Welcome to Refined by Age! ™
To become truly Refined by Age,™ it is essential to become intentional about developing the Seven Dimensions of Wellness in our lives. The dimensions are:
- Spiritual – Connect with your spirit! Use ways that are meaningful to you: whether that’s through your place of worship, prayer, or meditation.
- Intellectual – Keep your brain active! Learn a new activity, solve puzzles, play brain games.
- Physical – Stay active! As little as 10 minutes of physical activity, three times a day, five days a week meets the guidelines.
- Social/Cultural – Stay connected! Volunteer in the community, take classes, visit with friends, join online social networks. Our heritage and dreams belong to this dimension. Honor healthy family traditions and values. Bring your inherent gifts and talents into the world. Enjoy the diversity in the talents, gifts and heritage of others.
- Emotional – Be mindful of how you feel! Engage in mindfulness activities such as yoga and tai chi; talk with your doctor or counselor if you’re feeling blue.
- Environmental – Go green! Include nature in your life: get a pet, plant a garden, visit local parks and walking trails, and make sure that the indoor environment you live and work in is healthy.
- Vocational – Working keeps us engaged and growing. If you’re not working, volunteer to help others, get involved in an avocation.
I will write about each of these dimensions on the Refined by Age™ blog. As we explore them together, it will become evident that there is a “dimensional dance” going on in each of our lives; much like a baby’s mobile in motion above a crib. The dimensions themselves are very seldom, if ever, equally balanced. They work together, much like our senses compensate for each other, to help create an overall balance in our lives through this dimensional dance that becomes more fluid as we become Refined by Age.™
I will also discuss age discrimination (ageism) as it is prevalent in society today and one, if not the last, relatively unchallenged forms of discrimination. Ageism is based on the stereotype of decline as we age. This leads society to diminish the value of our older adults; when in fact age brings wisdom, continued health if one is intentional about living a healthy lifestyle, continued learning, and participation in community. It is my premise that: as we age, we continue to polish our souls on the stuff that life is made of. We get closer to seeing more clearly through the mystical mirror until that face-to-face day comes.
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