As the year draws to the close I can't quite believe it. Where did 2016 go? Actually I first mistyped it as 2006 which made me laugh. Its like the last 10 years rushed by without me noticing! Which got me thinking about something Francisco said once about how we don't have much time. The urgency in his eyes and the intensity in his words as he said it actually quite alarmed me.
We are aging from the moment we stop growing in our late teens. Everything that happens to us as we journey through life ages us. Accidents, injuries, surgeries and illnesses age us. Everyday stress, worry and emotional trauma age us. What we eat and how we move our body day-to-day ages us. But we don’t think about it, nor want to think about it, until we start feeling it. For most of us this happens in the early 40’s. We start to feel our joints stiffen. We hurt ourselves and it doesn’t go away. Chronic aches and pains start showing up. We simply don’t move as freely as we used to.
And yet today we have a lot more living to do post 40. But while we are living longer, we are not living better. As much as life expectancy is on the rise, so too is physical, mental and spiritual discomfort. Our environment and social order have changed more in the last thirty years than they have in the previous three hundred years. (Source: Dr. Edmond J Bourne). We are living a lifestyle we don’t know how to live. Today we almost expect to live in significant discomfort, and certainly expect it to get worse as we get older.
But what we believe about aging is simply that, our beliefs, isn't it? No one has lived as long as we are about to live. So we don't yet know what it looks like. Yoga shows us one way in that we can prolong our quality of life. With a regular accurate yoga practice, we remove the blockages in our body systems that impact healthy natural fluidity. With this the aging process slows down.
Yoga has the potential to change our story. It can help us create a way to live comfortably in our bodies, and in our minds through the intelligence of the body. We can rewrite our assumptions about our own potential, and about how we should age. So lets get going. Join me in 2017 in taking the time now to invest in our future time. And the quality of it.