How many times have you created a new year’s resolution, started a new diet, vowed to get to the gym, or promised yourself that tomorrow would be the start for making positive changes in your life … but never followed through? Maybe you dream of changing careers, or are looking for love after being hurt, but can’t find the courage or faith to take the next step.
Whether taking care of our bodies through nutrition and exercise; nourishing our minds with positive thoughts, including what television, news, books and magazines we expose ourselves to; or connecting with our spirit through meditation, yoga or prayer, any time is a good time to start.
This past summer, I finally began to take control of my own health and do something I never thought I would … cook! I armed myself with new cookbooks and decided now was the time to start fueling my body with healthy and fresh foods.
I’ve also added Omega-3 supplements and a good multi-vitamin to my regimen, and it feels good knowing that I am taking care of myself. Jane Fonda, this issue’s cover story interview, learned to meditate at age 70, and continues to see the benefits of it every day. She didn’t think it was too late or that she was too old to learn something new. In fact, she attended a week-long silent meditation retreat at the Upaya Zen Center in Santa Fe, New Mexico, right before her 70th birthday, as she explains in the cover story and her new book “Prime Time,” in which she offers a research-based map to aging successfully — from nutrition and exercise, to giving back and connecting to a higher power.
“Meditation helps me focus, and become clear and calm,” she says in the cover story. “Frankly, I never thought I’d be able to achieve this.”
Along the same theme, our book spotlight highlights a collaboration between two best-selling authors, Louise Hay and Cheryl Richardson, titled “You Can Create an Exceptional Life.” In it, they reveal small changes that can make a big difference in our lives — including how we start and end each day. When you wake up in the morning, do you hit the snooze button three or four times before finally dragging yourself out of bed, and then rush around like the Energizer bunny to make it out the door with enough time to get to work? Or do you thank the bed for allowing you to rest comfortably, and as you get up, say, “Only good things lie before me today,” as you start your day? These two scenarios each start your day in a different way, and in turn, set the tone for what you attract all day long.
As we head into fall, before the hectic holiday time hits, take a look at some small changes you can make in your life — be it nutrition, exercise, or simply adding gratitude to your morning and evening routine. Once you see the benefits, it will no doubt provide incentive to make even more modifications.
Change can be scary, unfamiliar and overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be. Start with one thing, do it for a week or two, and then add another. No matter what age — from 9 to 99 — you are never too young or too old to change your life, and I’m here to tell you that your health — mental, physical, emotional and spiritual — is worth it.
Blessings and love to you all!
Founder, Publisher & Editorial Director
Elevated Existence Magazine