This month’s Ageless Inspiration comes from Tao Porchon-Lynch
We might often be led to believe that the best years are behind us as we get older but what I’m realising is like anything in life, how we age is down to choices. Each month I’ll feature one of the many people who have inspired me. I’m in awe of what they’ve achieved at an age that most people don’t reach and those who do are slowing down. They are my inspiration as I grow older and I only hope that I can embrace aging and life in the way they have.
Having just turned 99 in August, Tao Porchon-Lynch is still going strong. In her lifetime, she’s been a World War II French Resistance fighter, model, actress, film producer, wine connoisseur, ballroom dancer, and a yoga master. She is in the Guinness book as the “World’s Oldest Yoga Teacher”. Despite three hip replacement surgeries, she is still practicing and teaching yoga and can get into poses most people wouldn’t even attempt. She also continues to delve in her other passion of ballroom dancing. She meditates, is a vegetarian, and a fan of high heel shoes – she said she would even hike in them.
What impresses me most about Tao is the breadth of what she has achieved, how active she still is and how she embraces every day, making the most of it. She’s led an exciting life and her life-story is incredible. She carries herself with so much class and her eyes still reveal the youthfulness of this amazing woman.
Her mantra: “There is nothing you cannot do if you harness the power within.”
She has embraced her age and lives her mantra.
What can we learn from Tao
The biggest lesson I take from Tao is to let go of fear and procrastination and make the most of each day because life is too short to waste any time. So start by believing in yourself. Believing in yourself eliminates the fears that hold us back from trying something new and really reaching our full potential. In the words of Tao, “if you believe you can do something you will attract everything you need to make it happen”.
Take some action
Begin by giving gratitude. This month, start keeping a gratitude journal. Each day (either in the morning or in the evening), write down 3 things you are grateful for. Try and be as specific as possible. You’ll find a greater appreciation for the small things that happen each day that we take for granted. I was shocked when I started this exercise how difficult I found it to actually think of things to write down. The beauty of this exercise is the more you do it, the more you’ll start to become aware of the gifts we receive every day that we are too busy and self absorbed to notice.
The second part of this exercise is about getting to know and appreciate who you are. Each day (either in the morning or evening), write down 3 things you truly appreciate about yourself. Again, be as specific as possible. Really spend some time getting to know and embracing who you are. Harnessing the power within and believing in yourself means you have to get to a place of self acceptance and self love. This exercise is a great first step.
Best of luck and remember anything is possible regardless of age!!
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