Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Tribal Community Fosters Health, Happiness & Longevity

Dan Buettner teamed up with National Geographic and the National Institute on Aging to research the world’s blue zones. Blue Zone’s are geographical pockets across the world that have an inordinately higher instance per capita of people who have significantly increased lifespans. – namely living to be 100+ years or more.

Here is a brief description of their findings:
  • Move Naturally – Make your home, community and workplace present you with natural ways to move. Focus on activities you love, like gardening, walking and playing with your family.
  • Right Outlook – Know and be able to articulate your sense of purpose, and ensure your day is punctuated with periods of calm.
  • Eat Wisely – Instead of groping from fad diet to fad diets, use time-honored strategies for eating 20% less at meals. Avoid meat and processed food and drink a couple of glasses of wine daily.
  • Belong to the Right Tribe – Surround yourself with the right people, make the effort to connect or reconnect with your religion and put loved ones first.
Quotes from Deepak Chopra...
You can free yourself from aging by reinterpreting your body and by grasping the link between belief and biology. The way you think, the way you behave, the way you eat, can influence your life by 30 to 50 years. The less you open your heart to others, the more your heart suffers.  If you and I are having a single thought of violence or hatred against anyone in the world at this moment, we are contributing to the wounding of the world.

The physical world, including our bodies, is a response of the observer. We create our bodies as we create the experience of our world. We are not victims of aging, sickness and death. These are part of the scenery, not the seer, who is immune to any form of change. This seer is the spirit, the expression of eternal being.