June – Birthdays – Aging

“Growing old is not for sissies.” Margaret McElroy

June is my birthday month, and each year I choose to celebrate my existence on this earth plane.  Long ago, I came to realize that no matter how many years I have been here, it is nice to have a special day (or week, or month – your choice) to celebrate the anniversary of my arrival here, the being that I am, and the beginning of a new physical me-year.  I am here for reasons and purposes, some known and some hidden in spiritual spaces. The day, time and place of my birth helps me to understand these and live accordingly. And so, my ‘birth’day is worth celebrating.

Yes, I am a Gemini. My mind is so busy! Some mornings, clearing my mind to meditate is like cleaning a dirty car window, smudged and gritty, while it is raining mud. Somehow, it happens; time and practice has assisted with this. Often, it’s simply to sleep; yet even then I know that I am being loved and cared for during that nap. Sometimes images flash by quickly, symbols, faces, colours. Sometimes I place myself in beautiful places – the mountains, on a rose quartz bench in a garden, a sandy ocean beach. Somehow, I feel Peace despite the mud and chaos or sometimes amidst the mud and chaos. I keep paper and pen close by, for often, messages simply flow through my hands onto paper.

Thoughts On Aging

It is said that with age comes wisdom. I believe that the wisdom is always there for one to draw on. As we grow older in physical years, we become more aware of it.

When young, our attention is on the business of the physical – the beauty, looks and care of the body, physically manifesting what is expected in this world. Fear and doubt rule, and are difficult to overcome in the midst of busy lives.

As we age, we expect the body to deteriorate. I say, expect change rather than deterioration. Life is not over when you get older. It changes. Expectations change. In this crazy world, one is expected to get sick; one is expected to slow down. Yes, it is true, the body weakens and ages; and the mind has accumulated so much information to process. Margaret McElroy used to say “Growing old is not for sissies!” Yet one can adapt and change with that. Adjust what you do, what you eat. Add stretching and flowing exercises (like yoga, tai chi). Add to your diet what your body needs when it needs it. Eat less more often. Allow time to rest and meditate. Listen to your inner wisdom and create with it somehow. Write it down – for yourself and for others who will be drawn to it.

Rely heavily on the wisdom, the deep knowing, of spirit which lies within at all ages. Spirit does not age. Young children know and trust. Elders know and trust. Why can’t we, of all ages, know and trust? Listen. The answers are there. We can’t live in this world forever, and do we really want to? There is so much more.

Listen to your body, mind and spirit. Do not lecture, but share your wisdom wisely and when asked. New adventures are always allowed.  Have fun!

Some notions to consider:

Margaret Atwood, Author: “Another belief of mine: that everyone else my age is an adult, whereas I am merely in disguise.”

Satchel Page: “How old would you be if you didn’t know how old you are?”

Pablo Picasso (1881-1973): “It takes a long time to become young.” “Youth has no age.”

Helen Hayes, Actress (1900-1993): “Age is not important unless you’re a cheese.”

Linda Zeppa: “Sometimes it is better to act your shoe size, rather than your age.”

Reminder:

Astrologically, June is Gemini time (until June 21), ruled by Mercury, god of communication and messenger of the gods. The energy this month is great for communicating, sharing, releasing your inner wisdom. Don’t be afraid to share your knowledge. It’s time to let your creative intuition expand and flow. The world – the Universe needs to hear from you!

©Linda Zeppa is an author, writer, educator, intuitive development coach and guide, a writing coach and guide and editor. For more information see www.intuwriting.com or contact linda@intuwriting.com