“If we can affect the stress response, we can affect the aging process. There’s a reason why experienced meditators live so long and look so young.”
– Eva Selhub, MD
All the cool kids are doing it. It is in the news, medical journals, on your Facebook newsfeed, it’s on You tube, in your inbox and on your mind. It’s not just yogis and hippies talking about meditation, young entrepreneurs, scientists, musicians and athletes are practicing mindfulness and meditation to decrease stress and create an ability to be powerfully present.
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 stress adds a few years each year.
That’s right…a Few Years each Year!
Research shows that chronic stress is cumulative. It has been proven to accelerate the aging process and decrease vitality. Science shows that meditation decreases stress and enhances our immune system. Meditation is one of the best tools we have to balance our emotions and deal with physical and psychological stress. It brings peace and happiness into our lives and effects the genetics of aging. Through meditation we can affect the stress response.
“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.
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 who meditates has the physiology of a 43-year-old.
Ageless saints and yogis dedicate their whole lives to meditation. But even we, as average householders, can potentially live much longer, healthier lives if we manage our stress.
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.
For those of you who don’t meditate, don’t know how to meditate or consistently say you don’t have time to meditate, I’ve attached a short 17 minute guided meditation for beginners. I suggest you find a quiet place to sit, put on some soft music and take the times to listen to these meditation instructions. You can download that here: Meditation for Beginners
For more on meditation, Doug has created this informative 7 page e-book:
Raise Your State_Meditation.pdf
Local? Come on over at 4:30 today. We are begining our 2015 Meditation Sundays.