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The Pathway To Timelessness February 28, 2013

Posted by nrhatch in Books & Movies, Health & Wellness, Meditation.
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Even if we can’t literally turn back the hands of time, might we erase the ravages of age by the thoughts we think?

In Ageless Body, Timeless Mind, Deepak Chopra summarizes a growing body of evidence which supports the conclusion that we can reverse certain signs of aging through application of mindful awareness.

Nothing holds more power over the body than the beliefs of the mind.

We can harness the Mind-Body Connection for healing and making other positive changes in our lives.

By renewing our intention to live active lives, we can improve our motor abilities, strength, agility, and mental responses.

When we insert an intention into our thought processes, such as, “My energy and vigor is increasing every day,” we control the beliefs that govern the aging process . . . instead of letting our beliefs control us.

What else can we do?

I expect you already know the answer to that question.

Donald-Duck-BaseballEnjoy regular physical exercise, lift weights (or do some form of strength training), eat right, get 7-8 hours of sleep, stay positive, explore new interests, rush at each day with open arms, maintain an attitude of gratitude, foster alert curiosity about life, and . . . meditate.

Pressing the “pause button” does our bodies good.

Meditation is a pathway to timelessness.

* Meditation produces profound relaxation and significant changes in breathing, heart rate, and blood pressure.  (Id., p. 163)

* Meditation reduces hormonal imbalances associated with stress, causing the aging process to slow down, pause, or slip into reverse.  The biological age of long time meditators may be 5 – 12 years younger than their chronological age when measured by blood pressure, vision, and hearing.  (Id., pp. 32, 164)

* Levels of cortisol and adrenaline are often lower in meditators and their coping mechanisms are stronger than average.  (Id., p. 162)

* In a study of 2,000 meditators, benefits were noted in 13 major health categories, including 80% less heart disease and 50% less cancer than in controls.  (Id., p. 165)

* Sitting in meditation with the eyes closed induces the nervous system to enter a state of “restful alertness” ~ the mind remains awake while the body goes into a deeply relaxed state.  (Id., p. 164)

* In the timeless present, the eternal now, we free ourselves from time constraints and experience ageless body and timeless mind.  (Id., p. 31)

* * * * *

LotusMeditation allows us to access our eternal core of inner silence.  In this state of pure awareness, we find creative inspiration, knowledge, and stability.  We experience a space beyond time.

Only let the moving waters calm down, and the sun and moon will be reflected on the surface of your Being. ~ Rumi

Be Here Now.

Aah . . . that’s better!

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1. Piglet in Portugal - February 28, 2013

Will it eradicate the bags under my eyes?

nrhatch - February 28, 2013

Probably. Practicing meditation allows us to reach “a state of rest twice as deep as deep sleep.” And we get there quickly . . . usually within 10 minutes after shutting our eyes, compared to the 4-6 hours it takes to reach our deepest relaxation in sleep.

Piglet in Portugal - February 28, 2013

I have to confess I don’t sleep that well 😦 My mind is far to active

nrhatch - February 28, 2013

Meditation might help. My mind used to race in high gear all the time . . . constantly churning and yearning.

It’s much calmer and better behaved now. _/!\_

2. sweetdaysundertheoaks - February 28, 2013

Meditation plus Dr. Weil’s Relaxing Breath exercise are a daily must for me. Relaxing Breath more than once a day.. 🙂

nrhatch - February 28, 2013

That’s great, Pix. Any time I begin to feel agitated, I take a moment to follow my breath ~ watching the breath is calming, soothing, and allows us to see reality with greater clarity. 😎

3. suzicate - February 28, 2013

A wealth of good info…aren’t you glad you didn’t toss that book? Sometimes I find books I’ve had for a while and start reading and wonder why it never got my attention before…sometimes it’s all in the timing of life experience.

nrhatch - February 28, 2013

I agree! I will read no book before its time. 😀

4. adeeyoyo - February 28, 2013

I intend reading this book from cover to cover, Nancy. You won’t believe, I have aged at least 15 years in one and a half years. I hope it can help me… my outlook has remained young, as it was, but my skin looks dehydrated and leathery, face, hands, arms. Legs and body still to come, hahaha.

nrhatch - February 28, 2013

If your outlook remains young, I expect you’ll rebound in no time, Denise. You been through so much in the past 18 months.

Chopra reported on a study on 5 young men who stayed in bed 24 hours a day for 3 weeks. All of the subjects, regardless of their physical condition suffered a decrease in aerobic capacity = 20 years of aging!

We must move it, move it! 😀

adeeyoyo - March 1, 2013

Thanks for the encouragement, Nancy! 😀

nrhatch - March 1, 2013

Best of luck!

5. colonialist - February 28, 2013

I never have figured out how this meditation thing is done.

nrhatch - February 28, 2013

There are several links to Meditation sites in my blog roll . . . well worth the price of admission.

6. sufilight - February 28, 2013

I have this book which I purchased years ago and its’ one of my favorites. I meditate but not consistently and I am getting ready to change this, as I know meditation is good for our well being. Thanks for this reminder!

nrhatch - February 28, 2013

Meditation is good for what ails us. I’m fascinated by this book.

7. Nancy Curteman - March 1, 2013

I would add that we must take responsibility for what happens to us. We must feel in control. I am the master of my fate. I am the captain of my soul.

nrhatch - March 1, 2013

At times, the best way to feel in control is to relinquish the need for control by learning to go with the flow of life, accepting the “what is” as it arrives on our shores.

8. diannegray - March 1, 2013

This information is great, Nancy. Now…I must get back to my meditation 😉

nrhatch - March 1, 2013

I see that the RUC has “moved on down the road.” I’ll be by in short order to read the post in detail. 😀

9. jannatwrites - March 1, 2013

This is a motivating post. If it wasn’t ten o’clock I would actually go for a bike ride. (Does reaching for the mouse count as exercise? :))

nrhatch - March 2, 2013

No . . . but packing up the house and moving does! I just scanned your post. Woo Hoo. I’ll be around shortly. 😀

10. 2e0mca - March 8, 2013

Having just spent last night puffing and blowing around a tennis court with an instructor and my Son, I have to say that perhaps the meditational approach is less likely to kill me (in the short term). No – I’ll be back there next week but I’m sure feeling the effects today. It doesn’t help that I was already carrying a frozen shoulder before we started either! Thinking positive… It’s good for someone – I think 😉

nrhatch - March 8, 2013

It’s good to move . . . other times, it’s good to sit still and just be.

I’m sure your son is enjoying playing tennis with his dad. 😀


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