Happy New Year to my dear reader friends. Thank you for following Matrignosis. May the new year bring you increasing health, prosperity, joy, and wisdom. Today a friend sent me this wonderful article by Mary Pipher. I share her sentiments and could not have said it better. Enjoy.
We carry accumulation of years in our bodies, and on our faces, but generally our real selves, the children inside, are innocent and shy as magnolias. –Maya Angelou
Ego and God-Image: Part VI
[T]he most important relationship of childhood, the relation to the mother, will be compensated by the mother archetype as soon as detachment from the childhood
This is a great post! I just turned 70 this summer and I have had a few glitches health wise, but ultimately age is a mind-set. I’m only as old as I think I am! 😉 However, what the mirror says, may be different, but who cares!! 😉 Happy New Year!!
I agree whole-heartedly! Happy New Year!
Delighted about the title! I’m 75 and feel so special just by the title!
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Me too! Women our age are so much younger in mind and spirit — and often body, for that matter — than most women were in our mothers’ generation. Happy New Year to you! Jeanie
Happy New Year and New Decade to you Jeanie! Oh, I absolutely loved this article and have shared it on Twitter (I’ve just re-joined the land of the little blue bird!). What a beautiful, joyful read that helps us all embrace the aging process!
As a woman in her late 50’s, having left her maiden and mothering years long behind, I turn with joy and excitement to the croning years ahead with delight and to my true coming of age! Warm & wild blessings, Deborah aka @liberatedsheep
Happy New Year Deborah.
I’m so glad you liked the article. I haven’t done much with Twitter lately, but I did post this article there too. I want every woman out there to understand the rich potential of being in our 70’s. As with every age, it’s not without its challenges, but my life in general is just filled with so much more joy, love, appreciation, balance, fulfillment, satisfaction, gratitude, authenticity, and all-around confidence, comfort, and well-being. It’s almost magical how much better things can get when you take your life seriously and try to live mindfully and creatively……as you of all people know!!
My very best wishes for your true coming-of-age in the next few decades!! I know it will be a beautiful thing to see, and I look forward to hearing more about it in your poetry yet-to-come. 🙂 Jeanie
A wonderful article with very inspiring words. Thanks for sharing Jean, have a wonderful 2020 and many more New Years ??xx
You’re welcome, Roberta. It’s lovely to hear from you. I’m glad you liked this article and wish you a satisfying, graceful, and joyful experience of coming more fully into yourself in the coming years. Happy New Year blessings, Jeanie
Thank you Jeanie for posting this lovely and inspiring article. There is much to look back on, much to look forward to, too. Moments of joy, or contentment, or appreciation, and wonder and curiosity do indeed make life worthwhile living.
I agree. She says it so well. May your New Year be filled with these special moments. Jeanie
” I am not old ” is my opinion is a scientific spiritual statement , as body is in time so rings of age are there but inside us is a witness to this change which is always timeless and when someone say I am not Old , one is refering to this Timeless I which is our True Identity .
A man is naturally inclined towards masculine left brain of time Body and a woman is naturally inclined towards feminine right brain of Timeless Soul ,
Modern Times has seen a shift in large percentage of women having shifting towards left brain of time so Time stress is there in them .
Time has Joy and sorrow but Timeless is happiness , totality and totality comes from our creative Arts , Dance , cooking , and sports .
O means Organise ….. L means life ……. D means differently
so become valuable in our own eyes doing what we love to do in Totality.
One time during a flight our aircraft had a fall of 200 meters in an airpocket , I was knowledgable yet little bit of afraid but a child who enjoyed this fall , laughed . at that point I ask myself …… who has more wisdom …… me or Child .
Certainly my answer is Child ……. Child having not seen much of life laughs and I have seen this world yet afraid .
Today I am 69 , just short of 70 ,,,,,, always take a gratitude bath and thank God for this wonderful life of Creative enlightenment and kiss my own Hand to express my thanks to body .
I always feel starting with my early morning prayer for Sun rise and think ……. I am old outside but Brand New Inside ……. just like a Child …… looking at Sun first time , listening to birds first time ….. sipping Tea first time …….. wandering with wonder is Wisdom of my life …… what about all of you ,
Thank you for these wise thoughts, Ram.
What daily practices do I have?
Well, like you, I try to stay mindful of–and grateful for–the beauty and gift of my life. In moments of great insight, awareness, or beauty, I often find myself with tears rolling down my cheek whispering, “Thank you. Thank you.”
One daily practice these days is to say a mantra of gratitude to different parts of my body that seem to need extra attention, appreciation and love.
Like you, I find that practicing timelessness…by simply noticing the space and moment I’m in here and now…automatically brings happiness.
Thank you for your timeless reminders. 🙂
Thank you for sharing this. I’d read it before and it deserves to be read twice of many times. It’s easy to forget.
I just read it again too. Every time I read it something new jumps out at me. What a great writer she is!