The Age of Reconfiguration
No more candles for my birthday cake. The image of me blowing them out makes me think of the goddess Athena. One day Athena was playing her flute when a group of rowdy gods showed up and started laughing at her because blowing on the flute puffed up her cheeks just like a chipmunk’s. Humiliated, Athena threw the flute on the ground and never played it again.
Age transforms us and it’s not always easy to adapt to this change. To adapt to this change, I am slowly putting together my own self-help manual and about the need for personal reconfiguration.
…some years later…
On my birthday two years ago, I posted about The Age of Reconfiguration, the age when we have to face up to the fact that we are aging and we need to update our mindset accordingly. For the rest of the year, I drafted my Reconfiguration Project, finished it during the fall while still in Greece, and, back in Rome, renamed it “Cool Breeze”.
In Hinduism, Kundalini is a form of divine feminine energy believed to be located at the base of the spine. Once this energy is awakened, you can feel your own vibrations that, if balanced, emit vibrations that feel like a Cool Breeze.
But then Covid-19 bullied its way into our lives and dominated our minds. Thus Regular Life and the completion of my Reconfiguration Project were put on stand-by. A few days ago I rediscovered the manuscript stored in a cabinet and, after dusting it off a bit, decided to resuscitate it.
COOL BREEZE OUTLINE
Transitions and Change (Mary Shelly)
Know Thyself (Pythia)
The Power of Intention (Pythagoras)
Insomnia (Tallulah Bankhead)
Decluttering (Edith Wharton and Ida Mayfield)
Breathing (Beatrice Wood and Krishnamurti)
The Face (Darwin)
Let’s Get Physical (Sissi of Baveria)
Let’s Get Physical …the body as home
Walk It Out (Grandma Gatewood)
Dance (Ann Pennington)
Mental Health and Aging (Eleanor Roosevelt)
The Senses and a Photogenic Lifestyle
In Praise of Hands
Why not make something?
Harriet Powers and Quilts
Elisabeth Gaskell and Spills
Mudras and Power Balls
The need for role models
Fleur Cowles, editor, The Need for Flair
Irine Brin, critic, Elegance and Etiquette are powerful
Hope Hale Davis, feminist & writer, give your ideals a direction
Lillian Rogers Parks, White House Seamstress, you don’t have to be president to live in the White House
Dodie Smith, writer, the importance of the first line
Grace Zaing Stone, writer, discerning the differences
Dorothy B: Hughes, crime writer, suspense hold your attention
Muriel Spark, writer, on living in a foreign country
Daphne Du Maurier, writer, things aren’t always as they seem to be
Agnes Varda , director, Keep on Truck’n
Diary as transformation tool