No, this isn’t some spam ad
for a crazy new facial serum or expensive injectable. I think we’ve learned by
now that nothing you put on your face or in your face is going to make you stop
aging. And really, some of what we’ve seen on the faces of certain celebrities
make us want to run from these “miracle” treatments as they only make us look
distorted and fake.
People age. That’s just the truth of the matter.
Everything ages, really – it just takes a different amount of time depending on
what it is. That cheese in the fridge gets a bit funky after a few weeks. But Mount Rushmore is still looking pretty
good after all this time. Even rocks
don’t last forever, they just seem like they do because they’re around so much
longer than we are.
Time goes on. Hours turn
into days and days turn into weeks and weeks turn into years. We can’t stop the
calendar, and we can’t stop the clock.
Or can we?
Remember when we were
younger and everything seemed to take so looooong? Well, not everything. Maybe
the school day lasted forever, but after school time with our friends went by
super fast. We looked forward to birthdays and counted the days until we
finally got to celebrate being another year older. And now, even though we see
some friends rarely, when we do get together it’s like no time has passed at
all, we pick up right where we left off.
Time is relative. It’s a man-made concept measured by the sun. We
can’t stop the calendar, and we can’t stop the clock. Or can we? As we’ve learned, although the
measurement of time is consistent for everyone, the experience of time is
completely unique to each person, in each circumstance.
Every once in a while we
have these amazing experiences where time stands still. It might be a beautiful sunset that takes our
breath away. It might be watching a baby sleep, and storing that precious
moment away as a memory. It might be getting lost in doing some work you enjoy
– so much so that hours go by and it feels like mere minutes. And it might be lying
in the arms of your beloved, matching your breaths, treasuring the feelings of
comfort and connection.
When time stands still for
us we are at peace. All is right with the world. We are engaged, relaxed, and
happy. All of our cells and hormones are functioning and taking care of us
without any effort on our part. We are unaware of the passage of time, totally
living in the moment of “now.”
By now we are well aware of
the mind-body connection. So, it stands to reason that when we mentally stop
the clock through these glimpses of timelessness, that our body “clock” stops
as well. This may be an unscientific concept, but I think that it’s true. And
understanding this, we could consciously seek out these experiences of timeless
awareness to keep ourselves looking and feeling young – to turn back the clock,
so to speak. We can’t always predict when or how we are going to fall into
these moments – but we can plan out our day so that have them on a regular
basis. How? With meditation.
By setting aside just 20
minutes in the morning and 20 minutes in the evening to sit in silence you can
take years off of the way you look and feel.
In meditation, we let go of burdens and responsibilities and just sit.
We allow thoughts to drift by and peace to take over. When practiced on a
regular basis, meditation can help us to feel more centered, calm, healthy, and
young. And when we feel that way, how
can we not help but look that way as well?
Meditation can be built
into our days in other ways as well. When taking a walk, pay attention to your
footsteps. Imagine the earth rising towards your foot, loving every step you
take. Feel the energy of the earth warming your body, filtering itself through
the soles of your feet. As you breathe in the fresh air, picture this
life-giving force distributing itself to every organ in your body, allowing it
to renew and refresh your being.
When cooking a meal, pay
attention to the colors and the textures of the vegetables. Breathe in the
fragrances of the oils and spices. Listen closely to the sizzles that the food
makes when it hits the pan. Imagine the service that went into the harvesting
of the grains that now go to nourish your body. Focus on adding love into the
dish with every stir of the spoon. And when eating, savor every bite, knowing
that every morsel is serving you, benefiting you, feeding you body, mind, and
Artists know what this
feels like, to lose themselves in their work. If you knit, or have a pet to
play with, you know the feeling as well. Engaging the senses, feeling the
connection all that is, and being present as activity occurs and you observe it
as much as participate in it.
Meditation can lift you up
if you let it. It lightens your burdens, and in a way it gives you a face-lift,
too! You’ll be smiling more, stressing less, and walking with a little more pep
in your step. You feel better, and because of this, you look better, too. The
peace of mind literally shows on your face.
You could pay hundreds of
dollars for the latest and greatest face creams. You could pay thousands of
dollars for fillers or surgery. You could even pay to have your pictures
photo-shopped every time you post to Facebook! Or you could try the no-cost way
to look and feel younger. Meditation is an ancient secret that is a secret no
more. It’s available to all of us, for free, as it has been forever. Partake of
the nectar, and let your inner beauty, the eternal youth of your soul, shine