Being now in my seventy-third year, I can say with all honesty that I am thoroughly enjoying this decade of my life. I have a sense of settlement and a contentment within my body that I have never felt before, which I feel stems from me now knowing that my purpose here on earth is to live the love that I am and listen to the wisdom from my body.
I found that when I ate certain foods such as bread and cakes, my stomach would bloat which felt very uncomfortable – so I started to eliminate these food items slowly from my diet. I did a bit of research and found that it is the gluten in these foods which often has an adverse effect on our digestive system, which in turn affects our wellbeing. After a while I started to feel the benefits that not having these foods had on my body. I have not eaten foods which contain gluten for about ten years now and I don’t miss them one bit, and I am enjoying more harmony within my body as a result.
I felt more vital and mentally alert and lighter within myself, and yes I even noticed how much more joyful I felt as I went about my daily life and in my interactions with all whom I met.
Listening to the wisdom of my body has been super supportive in so many of my daily activities. I consult with it before I eat, about which foods would be most nourishing for me to prepare.
Another area where it speaks very loudly to me is when it is tired and would like to be tucked up in bed. In the past I overrode this message from my body in preference to sitting up late to watch some television program or other, but nowadays in my elder years it is easier for me to listen to and heed the cue when my body indicates it is time for bed.
The joy I feel from living in this way means that everyone I come in contact with, will receive the reflection of a woman who is in the final chapter of her life living lovingly, purposefully and joyfully, thereby knowing that this can be available to all in their elder years if they so choose to listen to and heed the wise advice constantly on offer from their body’s wisdom.
I have lived most of my life solely from my head, it was as if I was a ‘walking head’ with little or no connection with my body – that is apart from when it (my body) brought to my attention my wayward and disharmonious way of living through the various aches, pains and illnesses which manifested within it which, I might add, were all my doing.
Glad to say I never ever want to return to that old abusive lifestyle I once lived. Now that I know what living lovingly, purposefully and with vitality feels like, it has become my daily experience.
Living joyfully in our seventies absolutely rocks.
Elizabeth McC., UK
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