I recently watched a report about people living into their 90s. The researchers looked at lifestyle and physical factors. In general, they were confounded by what they learned. Things that people think aren’t good for you seemed to be somewhat helpful (not talking about smoking or obesity, which aren’t good).
Many people live long, but their lives are plagued by ill physical health and/or ill mental health. What can we do to live more “not ill” and to live less worriedly about difficult aging.
I have just asked Spiritual Presence what we need to do to not only live longer, but to live well. Here is the main tip: BREATHE! The more varied, deeper, relaxed, intensified, the more a person can live well.
B—R—E–A–T—H—E! breathe!! Br-e-at-he! breathe! BrEEEEEth!
The more varied the breathing, the less chance for illness to set in.
Let’s look at a few things experts tell us to do to live longer:
- Regular exercise: it’s not the regular exercise that makes us live better, it’s the intensified and smoother breathing that regular exercise causes. Also if the exercise makes our body feel good, then we breathe more fully. Pain forces narrowed breathing. (Painkillers won’t fix the narrow breathing; addressing the cause of the pain is required.)
- Drinking red wine: it’s not the resveratrol in red wine that makes us live longer, it’s the relaxed breathing that moderate drinking induces.
- Social involvement: the more we are socially involved, the more our breathing varies as we speak with others, have physical contact, feel different emotions, etc.
That’s it for now. We’ll explore breathing more in the next post.