, continue to learn something new, and keep turning another page. My research uncovered amazing feats by centenarians who remained young-at-heart, despite serious health challenges. Maybe we have lived our lives a certain way, but perhaps there is a time to release that which no longer serves us. Today a friend shared a meaningful quote: If you want to fly, you have to give up the stuff that weighs you down.
As we are on the threshold of September, a time of 'new beginnings', may you remain true to yourself, release the weight of past regrets, and create beautiful memories with 'mindful moments'. I thank you for sharing my journey, for your supportive feedback, and leave you with words by Irish author and poet, John O'Donohue (1956-2008): "May you experience each day as a sacred gift woven around the heart of wonder." Until next time... Namasté
Rev. Dorothy Blandford, Ph.D
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