Centering Before Waking
We all have visions of our future selves. Will we be strong enough to enjoy life as we grow older? Will we have the energy and the vitality to continue our hobbies or start new ones? Will we be able to travel and spend time with our family?
I recently had the fortune to spend time with my 89 year young client, Lois, and
her natural vibrancy and enthusiasm for life continues to intrigue and enlighten me. Once again, I realized how we can all benefit from the lessons Lois has to offer! Though humble and unaware of the positive energy her life-affirming habits exude, she agreed to share a few more tips with me (and I was able to uncover a few more by just spending time with her…)
1. Rest Daily
“At this point, I don’t have a choice” said Lois. “If I only understood the benefits of slowing down once or twice a day. I usually watch the 5 o-clock news and take a short nap before dinner. This resets me, so I can be present and fully enjoy my dinner.” Whether eating alone or with family, Lois believes in truly enjoying meal times. “It’s one of the simplest pleasures we are offered.”
2. Bone Broth
“I make my own bone broth every other week” she explained. “I’ve been doing this for years. I add vegetables or spinach and sometimes I make chicken soup.”
The benefits of bone broth has been covered in the news recently, including: stimulation of Collagen, stronger bones, better digestion, and more youthful hair, nails and skin.
3. Counting Steps
The other day while I was training Lois, she had left her glasses upstairs and as she left to get them, I said “be careful on those steps.”
To my surprise, she took a step and began to count each steps! “Wow!” I said to myself, what a great way to be present and not risk tripping. She counted them on her way up then again on her way down. It was almost like she was singing a mindful mantra.
4. Centering Before Getting Out of Bed
When I asked Lois how she feels when she wakes up, she said “a little achy” (that’s to be expected when your age gets up in numbers). She used to just get up and start moving, but “that didn’t feel right” she said. Now, she stays in bed for a few minutes to become mindful of the new day and to stretch and rotate her ankles and wrists. Then she feels centered and gets out of bed with better awareness and ease.
When Lois’s husband passed away recently, she was concerned things might change. But having built her own community over the years by getting involved in what interests her, like the gardening club and having close family nearby, has helped her feel connected and gives her the energy to enjoy ,hobbies, family, and other life blessings. “I’ve always had outside interests” explained Lois, “they balanced my family and home life.” She continues to connect with her friends, hobby groups and family. Even though the void of losing her husband is there, she still enjoys her days and is living a fulfilled life.
Yet more evidence that having a balance of interests and surrounding yourself with friends and loved ones helps us feel connected and more alive.
“And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.”