I saw this comment written by a lady recently on the London Meditation Centre facebook page: “My meditation is such a rock to me. I can’t imagine life without it. Plus I’ve been told a lot recently how much younger I’m looking and have I had Botox!? ‘No’, I reply, ‘I’ve discovered eyelash curlers and practice regular meditation’…. I feel so much calmer, more grounded and at ease.”
Another commentator replied: “True. I’m 65, and recently someone said to me, “Oh, I thought you were about my age, 40 or so!” I’ve been meditating 40 years, and, apparently, it’s taken 20 years off my apparent age!”
It got me thinking…in a world where we are bombarded by the latest anti-ageing beauty products at every corner, often at exorbitant prices, could the secret to eternal youth really be in something as simple as meditation?
The Journal of Neuroscience have published a paper stating that people who have regularly meditated for over 5 years or more have a biological age of 12 -15 years younger than those who don’t.
This is because regular deep meditation practice dramatically affects production of three important age-affecting hormones: Increasing DHEA (the youth hormone), melatonin (the sleep hormone), and decreasing cortisol (the stress hormone).
I certainly feel that meditation is one of my most effective tools for reducing stress and must be part of the reason why experienced meditators live so long and look so young!
Other studies have shown that meditation can help strengthen the immune system and promote healing of illnesses that crop up as we age.
Beyond reducing physical symptoms, it seems that meditators have a more positive attitude about their body’s, with fewer anxieties and negative thoughts. This is great as a negative attitude to ageing isn’t going to help anyone. Even though it’s an internal practice, meditation opens you up to the world, engages you in the present moment and keeps you interested and curious in what’s going on around you. I believe a sense of playfulness that keeps you feeling young is just as important, if not more so, than looking young. However I must admit the youthful looking meditators do sway me slightly…
So why not give it a go? There are so many meditation techniques to pick from, be it deep breathing, visualisation, yoga, repetitive mantra and mindfulness (which includes deliberately focusing on the sensations of the task at hand, like doing the washing up, drinking tea, or eating a piece of chocolate).
Try to set aside at least 15 minutes a day to engage in one of these activities and explore the different options until you find a technique that suits you. Plus who knows, you may end up saving a lot of money on costly cosmetics or procedures!
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