Thursday, March 19, 2009

What's Reality Got To Do With Positive Aging?

It may seem odd to ask about the nature of reality in everyday life, but it’s worth contemplating, if only because we so infrequently attempt to tease out the genuine facts from the fictions created by our magpie minds. The best way to learn how to do this is to sit quietly and follow your breathing, gently bringing your attention back to it when your mind inevitably wanders. This practice has been around for millennia, and if you can work up to 20 or 30 minutes a day, you’ll discover the rewards are more than worth the time invested.

Mindful meditation is well-known as a stress management technique, but it’s so much more than that. It’s actually the simplest, surest way to get in touch with and stay in touch with objective reality, from moment to moment. What’s that got to do with
Positive Aging? Everything, because you can’t begin to wrap your mind and body around something as elusive as Positive Aging, unless and until you become adept at living in the present. Once you do that, you can begin to lead your life fully awake to the possibilities of the moment, and that’s the essence of Positive Aging.

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