YOU ARE YOUR OWN FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH: Movement, Motivation and Mindset for Active Seniors

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Energy Bite 201 – What Turns Off the Flow of Energy

Two weeks ago, in Energy Bite 199, I wrote about what we know as Flow, and how powerful a mental and physical effect it has on the way you live your life, particularly as you get older.

In his book, In the Flow of Life, author Eric Butterworth cites Emerson, who he said:  “had this consciousness of the flow of life which indwells each person as a Presence and which is forever bubbling forth through each person as a fountain.”

So, when I talk to groups, I use the term “Fountain of Youth” or “The Flow of Life” or sometimes “Feeling Alive”, interchangeably. It’s a mental and physical state of being  that provides you with an abundance of health and personal energy. It’s that state of mind where you are fully alive . . . and are “bubbling forth as a fountain.”

But sometimes the flow seems to shut off. Sometimes the energy leaves you. Sometimes you feel low, even depressed. What causes the flow to slow or stop?

  • Negative People, places and things. Whiners and complainers. Other people’s drama. When you are around them, they seem to drain the energy right out of you. Unpleasant surroundings can also sap your energy. The same with clutter and noise.
  • Fears and resentments.
  • Physical deterioration . . . POOR EXERCISE AND EATING HABITS. Even poor posture.
  • You don’t use the tools that keep your Fountain of Energy flowing . . . Movement, Good Food, Deep Breathing, Meditation, Visualization (mental imagery), and even Affirmations.
  • And finally, when you write your own story, you’ve let someone else “hold the pen”.

And writing your own story? That’s how to turn the flow back on. That’s how to age with energy and to feel alive! And that’s the topic for next week . . .  Stay tuned.

Thank you for reading.

Energy Bite 180 – Perceptions of “Ageism”

I’ve been reading and hearing a lot about “ageism” lately. Does it exist? Probably. Age discrimination in the legal context does. It’s against the law to discriminate against a person in a hiring situation solely because of age. Except for athletes, of course. They get put out to pasture in their 30s, and it’s OK.… Continue Reading

Energy Bite 179 – A Brief and Final Word about Motivation, for Now

I’ve been writing thoughts about motivation for a few weeks now, asking about why some people exercise during the week and others don’t. What motivates some to either go to a gym or exercise at home, while others won’t do it, even though their doctor has told them to either exercise or get sick and… Continue Reading

Energy Bite 178 – A Less Than Final Word on Motivation

Since I have  been writing about what motivates people, especially seniors, to exercise and take responsibility for their own health and wellness, I thought I’d go back to George Leonard’s book, The Ultimate Athlete for some good statistics and reasoning about health and fitness. I referred to Leonard’s books often when I first started this… Continue Reading

Energy Bite 110 – Capacities to Manipulate the Environment Directly

Do you live in your own home?  Do you buy your food at the grocery store?  Do you do the things that will make or keep you physically healthy?  If the answer is yes, then you have demonstrated your Capacity to Manipulate Your Environment Directly. That ability to “manipulate” your environment is the 6th Attribute… Continue Reading

Energy Bite 25. Transformation!

I’ve always liked Werner Erhard. Many of you reading this will remember Werner Erhard as the creator of e.s.t. (Erhard Training Seminars), one of the earliest and most successful of the Personal Development Programs that thrived in the 1970s. Over 750,000 people took the e.s.t. training. As with most people who have been massively successful,… Continue Reading

Energy Bite 24. A Beach Body at Age 93? Yes Indeed!

by, Bob McMillan I thought I was doing pretty well with my exercise program.  You know, like “Wow!  I’m seventy-three years old and look at what I can do.”  Nothing spectacular but far better than most at my age.  But that was before I heard of Charles Eugster.  I first found out about Charles Eugster when I… Continue Reading