Are you pondering what to do differently this New Year? Have you committed to work out more, be kinder, lose a few pounds, get a grip on your budget, or spend more quality time with your kids? Are you set up to start a new creative project or commit to deepen your spiritual practices? Personally, I’m focused on completing my writing projects and playing more to increase my vitality.
As each year rolls around there is one given for all of us–we all become one year older. And for most people the accumulation of life stresses add a few years each year. Yes, a Few Years each Year!
Chronic stress is cumulative. It has been proven to accelerate the aging process and decrease vitality. If you want to come on board with me to increase your Vitality in 2014, consider amping up your attention on self-care. This means paying attention to healthy ways you can unwind the deep tensions in your mind and body on a daily basis. As you become the master of your monkey mind this releases the deep tension in your body. The mind and body are best buddies!
If we are lucky, we get to go through the aging process and stay vital til the end. Yet, we do notice the subtle changes taking place as each birthday rolls around. We might see our first wrinkle or grey hair in our 30’s or 40’s. Mid-life kicks in with mental, emotional and physical changes. Our mind begins deeper inquiry as to where we’ve been and where we are going. Hormones shift, joints and muscles talk, and other inflammatory responses from the stresses of life begin to show up. At mid-life we begin to realize that half our life has been lived and we are tipping in the direction of decline. Or, are we?
Aging is most certainly a complex issue with many factors coming into play, but one thing that researchers do agree on is that mental and emotional stress accelerates the natural process of aging.
“The Blue Zones” or the longevity hotspots around the world, suggests small lifestyle changes can add up to 10 years and more vitality to most peoples lives. These life style changes are all directed toward shedding stress. Prayer and meditation are high priority in these zones and a major factor in long-term health and aging.
One of the most valuable ways you can Raise Your State in 2014 is to implement practices that slow the accumulation of stress. One effective tool I wholeheartedly recommend is daily meditation. Dr. Wallace, one of the first researchers on meditation, found that subjects with an average chronological age of 50 years, who had been practicing meditation for over 5 years, had a biological age 12 years younger than their chronological age. That means a 55-year-old meditator had the physiology of a 43-year-old.
Ageless saints and yogis practically dedicated their whole lives to meditation. But even we, as average householders, can potentially live much longer, healthier lives. Meditation has revealed itself to be one of the most beneficial practices to relieve some of the stress related to aging.
Today’s weekly is a tap on the shoulder, a suggestion to consider. If you want to move into the New Year accessing deeper relaxed states and lessen the stress that affects every level of your life, consider adding a meditation practice to your everyday routine.
I also invite you to Rejuvenate You with us. Join Doug and I for one week of total unwinding–body and mind included. Gentle restorative yoga, meditation and dreams on the ocean. Come uplift your spirit and have fun too! Chacala, Mexico March 22-28, 2014. Big Self-Care Gift to You!
And for you, guidelines to begin a meditation practice, check out my blog at http://www.raiseyourstate.com/wordpress/wordpress/how-to-meditate/.
Be Brilliant and Vital in 2014