Flexibility in Body, Mind, and Spirit is Essential for Healthy Aging. Part 1

No matter our age, it's better to bend than break.

Don Johnson
Crow’s Feet

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I read an article recently by a good friend and terrific writer on Medium. At 60 years of age, he said he can't touch his toes—he can barely get below his knees. I thought to myself, oh no. Not good. Here comes a hamstring pull, an Achilles injury, or worse.

Bells and whistles went off in my head.

It got me thinking about the importance of flexibility in all dimensions of life: our bodies, minds, emotions, spirit, ways we communicate, and relationships.

We're all quite familiar with the concept of flexibility—things that bend like rubber bands, gymnasts, and yoga masters.

Here's what the dictionary says about flexibility:

Flexibility: the ability to change or be changed easily according to the situation. The quality of bending without breaking. Willingness to change.

The opposite of flexibility: a rigid or unyielding temper, immovable, adamant, unbending, obstinate, stubborn, unremitting.

Hmm. Which will be more useful in an ever-changing and often challenging world? Kind of a no-brainer.

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Don Johnson
Crow’s Feet

Author | Meditation Teacher | Advocate for Kindness, Respect & Freedom | Human Potential Coach | Connect with me here: www.bemoreconscious.com