Letter from Publisher
Growing Old Together
“Successful aging requires refilling our funnel of friends,” says Thomas, who considers socially engaged elders with friends wealthier than a socially isolated millionaire.”
This quote from our national article "Aging with Passion and Purpose" was in direct alignment with how I’m feeling. We can be so busy “doing” instead of “being”. But staying constantly busy doing doesn’t keep the brain bucket full. As I write this, I am winding down on my eight-week mindfulness class. This experience, along with reading the above-mentioned article on aging, really reinforced the importance of meditation as we grow older. While I don’t have aging parents, I’m witnessing many of my friends becoming caretakers, and share both their joy and grievances from having elderly parents. It recently hit me, more than it ever has, just how important my friends really are in my life. We’re all growing old together and I am thankful that so many of them have decided to share this wild and crazy journey of life with me. How we care for one another and our environment is crucial to our own well-being as it is Mother Earth. After all, the elderly are the wisdom warriors of our earth at this very moment. Coming together can be such a heart-warming, positive event. Take, for instance, the recent eclipse. I appreciated not only the amazing astrological part of the experience, but also the union of humans (strangers and friends) uniting together while sharing solar glasses and emotions. That same feeling comes over me when I watch the aging population activate. I felt it again while reading about Tina Buchanan’s passion as she spoke about taking care of the elderly (see page 12).
While I have my own personal at-home daily practice, I’m now inspired to take more classes at yoga studios, like the beautiful new Communitea Yoga that just opened in Oceanside (see page 13), Ilenga Yoga on (page 15) and Soul of Yoga (CRG) in Encinitas which I am familiar with. I can relish in that wonderful feeling of community. Yoga itself heals mind, body and spirit. Joining a local yoga studio helps further avoid the temptation of social isolation. I work from home, so I can often get too far removed from people and social events since I have access to everything I need online—that is, everything except authentic facetime with people. It’s important to nurture our relationships in person, and I make a point to do it as much as possible.
I posted this photo of my group of friends celebrating birthdays and growing older together. It is moments like these that can keep your battery charged in a rapidly evolving and changing environment. I was going to call it a Kodak moment…now that’s elderly.
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