Add Years to Your Life

The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, worry about the future, or anticipate troubles, but to live in the present moment wisely and earnestly.Yogananda, Paramhansa

Slow down the whirling world for a while each day. Quiet the heart and still the mind. Everyone lives with contradictions. Life can seem to be whirling out of control. The news overburdens the mind with gloomy factoids meant to pique the interest long enough to maybe sell some soap. Insurance or political ideology. In this way, the medium is the message, as Marshall McLuhan wrote. The channels you are in tuned with determine the messages you receive. One must cut through cultural entanglement, external amusement and internal bewilderment, in order to sort through the shadows of real identity. Shape clay into a vessel; It is the space within that makes it useful. Tao Te Ching

In general, many Eastern cultures usefulness is often more important than novelty, while uniqueness is equal to usefulness in Western cultures. But in the modern world, with so much global sharing between cultures, a personal Renaissance may be only one click away. Shut down the restricting mediums of so-called information and follow your spirit down many rabbit holes of curiosity. The human mind mulls over many things and considers a multitude of connections between stray bits of information interwoven with fantasy. Refill the well of creativity. Creative energy gathered from non-thinking provides the heat that incubates the notion until it bursts from the subconscious clay. Culture – the collectively shared meaningDavid Bohm

These days there are endless sources of amusement. But so many come from external sources: movies, videos, shows of all shapes and sizes. It is said the average American watches at least four hours of television a day. This is even quantified as “consumption”. What is being consumed? Time! By age 65 the average American has spent nine years in front of a television passively consuming audiovisual amusements. These are years spent slowly accumulating the cultural perspective of an industry designed to market “novelty” – new and improved reality. The glossy unreality accumulates in your veins, your heart, your mind and makes you want what you don’t have. The product seeps into your identity like plastic pollution. One study found that every hour of TV watching shortens a person’s life by twenty-two minutes. Consuming TV increases risks of diabetes and heart disease an many other health issues.

Being confused by the world is normal. These are increasingly baffling times. But one does not unravel those internal knots by passage escape. Put down the remote, pick up the pace of physical activity. People often say they “Can’t find the time…” Consuming less TV frees up hours of time. Another excuse is being “exhausted” at the end of the day. Sedentary behavior compounds the fatigue. STOP. Please. The unique being you are deserves a longer, happier life. Turn off the electronic amusements. Stand up and move around. Take a walk in nature and live a longer healthier life. As you walk, leave behind bewildering thoughts and let your spirit soar.

The old saying, an apple a day keeps the doctor away does not mean apples have magical healing qualities. What it does mean, eating healthier is an important part of self-care. The expression your body is a temple suggests that each physical body is sacred. That is true. Each individual should honor the life they have by increasing their well-being. Take the time you have and make the most of it. Start with small steps and build upon the physical and spiritual healthfulness. T.S. ElliotAt the still point of the turning world. Neither flesh nor fleshless; / Neither from nor towards; at the still point, there the dance is... – Get Dancing 🙂

Published by cewheeler

Writer/Artist:12 years in China – univ. lecturer: writing,poetry,culture; editor – magazine/newspaper & actor. 40 years students of the Tao. Traveler. Father. Read my books at:

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