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

Certainly Uncertain

I had kinda decided I was done with this blog. Even made a print book of it, pretty cool.

But I felt a need to write here, for what more uncertain time are we in but now? Covid 19 has changed everything. Remote working for many, stores and restaurants closed except for pick up, many people without paychecks… and no one really knows what will happen next, in spite of the government making moves to “open up the country.”

I feel at loose ends, because I took today off.  I’d really like to go to the beach, get my feet wet, feel the wildness of it. But it is an hour and a half drive, each way, and no guarantee that I could find a beach that is open. So, instead, I have been lounging around in bed with coffee and computer, listening to the birds through the open window.

I am feeling the loneliness of this time. Many people are posting about the trials of working at home and having to care for and/or homeschool their children simultaneously. I know that’s hard, and the thought of it sounds pretty exhausting. But it is also hard to be in long distance relationships, not only with your children and grandchildren, but also with your husband. I’m very thankful for the technology that allows us to see and speak with each other face to face. But it is no substitute for physical presence.

Five weeks ago, I got my hair cut. A week later the hair salons were ordered to close. My husband, 200 miles away, not so fortunate. He is getting pretty shaggy. My coworkers who get their nails done consistently are all au natural. Conversations focus around those type of trials and tribulations. It is the small things that are easier to discuss. Harder to talk about are the people who are dying, and the businesses that will not bounce back.

This year’s high school seniors missed out on prom, and graduation ceremonies are postponed or cancelled. The Class of 2020 will have a different sort of story to tell their children. College students have gone home to study online, and parents are wondering if they will get reimbursed for dorm costs, and some colleges plan to continue with online study only – a wave of the future? Some remote workers will never return to work in an office.

The new normal isn’t just coming, it is here. Some of it will look like the old normal. But this is the beginning of the Age of Aquarius, the ushering in of unity with diversity. The old ways will fall away, they always do, in spite of resistance and the abundance of conspiracy theories. There is often great suffering when great change is happening.

There is a new industry that I expect will be around for a while – Fashion Face Masks. We will see people wearing masks for a very long time. And I, for one, will never shake hands again.