PEACE

When you are fully present 

and people around you manifest unconscious behavior, you won’t feel the need to react 

to it, so you don’t give it any reality. Your 

PEACE

is so vast and deep that anything that is not peace disappears into it as if it had never existed. 

This breaks the karmic cycle of action and reaction.

 — Eckhart Tolle

Sayings I’ve found that I really like

Delight in another person is only a reflection of what you have suddenly remembered in yourself. – Rumi

The stereotype of aging as a progressive loss of function is generally true only for people who stop functioning. – the Woman’s Book of Life

Be like the sun for grace and mercy. Be like the night to cover other’s faults. Be like running water for generosity. Be like death for rage and anger. Be like the earth for modesty. Appear as you are. Be as you appear. – Rumi

In absence of clearly defined goals, we become strangely loyal to performing daily trivia, until we ultimately become enslaved by it.  – Robert Heinlein

When it comes to life, we spin our own yarn, and where we end up is really, in fact, where we always intended to be. – Julia Glass, Three Junes

Yogini

Have you ever looked back on your life and wondered, wow, how did I get to this place?
I do it all the time, and more and more as I get older. I just turned 64 and perhaps it is making me even more introspective.

How did I get here, calling myself a yogini and ayurvedic practioner, studying Jyotish astrology and practicing meditation? One step at a time, one breath at a time, one experience at a time, one decision at a time.

The stereotype of aging as a progressive loss of function is generally true only for people who stop functioning. – the Woman’s Book of Life

September musings

I sit here drinking coffee, the morning sun streaming through the window on this beautiful Saturday morning. I am pensive this morning. I read some journal entries from 5 and 6 years ago, which was a time of great personal growth for me, a great time, really. But had this realization that I am a bit stuck right now.

I have a very secure lifestyle. In this strange pandemic time we are in, I have a secure, well-paying job. I have a nice place to live. I have the love of my family, and get to see my grandchildren regularly. I have a wonderful husband, whose job working in another city has made this year even stranger than “just” all the other happenings in the bigger world.

I will be 64 in December. I am at the time of my life when many think of retirement, or have already retired. I don’t want to “retire”. I do want change, though. I am considering taking a travel job assignment, which would take me to new places, new experiences, new people, yet I’d be able to take more time off between assignments.

I am inspired by older people who keep going. In particular, my role models are people in the entertainment industry. “Old” actors who keep acting into their 80’s and 90’s are my new role models. Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin didn’t decide they couldn’t take on new projects just because they were past a certain age, for example.

Time to envision the second half of my life. For now, I look forward to a Saturday afternoon riding bikes with children.