Mindful Monday – Mindful Aging

Welcome to Mindful Monday! Each week I try to examine new or sometimes old things about myself. I have found that being mindful encompasses the act of being watchful, aware, wary, heedful, alert, careful, or attentive, in whatever area in my life I feel it applies to, as I attempt to live in the present.

You know, my journey through mindfulness has really been interesting. I have covered all different kinds of topics that have to do with mindfulness on this blog, and the many ways that a person can look at and examine themselves. Click here if you would like to take a look back on all that we have shared together so far this year.

The whole idea behind my mindfulness adventure was to become aware of things that I took for granted in this present stage of my life. I have opened my eyes wide in wonder many times and then had a good laugh at myself and the errors of my ways. No one is perfect. We just are not wired to become perfect beings. It really is all about the journey.

I came upon another realization this week. As we begin to age certain things happen. Yes, the obvious is your hair turns silver or gray, you spread a bit more in places you never did before, and you slow down… Those are things that are typical and fairly easy to cope with or overcome. It is when your body begins to give you indications that you are getting older that it really hits you.


As I have shared before, I am an avid walker. I do this to manage my weight and my mental health. Walking is when I do some of my best thinking. So, you know I was beside myself recently when my right foot hurt so badly that I was unable to walk my normal two miles a day. I took a walking break for a few days and decided that it was time to call the doctor.

After a visit to my physician, I was sent to a doctor who was a podiatry specialist in Pensacola. He took x-rays on the spot and informed me that my big toe on my right foot had no cartilage left… it was bone on bone! It was the big one – arthritis!

The doctor prescribed special made orthotic inserts to fit inside my walking shoes that will help to correct the deformity and alleviate some of the pain when I am walking. WOO HOO! I can do this! The main thing with arthritis is that you must remain active to the best of your ability. I was glad to hear the diagnosis. I could continue to walk.


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What really caught my attention was that this was the first real age-related setback I had ever had. Now granted, just because I have silver hair – in the scheme of things I am not that old, only 57 years. I have friends much younger than me that have many more health related issues than I do. It wasn’t only the age thing that was bugging me…

It really was about the realization that things change in our lives that we have no control over, especially those related to our health. Unfortunately, as we age these issues are going to crop up. What is most important is that you cannot let these minor setbacks hold you back from doing the things in life that are good for you, and that you enjoy doing.


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I know someone who quit walking because they have minor arthritis in their knees. The result has been that the person gained weight and lost flexibility, thereby making their life much more painful than it needed to be. The person let their age-related condition take control of their life.


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This week, I became more mindful of my own physical limitations, real and perceived. I learned that I am human, with a body that will continue to undergo changes as I age. I also learned to accept the fact that age is inevitable. It is going to happen, no matter what I do.

My mindful intent is to do the things that I know are good for me, like eating right, exercising, and getting plenty of sleep – the same things I was told when I was a child. Maybe that is why they call aging our second childhood!


Would you like to share your mindfulness journey with others? If you are interested in sharing your goals or aspirations, I want to highlight your journey here on Silver Threading. Send me an email at silverthreading@gmail.com and I will be happy to feature you on a guest post.

Remember, this is not a challenge.  This is an offering of support.  If you would like to join in with your own Mindful Monday goals you can do so in the comments, or on a separate post of your own making.  If you want to link back to my post, please feel free to do so, however, it is not necessary.  My main aim here is to give and get support to become more mindful of the things I take for granted in my life.

Namaste! I wish you all loads of joy and peace this week.

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56 thoughts on “Mindful Monday – Mindful Aging Leave a comment

  1. So it’s arthritis that was bothering you. At least it is nothing harmful when even painful. I am glad that now you know now and can do anything about it. Take good care of yourself, Colleen! Much love to you 💖

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  2. Almost everyone I know my age has had some sort of surgery..hips, knees, etc. by the age of 60. Yikes. I’ve been a runner/jogger/slow walker..and the benefits seem to be the same. I’ve had stresses/breaks/strains/knee dislocation/groin pulls. Pretty much anything that can happen to you from the hips down. I just keep moving. And it helps, even on days when I don’t feel like going out there. Thanks for the honest post, Colleen. Keep on truckin’ !!! 💕 Van

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    1. Woo Hoo, Van! I feel the same way. I just keep walking. I carry 3 lb. Weights and work my arms to. I always feel better after the workout. I want to sincerely try yoga. Have you tried that? I am getting a treadmill for the house, too. Keep on trucking, Van! 💗

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      1. Yoga, aerobics, free weights, pilates, cycling, swimming, jogging, you name it, I’ve tried it. By far, walking has been the one thing I stick with…for almost 20 years now. I have a stationary bike and treadmill…hated them both. I find tremendous benefit in getting outside..in all kinds of weather. Yoga is what I will return to someday…for the flexibility and strength, and pure relaxation ! Good luck. ☺

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  3. It’s a good idea to carry weights when walking. I have ankle weights and sometimes put them on going up and down stairs (and reading). I do some exercising at home (videos in You Tube, I subscribe to a few keep fit channels) every morning, also try and do the Five Tibetans (somebody on Insight was talking about them and they are interesting. They are supposed to help keep one young). I have done Yoga, both in classes and at home. There quite a few varieties (I’ve normally gone for the more active ones, but there are some that are more like deep relaxation and very small and slow movements). Jane Fonda keeps going at her age and still does videos, sometimes very gentle exercise, sometimes yoga. It is very important to keep active, although you’re right one needs to adapt what one does (I’m trying to be careful with very high impact exercises).

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  4. Colleen, I am happy to hear there is something that will make your walking experience more joyful again. And it wouldn’t hurt to think about that wonderful cartilage is renewing itself every day (I’m learning anything is possible, and it never hurts to visualize good things). My Kare and Mare comics were a way to express the aging process with humor, and your “Silver” always reminds me of them. I may have to look up the Five Tibetans, also. Sounds intriguing.

    Fair walking to you, my friend, and those inserts should give you a real spring in your step!

    Blessings for staying fit and youthful in heart and soul,

    Marianne xo

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    1. Thank you so much Marianne! Of course, you are right in maintaining a good attitude and believing anything is possible. That is positive and points me always in the right direction. Thanks so much for your encouragement. I just keep on walking. The inserts should be here in a couple of weeks. I will let you know how it goes! 😀

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  5. P.S. Exercise is the final frontier for me…I have stopped, and desperately need to get back to it. You’ve inspired me to be very mindful of that today. Thank you, Colleen! ♥

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    1. Oh, no! Please start walking again. You will feel so much better. I walk for physical health and mental health. It is amazing how good I feel after my walk. Try to fit that into your life. I know how busy you are, but I will be right there with you in spirit! ❤

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  6. Bless your heart, I’m sad to hear that you have arthritis. Your positive attitude and mindfulness is a big plus in handling and managing health issues. You’re an inspiration and your blog is a good source of info. Thanks so much. 🙂

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  7. Glad the podiatrist was able to give you the orthotic so you can get back on your feet. Foot pain really can slow us down 🙂 Well anything that affects parts of our body that we take for granted is a pain. And it can happen to people of all ages.

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    1. Thanks, Deborah. I should have the orthotics in a couple of weeks. We will see how it goes. I just want to remain active. That is really important to me. I have younger friends that really have issues. I have been very lucky. 😀

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      1. Well don’t worry. I think there are all kinds of ways to be active too. I feel I can’t jog and I am not sure it is really good for me to do high impact stuff. But I can still do yoga and I have heard of exercising in the pool which is good when you have issues with joints.

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          1. Yes it is good. I like the gentle yoga classes and I need to get back to them this week. I have been distracted with other stuff. I just started back to Yoga classes a couple of months ago.

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  8. I am thinking about when I floated myself on the sea. : ) Let myself be waved and think nothing. I believe that everyone with any age can enjoy.

    Whenever you surrender, mindfulness comes, and thank you for bringing heath issue on this post we know that good soul will be in the good body. ; )

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  9. A great post, Colleen. I am glad you are able to get back to walking.As much as I love the outdoors and walking, my asthma often keeps me in, but the treadmill (and a good book) keeps me active.

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  10. My first age related illness was two years ago – @ 58 when an aberration was detected in an ECG. My first thought whilst waiting for an angiogram was one of regret that I had postponed taking care of my health and walking. The thought of not being able to walk and do things I liked really hit me then.
    The angiogram confirmed that I had had a silent stress attack (prefer to term it this than heart attack) and I am now on medication but still have plenty of regrets that I neglected to take care of my health as it has definitely slowed me down a little bit. It could SO EASILY have been avoided.

    So now I urge everyone I know … do not wait till it is too late to take care of your health. Colleens post on practising Mindfulness on matters of health is a nugget of wisdom. Heed it well and do not put your health on the back burner 🙂

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    1. Thank you so much, Rose for this fabulous message. It is vital to stay active and keep moving the best you can. Food choices are important too. I went gluten free and eat fruit, vegetables, and only lean meat. Our bodies are truly a temple to be cared for.

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  11. Colleen, it’s Friday now 🙂 I loved your Mindful Monday this week… First of all, I’m so glad you are able to walk again without pain… I can imagine it hurt to walk but now you’re back in action!
    My whole family have gotten more into walking more and more. Step tracking apps on iPhones helps us to keep track of our steps! As we age, we will continue to exercise and work out, even in the chilly NYC temps, thanks to the gym:)
    And I’m all about lifting free weights and maintaining muscle mass too. Cardio plus strength training is the way to go:))

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  12. Move, move, and move some more. I’m living proof of not taking the body’s frailties to bed or the recliner. You are fortunate this is your first issue so I’m happy to read you’re being proactive about it. I suffered nerve loss in my feet and left hand after a crummy virus three years ago. I don’t have the use of my pinky finger so as a 100 wpm typer I had to reteach myself to type with 9 fingers. I continued to dance and do tai chi through the pain of losing those nerves that support the muscle. I never gave into the pain or awkwardness. Today, those closest to me tend to forget that I have challenges with my feet and hand. That’s just how I want it to be. I’m dancing my way into the sixties and so will you.

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      1. Hopefully, I will get the inserts this week. I hear that many people got immediate relief. I am going to need it with packing and moving. Lots of work to be done. 😀 Thanks, Mark. I forge ahead.

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