ANTI-AGING                  tao wisdom to live long  LIFE SPAN AND GENES
longevity  how to live long       wisdom in the art of living well

you just don't die       Life and living Everything Is A Miracle

ANTI-AGING                  tao wisdom to live long  LIFE SPAN AND GENES
longevity  how to live long       wisdom in the art of living well
Meditate to Live Longer

Stephen Lau

My
Myasthenia Gravis

by

Stephen Lau

A holistic approach to autoimmune diseases!
Click here for more information.
Vision Self-Healing
Self-Help


by

Stephen Lau

A blueprint for vision health to improve eyesight and enhance vision health, with exercises based on
Dr. William Bates' revolutionary vision improvement techniques!

For more information,
click here.
 

TAO
The Way
to
Biblical Wisdom


by
Stephen Lau

A book on  understanding Biblical  wisdom through the profound wisdom of Lao Tzu

For more information,
click here.
Congratulations.
You've Got Cancer!

by

Stephen Lau

A book on helping your mind help your cancer!

For more information,
click here.
 
The Book
of
Life and Living

by

Stephen Lau

A book on ancient and contemporary wisdom in the art of living well!

For more information,
click here.
 
Meditate To Live Longer
       

by
Stephen Lau


The Longevity-and-Stress Research

According to CNN health news: Can Meditation Slow Down Aging? (July 10, 2014), meditation may play a pivotal role in longevity.

Elizabeth Blackburn
, the 2007 Nobel Prize winner scientist who has always been fascinated by how life works, discovered an enzyme called telomerase that can protect and rebuild telomeres (responsible for DNA health), which get shorter with age, causing cells to malfunction and lose their capability to divide, and thus leading to cell death, aging, and ultimately human demise.

Elissa Epel, director of the Aging, Metabolism and Emotion Center at UCSF has a long-standing interest in how the mind and body relate. According to the CNN report, “she cites as influences both the holistic health guru Deepak Chopra and the pioneering biologist Hans Selye, who first described in the 1930s how rats subjected to long-term stress become chronically ill. ‘Every stress leaves an indelible scar, and the organism pays for its survival after a stressful situation by becoming a little older,’ Selye said. Epel wanted to find that scar. ‘I was interested in the idea that if we look deep within cells we might be able to measure the wear and tear of stress and daily life,’ she says."

After reading about Blackburn's work on aging, Epel solicited Blackburn to collaborate in a research to determine if telomeres might fit the bill.

That was how the two scientists began their groundbreaking research on how meditation may lengthen their telomeres, and thus prolonging human life.

Their research findings of 58 women with similar ages lifestyles and backgrounds, indicated by their blood samples, showed that the more stressed the mothers said they were, the shorter their telomeres and the lower their levels of telomerase. In other words, they aged much faster due to their stress. The results were crystal clear: feeling stressed doesn't just damage our health -- it literally ages us. The findings were endorsed by Robert Sapolsky, a pioneering stress researcher at Stanford University and author of the bestselling Why Zebras Don't Get Ulcers.

Meditation and Aging

The research paper triggered an explosion of research. Researchers have since linked perceived stress to shorter telomeres in healthy women as well as in Alzheimer's caregivers, victims of domestic abuse and early life trauma, and people with major depression and post-traumatic stress disorder.
Most importantly, Blackburn's stellar research has pointed out the solution to stress is meditation.

Meditation involves paying attention to your experience in the present moment. Sit upright and still, and simply notice any thoughts that arise -- without judging or reacting to them -- before letting them go.

The practice of meditation  involves slow, regular breathing, which may relax us physically by calming the fight-or-flight response. It probably has a psychological stress-busting effect too. Being able to step back from negative or stressful thoughts may allow us to realize that these are not necessarily accurate reflections of reality but passing, ephemeral events. It also helps us to appreciate the present instead of continually worrying about the past or planning for the future. "Being present in your activities and in your interactions is precious, and it's rare these days with all of the multi-tasking we do," says Epel. "I do think that in general we've got a society with scattered attention, particularly when people are highly stressed and don't have the resources to just be present wherever they are."

The reasons why many people are reluctant or skeptical about meditation is that they associate it with religion and their minds are too compulsive to slow down even for a few moments. Nothing could be further from the truth. Meditation is not about religion; it is about mental relaxation and clear thinking. Everybody can slow down the thinking mind; it only takes practice and perseverance.

To find out more about meditation, go to my website: How To Meditate.

What Makes You Live Longer

Longevity is contingent on the absence of disease, which comes from a dysfunctional body with a compromised immune system. Your diet and lifestyle are the culprits for your body's toxins and unbalanced body chemistry that are the underlying causes of diseases and disorders. So, the body plays a pivotal role in the decline of health, the acceleration of aging, and the ultimate termination of life.

The mind also plays an important role in longevity; in fact, much more than the body does. The mind controls the body in its actions and reactions in the physical world, as a result of the decision and choices made by the mind. Your mind is a very complex organ that filters and interprets all the sensations and experiences encountered by the body in the physical world. They become thoughts, emotions, and memories that may affect positively or negatively how the body lives in the physical world. You are your thoughts and your thoughts become who you are -- or rather who you "think" you are. One of the objectives of meditation is to enable you to separate the truths from the myths about your thoughts, feelings, emotions, and memories. Meditation lets you see things with a much clearer mind. Mind clarity affects how you live your life in the physical world.

Bottom line: To live longer, you need a healthy mind with clear thinking, so that it can direct the body in the physical world.

As If Everything Is A Miracle

Meditation is the only antidote to stress. You may think going on a vacation will de-stress you. Think again! Waiting at the airport, going through security check, talking on the cell phone, going online etc. -- they become only a different kind of stress on your vacation. You need to find time everyday to meditate as if everything is a miracle.

Albert Einstein once said: "There are only two ways to live your life. One is to live as if everything is a miracle. The other is to live as if nothing is a miracle." Believe in the miracle of meditation: it can change your life for good.
Meditation not only relaxes your body and mind, but also changes the way you think. Remember, you mind controls your body in the physical world. Therefore, it is important to "rethink" your mind. To do that, you must "empty" your mind first of all pre-conceived thinking. A conditioned mind stresses you, causing you to make wrong life choices and decision, and thus resulting in a toxic body that impairs your health. A healthy mind holds the key to anti-aging and longevity. It is all in the mind.

But the mind can also become toxic due to a toxic body because the body-mind connection. So, the mind needs the help and guidance of the soul, which supplies spirituality in the form of love, generosity, empathy and compassion. The soul provides the compass, while the mind gives the map for the body to continue its life journey in the physical world. Without the compass and the map, the body is going nowhere, and you will be living as if nothing is a miracle.

All in all, to live longer, you need a healthy body, a clear mind, and an enlightened soul. Read my book
As If Everything Is A Miracle to find out how to "rethink" your mind, "renew" your body, and "reconnect" your soul.

To download the book from Amazon ($3.49), click here; to get the paperback edition, click here.  


Stephen Lau
Copyright© by Stephen Lau


Go back to LONGEVITY FOR YOU.

About

Stephen Lau

Meditation is the pathway to alignment of the body, the mind, and the soul.
Click here.