I am becoming more capable of something I could only dream of before. Instead of seeing everything in terms of either/or, I am much more capable of both/and awareness. I am ripening into a more complex awareness, that lets me see that I (like everyone else) am like Creation.
We must resist the temptation to let the seriousness of life turn us into something we’re not. We must stop believing that life is all about gloom and doom instead of light and joy. This post is a challenge to reclaim our joy. It’s a call to seek more from our lives.
I have struggled with hearing and ear infections all of my conscious life. I tried Western and Eastern remedies and by my early 20s I was burnt out; I stopped trying to fix it and just lived with it. Time went on, and for me life was normal.
Between ChangingAging Tour performances last year year I launched our first Gratitude Tour. I travelled up the West Coast (San Francisco to Portland) with a small group and every day we stopped at Independent Living communities along the way. Our mission— express gratitude for the elders we met along the way, and the people whose daily work makes the lives of those elders better.
I’ve been dwelling with this question for a while. Like any good, real, question it is taking me for a ride. What makes a difference? Before I get into my response to this compelling question, I just want to extoll the value of a good question. A really good question, such as this one, doesn’t […]
A historical review of major warning signs for the current crisis over the past 20 years (1997-2018) including, among others, findings from government investigations and large-scale research studies as well as opinions of leading national experts. The lack of basic protections for vulnerable and frail residents – many of whom living with dementia – in this rapidly growing but registration-only assisted living industry in Minnesota places these individuals at risk of abuse, neglect, avoidable accidents, financial exploitation, and other forms of harm.
There’s a strange pattern here. We’re surprised by young people who display what we consider to be the kind of sophistication and wisdom that we associate only with experience and age, as well as by elders who display the physical stamina, prowess, and productivity of people decades younger. It’s as if to be young means only to be strong and to be old means only to be wise.
A Report from the Slow Lane. I don’t really have a place to stand. I’m just uneasy. Anything I do is contaminated by my awareness. Not doing anything, or enough, is equally unsatisfying. I am literally torn apart, if I let myself know what I already know.