Meditation and Aging

July 27, 2010 at 10:05 am (Benefits of Meditation, Why do we meditate?)

The Fountain of Youth

There has always been a search for the fountain of youth. From Ponce de Leon to ancient cities lost in jungles to secret elixers known only to hidden societies we have always wanted a formula to roll back time.

We can’t really roll back time, at least yet, and time travel is still only a theoretical possibility or impossibility depending on which theorist you subscribe to.

There are, however some things that you can do to slow the advance of age and the effects on the body and mind. Some of these have to do with nutrition, exercise, smoking, drinking, drug use, sleep, how we choose to live our lives and the habits that we have.

This article will focus on the specific benefits of the practice of meditation and its relationship to the aging processes in both the body and in the mind. 

How does Meditation affect aging?

Meditation does not alter the passage of time. It doe not change the fabric of the spacetime in which we live nor does it allow us to wake up yesterday.

The effects of meditation on aging fall into two areas. Effects on the body and effects on the brain or mind.

Those who regularly meditate generally find improvements to blood pressure, blood flow, digestion, internal systems performance and degeneration, and this includes skin tone and overall health of the inner and outer body.

Specifically meditation can improve your appearance, i.e. your weight, your wrinkles, your facial lines and the health of your skin and the tone of your muscles. That means that if you regularly meditate, it is likely that your body and face will be more attractive, have a healthy glow and last longer than those who do not meditate. More or less, a couple of drops from the fountain of youth.

This is true because those who meditate have healthier circulation, cellular activity, move active healing systems, a more proactive immune system and a host of other similar benefits.

Those who meditate are less affected by stress and pressure, and therefore find their bodies more relaxed and healthy because the chemicals associated with stress are in far less supply.

Similare benefits occur in the brain. Research indicates that those who meditate concentrate better, remember more, learn faster, have more coherant brainwaves and are more creative, more socially aware and get along better in their relationships.

This means that the inner beauty is greater and longer lasting for those who meditate, just as the outer beauty is more obvious and more durable.

So while there is not fountain of youth in a bottle, you have a tool to dramatically influence how the passage of time affects your body and your mind.

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Meditation and TANSTAAFL

July 6, 2010 at 5:51 pm (Benefits of Meditation, Why do we meditate?)

What is TANSTAAFL?

For this blog post, I have chosen this funny but true acronym as a starting point. This long acronym stands for ‘There Ain’t No Such Thing As A Free Lunch.’ Your first thought may be “What does that have to do with Meditation?’

The answer is easy. It has a lot to do with meditation. Like everything in our lives, particularly the best things, meditation takes our own effort and involvement to get it done.

We live in a ‘gimme a zip file, I’ll download it and look at it later while I’m watching tv’ kind of world. We expect everything to be compressed, fast, downloadable and take no time.

The truth about many good things is actually almost the opposite. Most good things take some time to develop. If you want to be great at a sport, you know how much effort that takes, expecially as we watch the world cup, the NBA finals, the tour de France or any other high powered sports event.

If I want a great song working in the studio, it takes planning, often dozens of takes and even after that perfect performance, you must make the song a complete package or that one great keyboard solo is interesting, but that’s about it.

If you want a deep and meaningful relationship with someone, then more than just casual attention is the ticket price for such a highly prized outcome.

If you want a major account to close and select you as the account manager, then time and effort spent with the client is the name of the game.

How Does That Work?

We all know that this is true, yet perhaps we don’t know how to get the most from our efforts. This is where the practice of meditation really shines. We all have only 24 hours in a day, but when I regularly meditate, all my days are better, more focused, I get more done, I forget less, I seem to know how to make people respond better, I seem to know what will make someone happy and the list goes on and on.

Regular meditation amps up my mental and physical capacity in a way that I can’t describe and certainly can’t ignore. I have repeatedly seen the effort I put into the meditation pay triple dividends in the achievement of outcomes in every area of my endeavors.

The books that you will find on the website give dozens of real life examples of how this works. Check them out!

I not only get my lunch, I get the dessert too.

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