I have learned a lot from a group of elders i teach mindfulness to each week. They taught me about the peace and tranquility that can be experienced as we age along with the challenges of loss and change that comes with aging.
These women have lived amazing and rich lives, experiencing great achievements and great hardships as well. For most of these women transitioning to living in a retirement community has been very challenging.
The stories they share come from the heart, come from love and carry deep authenticity and wisdom. The stories speak to the challenges of aging, to the simple joy of a conversation, the love of friends and family, or the simple joy of watching snow drift to the ground.
Over the past 8 months our group has reported subtle changes in their lives as a result of mindfulness practice, they have learned to: deepen and appreciate the simple moments in life, take time to relax, let go of anxiety, appreciate what they can do, and let go of what we can no longer do. In a nutshell they have learned to be more curios, open, accepting and compassionate with themselves and each other.
Each week we find ourselves celebrating our time together breath by breath, word by word, smile by smile.
And for me this time each week, with this amazing group of women is a circle of friendship I will always cherish.