1. Experience the Timeless – Transcend
Aging occurs due to the fact that we function within the realm of space & ‘time’. However, underlying all life is a ‘timeless field’ – a reality beyond space & time. * This is not some new-age mumbo jumbo – modern science has actually proven it itself, through the latest discoveries of what’s called Quantum Mechanical Unified Field Theory. *Say that at your next dinner party and keep a straight face. Anyway, when we contact or experience this level of life, time literally ceases to exist. It was as if time ‘stood still'”. “5 hours seemed like 5 minutes”. It’s that experience you’ve had many times, of being ‘completely in the Present Moment’…being ‘totally in the Zone’ or ‘Flow’. The important point, re: aging, is that this experience is not just subjective. As our mind & body are one at that level, when we experience the ‘inner timelessness / bliss’ of this experience, our physical reality (aging as we know it), also ‘stands still’.
Activities that commonly produce this experience include:
– Experiencing Love – falling in love, feeling love for a child etc
– Seeing a beautiful Sunset/Sunrise
– Watching young children/infants at play – totally innocent & carefree
– Listening to ‘beautiful’ music – usually ‘Classical’ not Sex Pistols!
– Performing an Art, a Sport or other activity that you ‘really love’, e.g. painting, writing, playing golf (this of course can also be the exact opposite of bliss), talking/gossiping with a friend, reading Mark’s weekly tips etc etc. Obviously varies individually.
While the abovementioned activities are somewhat random, certain meditation techniques (not generally ones that involve ‘concentration’ or ‘contemplation’, because you are keeping the mind active – they have other benefits), provide a ‘systematic’ means to experience this exquisitely quiet, calm, ‘transcendental’, anti-aging state on a regular basis. Interestingly, research published in the International Journal of Neuroscience, showed that people practicing the aptly named ‘Transcendental Meditation’ technique for 5 years, had on average, a ‘biological’ age (their physical age), 12 years lower than their chronological age (their age in years).
At least once a day, engage in an activity (the longer the better), that gives you a high probability of ‘transcending’. i.e going beyond the busy nature of your mind to that completely silent, still, perfectly calm state within. Choose from the ones above, or pick your own. Basically, just follow the Bliss.
Two old men in a retirement village were sitting in the reading room and one said to the other, ”How do you really feel? I mean, you’re 75 years old, how do you honestly feel?” ”Honestly, I feel like a new born baby. I’ve got no hair, no teeth, and I just peed myself.”