Senior Women: Let’s Talk About Loving Yourself

Oct 20th, 2010 | By Sharon Shaw Elrod MSW EdD | Category: For Senior Women

I ran across a quote this week that made such perfect sense to me that I want to share it.  I’ve read Dr. Wayne Dyer’s work throughout the years, and some of his books on my shelf are pretty dog-eared because of all the re-reading.  This quote came up on Facebook a couple of days ago…

“You’ve been provided with a perfect body to house your soul for a few brief moments in eternity. So regardless of its size, shape, color, or any imagined infirmities, you can honor the temple that houses you by eating healthfully, exercising, listening to your body’s needs, and treating it with dignity and love.” – Dr. Wayne Dyer

How amazing!  This inspirational message is one we need to hold close.  We senior women tend to look more at the physical body than we should.  Some of our systems just don’t work well anymore, and we find ourselves rushing to the bathroom when we’ve waited too long; we discover we don’t like looking

in the mirror because of the blotchy, flabby, sagging skin; when we finally give up on coloring our hair, it takes moving a mountain to accept the gray–and I find I prefer to refer to it as silver and white… never gray!  Some of us find our aging bodies difficult to like, let alone love. 

Yet that is precisely what Dr. Dyer calls upon us to do.  Love our bodies.  Love our minds.  Love our spirits.  Regardless of weight, shape, skin color and aging issues, amazing things begin to happen when we honor this temple of our body.  We live for a split second compared to eternity.  Most of us cannot even grasp what eternity is.  And understanding eternity, being able to conceptualize and describe it is really not important in the grand scheme of things. 

What is important is recognizing that your soul lives within, and tending the body and mind and spirit helps the soul thrive during the time we live on this earth.  (You don’t have to be ‘religious’ to know you have a soul.)  Taking care of the temple means, as Dr Dyer says, eating a healthy diet, exercising with regularity, taking care of the physical body needs, and creating a sense of love and respect for the ‘self’ so all three components of existence–body, mind, spirit–can work together to evolve a sense of purpose and value.  Body, Mind, Spirit… taking care of all three means you function better as a human being.  And, after all, isn’t that what life is really about?



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