7 Tips for Staying Young

YOUTH – from Old English, meaning: The condition of being young. The appearance of freshness, vigour, spirit, of one who is young. The time of being young–early life. Young persons collectively.

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if as adults we could inhabit that extraordinary realm of freshness, vigour and spirit in which as children we constantly dwelled. The good news is that it is never too late to be young.

Here are 7 tips for staying young.

1. Meditate

Meditation reduces stress levels, keeps the mind positive and free from worries and anxieties. “Age is in the mind” and through a regular practice of meditation one can attain a positive, illumined and youthful mind.

2. Exercise regularly

Moderate exercise practised on a regular basis promotes longevity, builds and maintains strength and flexibility and most importantly makes you feel alive.

3. Eat a well balanced vegetarian diet

Studies show that a well balanced vegetarian diet with plenty of fresh vegetables, fruits, nuts and grains provides optimum nutrition for a fit and active body.

4. Eliminate

Do away with harmful influences in your life. Smoking, drugs, alcohol and junk food are all detrimental substances which can be safely eliminated from your life to ensure a happier, healthier and more youthful existence.

5. Be creative

Whether through music, painting, dancing, writing… Getting in touch with your own unique creativity positions you in that sacred and childlike spontaneity of the NOW moment.

6. Give joy to others

You never lose what you give. In fact by offering your own joy, happiness and oneness to others you nurture your own treasure-chest of good qualities. Be like a child and give joy to others!

7. Laugh

Children laugh an average of 300 times a day, while adults laugh just 30 times per day. Laughter is an expression of inner happiness and is a tonic for the soul. When you are laughing you are not brooding or despairing which are exclusively adult pastimes. Spend time with people, and do things that make you laugh.

Finally, in the words of Sri Chinmoy

“There is no age limit when we live in the heart and when we try to be of prayerful and soulful service to God in the heart of humanity”Further Reading – Remaining Young at Heart

By: Kate Carvalho

Kate is a meditation student of Sri Chinmoy currently living in Christchurch, New Zealand.

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