Acceptance of Aging
by Donna Henes
As we age, we naturally change. Change, after all, is the essential stuff of life. If we embrace it with magnanimous grace and good humor, as part and parcel of the ongoing mythic adventure of our path, we stand to gain great satisfaction in the process.
Recognizing and accepting the inevitability of aging does not mean giving up on any attempts at improving our outward appearance, physical health, mental
outlook, emotional balance, and general well-being. More than ever before, women of a certain age are taking better care of our Selves, conscious of a newly mature imperative to lovingly nurture and protect every aspect of our beings.
We accept the responsibility for our own sustenance and satisfaction: physically as well as mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. My sister midlifers — many
of us for the first time ever— are pursuing programs of nutrition and fitness. We are eating better, sleeping and exercising more, learning how to release our stress, pursuing spiritual connection, and allowing ourselves to fully express our creative natures.
We are working hard to stay healthy and active, and are, at the same time, more realistic in our ideals, more accepting of our own perceived imperfections, and
more forgiving of our weaknesses. While some of us do go to the starvation-botox-surgical-extremes of trying to stay forever young, in general, we follow fewer fad diets and adopt more sensible, sustainable, and ultimately successful life-style changes.
We gradually heal ourselves of old destructive patterns, stinking thinking, and nasty habits. And then, voila! The rewarding result of feeling well — inside and
out — is looking well. We wise women of a certain age know that there is a difference between looking young and looking attractive — between, for that matter, looking attractive and being attractive.
It gets easier as you get older. You accept yourself
for who you are – your flaws and your attributes.
It’s easier to live in your own skin.
- Barbra Streisand
More and more of us are refusing to condescend or conform to the adolescent and exploitative standard of beauty promulgated by popular culture. We do not compare ourselves with teenage
models or emaciated-lifted-stitched-tucked-injected-Hollywood-uber-beauties. It is only a disaster to loose our girlish charms if we deem them to be the exclusive path to beauty, love, and fulfillment.
Our allure and sex appeal change with time — increase, even — if we allow them to. A woman is never too old to look and feel beautiful. Each age, each stage of our lives, has its
particular fabulous charm. As truly mature, secure women, we strive to accept the inevitable physical changes that come with the passing of time and incorporate them into the way we present ourselves to the world.
Self-aware, Self-assured, we are transforming ourselves as we go. We glow as we grow into our full potential, and become ever more becoming. Our reinvigorated attractiveness stems from
self-knowledge and enfranchisement, Our magnetic sensuality is centered in the fulfillment and satisfaction of our self-worth. We exude the intoxicating appeal of women who are, at heart, pleased with themselves.
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Donna Henes. All Rights
MAMA DONNA'S TEA GARDEN AND HEALING HAVEN
Mama Donna Henes, Urban Shaman, is the author of "THE QUEEN OF MY SELF: Stepping Into Sovereignty in Midlife," "Moon Watcher's Companion," "Celestially Auspicious Occasions: Seasons, Cycles and Celebrations" and "Dressing Our Wounds In Warm
Clothes," as well as the CD, "Reverence To Her: Mythology, The Matriarchy & Me." She writes a weekly column, "Always in Season" for UPI (United Press International) Religion and Spirituality Forum. In 1982, she composed the first (and to this date, the only) satellite peace
message in space: "chants for peace * chance for peace." Mama Donna, as she is affectionately known, has offered lectures, workshops, circles, and celebrations worldwide for 30 years. She is the director of Mama Donna's Tea Garden & Healing Haven, a ceremonial center, ritual
consultancy and spirit shop in Exotic Brooklyn, New York. For further information, a list of services and publications, a calendar of upcoming events and a complimentary issue of Always in Season: Living in Sync with the Cycles. contact:
PO Box 380403
Exotic Brooklyn, NY 11238-0403
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