Mindful Baby Boomers

What makes baby boomers different from other aged categories? Are we really so unique? Are we wiser, smarter, healthier, richer, more moral, or more educated than those who have come before or after our birth years?

Maybe, but doubtfully. Each generation shares unique characterizations of the time period in which they live and each generation shares experiences of which they are proud and of which they are ashamed.

What does make us unique at this moment in time, however, is that there are millions of us aging together, facing similar life issues and challenges and frequently struggling to balance our own needs, wants, responsibilities, dreams and desires with those of our children and grandchildren, parents and siblings, friends and associates.

For so long we told ourselves we were unique and special and we felt infallible. We were part of the memorable and not so memorable sixties. We gave birth to the age of technology. We believed that the world was ours and we could have it all; family, career, designer cars and pets, vacations and vacation homes and, of course early retirement. Many of us had our children late in life while others chose not to have any at all.

We believed we would live longer, healthier, more fulfilling and more profitable lives than any generation that had come before.

But this is not a site about what is or is not true about the facts and statistics of the boomer generation.

It is a site about what we have in common now and how we are all facing many of the challenges presented in the middle and later years of life, just like the generations who came before and the generations who will follow.

It is true that many of us are "aging well" but none the less, it is a time in life when millions of us are now or soon will face the reality of the loss of youth, the aches and pains of bodily abuse and injuries, the suffering of watching those we love fall into ill health, decline physically or mentally, encounter new and unexpected financial burdens, and, of course, confront the inevitable recognition that we are indeed, mortal.

Is there a healthy way to manage the fear, the pain, the loss of loved ones and the loss of our own sense of self, of who we once were and who we think we are now?

I think there is. It takes time, practice, patience and self kindness, but it is possible. It is called mindfulness or mindful awareness. We can teach ourselves to be mindful of each event, each day, each challenge, each fear, each breath. We can still have hopes and dreams and can and should embrace our lives as they are today. We are blessed that there is so much information and so many options to help us age healthier than ever before. But we will continue to age and the experiences in our lives and the lives of those we love will continue to become ever more challenging.

This is a site to help teach us how to bring mindfulness into our lives NOW. The earlier we start the better prepared we are to call on this practice in the difficult moments of fear, anger or crisis. There are many techniques for practicing mindfulness including meditating, yoga, visualization, breath awareness or simply forcing yourself to stay very focused on the activity you are performing in a given moment.

Perhaps your current challenge is helping your teen through the college application process, or perhaps it is your adult child moving back home, or maybe you are confronting an injury that will no longer allow you to pursue your favorite sport or passion, or perhaps you or someone you love has been diagnosed with a serious illness.

It doesn't matter if the event in your life is big or small, real or perceived, if it is causing you unwelcome feelings of stress, anxiety, anger or fear it is an opportunity to practice mindful awareness.

I invite you to visit this site often and share your experiences, seek or offer guidance and learn how to stay present and practice mindful awareness when it is easy and when it is not.


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