I managed to get a little look at her face.
She was somewhat ancient, yet she moved with more ease and grace
than some a quarter her age.
When I went to see Bruce Springsteen, I was blown away.
He looked fan-bloody-tastic - he oozed energy, not to mention endurance
(AND nobody can rock a pair of jeans quite like Bruce).
He was on that stage for over 3 hours with one tune moving seamlessly to the next.
And he has been doing what he does for over 30 years.
So it got me thinking....
How do we maintain longevity in our lives?
In our jobs, in relationships, in our health?
Nothing is guaranteed.
Catastrophic events and circumstances happen.
They just do.
But do we throw up our hands and say life is short I am going to do whatever the hell I want, or do we, just maybe, attend to the QUALITY of our input and output.
I really want what that old lady has got, and just a tiny bit of that same energy that Bruce has would be kinda good too.
So I have put together a short, but no means definitive list, of 9 ways that don't cost much more than our attention, that may help foster a bit of longevity in all that we do.
Happiness can be elusive. Find JOY.
Through music; in connections, conversations and in re-framing situations. See the funny side of things. Smile, and notice how that simple gesture warms your insides and just might be the things that changes someone else's day. Explore - go find an interest that engages and ignites your spirit.
Our bodies are our proverbial temples. Treat them as such. Our body has been designed to move. For you rev heads out there, would you think about running your car without proper maintenance? Would we continue to live in our houses without proper cleaning. If you want to thrive, not just survive, you have to move. Look how happy the Tin Man was after a bit of maintenance
Just as we need to move, we need to rest.
It's as simple as that.
Sleep. Meditate. Power Nap.
Just Do Nothing.
“You are the sky.
Everything else–it’s just
Are you a Drama King or Queen, indulging in situations, or are you the eye of the storm? Holding stress in your body is literally sucking the life out of you.
Start to notice how you respond to stress.
It is one of the miracles of life that we don't have to think about breathing. It just happens. But when we do it consciously we increase the amount of oxygen available to our body, from a cellular level. We simply function better - our muscles perform better, we think better and we sleep better. It also helps us to find peace within the busy-ness of our days.
Take time to consciously breathe every day
BELIEVE IN GOOD THINGS
Believe in the possible.
Say goodbye to the negative committee
that sometimes resides in your head.
Get up, get dressed, show up and do all of the above.
Routine and consistency creates permanence.
Whilst routine is great, we also need to
go with the flow, and adjust our sails as needed....
don't make yourself an endangered species.
Ah yes. I have left the biggest one until last. If you feed yourself crap, you will perform like a beat up old 1970's station-wagon, not like the high performance Ferrari that you know you want to be. You will feel sluggish, cranky and tired. Eating well doesn't just affect your own health and wellbeing, but it also affects how you relate to others, and how you get through your days. You don't have to be a gluten-dairy-meat-free tree loving vegan, you just have to cut out the bad stuff. Most of the time. Fill up on Whole Foods.
Nutrient dense foods that are satiating and life giving.
Here is a recipe for a supercharged and yummy start to the day.
You can thank me later.
400ml coconut water
1C flaked coconut
2 tblspns raw honey
1 tspn cinnamon
2 tblsns sesame seeds
1 grated pear
4 tblspns greek yoghurt
Combine oats, coconut water, coconut, honey, cinnamon, sesame seeds, and pear. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
In the morning add the yoghurt and any extras you like to make this a powerhouse of goodness to start your day.
**I use spelt oats for a lower gluten content, and add another 1/4 of a cup of coconut water as they tend to be a little more robust
nuts -I used pistachio, but hazelnuts
are super delicious, or chopped almonds,
or brazil nuts
plus any fruits in season