“The flower is always the bud’s undoing. Let go then. Step into the river, lean into the wind, let the strength of the earth rise through you. Watch your fingertips burst into bloom. “
GAYE ABBOTT :
I burst into elderhood without a clue that I was the age my birth certificate proved I was. In fact I don’t think much about age, but instead about Being and what I have to offer within relationship, in community and out into the world.
There is a simple grace and elegance entering this stage of life with all of the striving, insecurity and child raising left behind. (for the most part!) It doesn’t enter my mind that I should “act my age”, for what does that even mean?!
If that alludes to the cultural nullification, dismissing and deadening of this powerful elder stage of life then I simply don’t align with it! Each one of us is accountable for the way in which we live within this stage of embodied life. Each one of us must find our own unique path as an elder becoming.
I have always been a person who goes far away (or a least a step or two away) from the cultural mainstream narrative. I tried mainstream living on many times and it simply never really fit. It deadened the wholeness of “me” that was awaiting to express the unique artistry of this lifetime I have been gifted with – the life that I am continually guided by Spirit/Source to follow.
Even through the shyness of my youth and young adult life, I dipped my toes into out-of-the box explorations and offerings; and within the mainstream medical world for 30 years I always found a way to integrate holistic thought and practice bringing compassion and wholeness into a system that was rigid and lacking. This always took an inner courage and daring that I still find myself dipping into on a regular basis
I treat the moments of this embodied life as a gift to unfold, even the challenging moments – -and there are many. Like a free form dance improvisation where each step is filled with discovery, spontaneity, and potential for increasing awareness. Surrendering to the mystery of each day as a sacred gift, while staying resilient and ever curious opening pathways to possibility, awareness and free untamed expression. (For more about me go to http://GayeAbbott.com.)
I would love to play, collaborate, tell story, have adventures, laugh and grieve together, and certainly get to know you better, as we live the joys and challenges of aging and embody why we are here.
This is meant to be a global community ripe with resources and to inspire the creative life artistry that we are here to bring during this stage of our life….even if it is only the simple planting of a garden and listening to the earth breathe.
Tell me your story and I will tell you mine!