Or in Perception Language we might say: “Why hold yourself back from growing younger? “Creativity is inventing, experimenting, growing, taking risks, breaking rules, making mistakes and having fun.” Mary Lou Cook In the year 2000 I went to Japan with my husband, Jake. He was teaching in Tokyo again and I decided to go along […]
Facing 50 and Beyond
Fifty is not what fifty used to be, not by a long shot. As our longevity increases, 50 is not the beginning of a long slow slide into obscurity. In fact, exactly the opposite can be true. Fifty can be a time to re-focus on growing wise, and an opportunity to “check-in” with yourself in order to become the active author of the next chapters of your life. Re-righting your life story so your life comes out the “right” way, the way you’d like it to be.
You have come a long way. You have learned a lot. You may no longer be willing to waste much time on things that are mediocre. You realize that your time on earth is limited. You may have lost loved ones. You may be dealing with aging parents. All of these things bring poignancy to your life, urging you to make the most out of your time, your relationships, and your contribution—to create a legacy you will be proud to leave behind.
A Live Conscious retreat will help you dispel the myths you have been telling yourself. You will re-view your life through a new prism. 50 and beyond is a time of great adventure to be looked forward to with a sense of excitement not dread.
In a Live Conscious retreat you will have a chance to re-evaluate, re-do and re-configure your life, a life you can look forward to without “should haves, and could haves”—a life that welcomes the future. One where you give yourself permission to rejoice rather than regret so you can change facing 50 into embracing 50.
In our youth focused culture, a Live Conscious retreat will provide a necessary re-interpretation of the very notion of what it means to be getting older, staying vital and vigorous and excited about your life. The work includes re-viewing and re-righting past issues so you’ll have no regrets. So today and tomorrow can be vigorously embraced yet deeply meaningful as well. This is your chance to re-make your life so that you end up looking back with satisfaction.
Remember that 3/4 of sage is age.
In the course of our lives we are likely to experience what’s known as a sweet spot—this is a place where everything comes together and produces the best possible result with minimal effort. A sweet spot can last for an extended period of time, resulting in deep satisfaction and fulfillment. Many people reflect upon their […]
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How old do you feel like you are? It was about a week ago when I asked my mother, “How old do you feel like you are?” She said, “Twenty-three.” And if I were to measure her by her spirit and enthusiasm for life I would agree. In physical years she is eighty-nine—and dying. She […]
I want to die in the same manner that I am learning to live—with gratitude and a sense of wonder and awe. Wednesday night I got a message that one of my oldest and dearest friends had a stroke. I’ve been a good friend with Jimmy and his wife Katie for over 30 years. I […]
Years of study with a Japanese Zen master gave me a strong referent experience of what it means to be here now. He was my first Zen teacher and now there’s our cat, Maow. We can all learn to be here now, like Maow. He is the master of simple enlightenment. Maow is always in […]
Kyoto, Japan It is Tuesday evening in Kyoto, Japan. We have just finished conducting a Live Conscious Retreat. In our retreats, all participants use pseudonyms, no one uses their real name. For this retreat Hannah chose the name “Yuuki”, which is the Japanese word for courage, and I chose the name “Mr. Lucky”—which in Japanese […]
The first key to aging well—start now! Is this important to you? Do you want to age well? You should—because aging poorly is a real drag. And unnecessary. In this article I’ll share with you some results found in The Study of Adult Development. This is a unique study because it looks at the lives […]
I’ll tell you a short story about a friend of mine who showed me how to die—and how to die well. Ken was a flawed person—like all of us. And he used his flaws to fuel his personal growth. This wasn’t natural to him. With a degree in engineering and an MBA from Harvard, he […]