Making Time

My morning practice takes some time — anywhere from 1 1/2 to two hours.  Even though we are retired Bob and I still work.  We just don’t go somewhere else to work and we don’t collect regular paychecks.  Like most people, one reason we work is that we need the money.  Sometimes that need takes over and my morning practice starts being seen as a nuisance that just takes up too much time. 

So I start experimenting with ways to shorten it.  I take my yoga practice down to 1/2 hour.  Then I decide I don’t need to practice every day (believe me, I do).  The morning walk goes by the wayside as do other things like my art.  I become a really strung out mess going around saying things like, “there’s just not enough time to get everything done” and “I didn’t move to the lake to work this hard, I’m always exhausted.”  Preparing healthy meals becomes a dreaded chore rather than something done with love.  It’s just not pretty.  Can anyone else relate to this?  I sure hope I’m not the only one.  🙂

So what causes all this?  Well, first my priorities get out of order.  Our lives have never been about making huge amounts of money.  While we do need to work to generate extra retirement income, our situation is not as dire as it sometimes becomes in my thoughts.  Misplaced priorities lead to ignoring the way my body works.  I have always tired easily.  When you’ve lived with something that many would consider a limitation for almost 60 years you figure out ways to work with it.  Trying to do more than my body can do only results in exhaustion and eventually illness.  I know this — but sometimes I forget.  Eventually I come back to my true self and things settle down.  But I do wish I could stop taking these frantic detours.

So, what’s my point in all this?  We talk about “values” and what is important to us, but when people look at our lives, is that what they see?  If we say family comes first, yet we never find the time to spend with them are we living what we say we value?

After my latest detour I find myself back to one hour of morning yoga, followed by reading the Daily Word, a brief Tai Chi practice and my morning walk.  I will eventually be combing Tai Chi and the walk.  This is a meditative walk, not exercise.  Then I can get to work.  Know what I’ve finally realized?  Work goes better.  I get more done when I am calm and relaxed rather than in a frenzy worrying that “we’re going to starve.”  I am also able to stop resenting what I am doing and enjoy life.

I understand that not everyone can find two hours to devote to spiritual practice.  But just as we make time to stop for morning coffee and check social media  we need to make time to slow down, get centered and start living what we say we believe.

Thought for Today

Copyright 2016 by R.A. Robbins
Copyright 2016 by R.A. Robbins

“If I’d known I was going to live this long, I’d have taken better care of myself.”

–Eubie Blake, age 100

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Thought for Today

Copyright 2016 by R.A. Robbins
Copyright 2016 by R.A. Robbins

“There is a fountain of youth: it is your mind, your talents, the creativity you bring to your life and the lives of people you love. When you learn to tap this source, you will truly have defeated age.” 

–Sophia Loren

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Thought for Today

Copyright 2014 by R.A. Robbins
Copyright 2014 by R.A. Robbins

“As parents, we have the responsibility and the power to create a foundational love for nutritious foods that will influence our children’s choices for decades to come, setting the stage for our children, grandchildren, and future generations to flourish in wellness and health.”Leah Borski

Simple Disciplines for Living Well at Any Age

Copyright 2016 by R.A. Robbins
Copyright 2016 by R.A. Robbins

It surprises me how many people in the over 50 age group, of which I am a member, believe that sickness is a natural and unpreventable part of growing older.  Having witnessed family members aging well I know this does not have to be.  But to be healthy as we age we need to create healthy habits and lifestyles when we are younger.

So this month we are going to look at simple things we can all do to live and age well.  We will also introduce you to “seniors” who are living healthy and active lives.  Instead of being “retired” think of being “refired.”  This is serious business, but I think we can also have a little fun with it.  🙂

So what do you do to live and age well?