Meditation for Staying Youthful

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Stress and negative mental states can have surprisingly direct effects on cellular aging. This means that improving mood and reducing stress arousal with meditation can effectively slow the aging process for the body and mind - with some studies finding significant slowing of brain aging among meditation practitioners.

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  • The Problem

    Modern society is so heavily weighted towards youth, it’s little wonder that we’re caught in a cycle of fear and self-loathing when it comes to our own ageing process. 

    As our bodies change, it’s natural to miss the things we used to be able to do more easily.  

    We are seduced by cosmetic products and procedures which promise an external fix.

    But if we really want to make a difference to how our body ages on the outside, we’d be far better off  focusing on what’s happening within. 

  • How it affects you

    We are each made up of 50 trillion different cells, all of them in a constant cycle of replacement. Some cells regenerate every few weeks, others every few months, and some every few years. And approximately every eight years, every single cell in your body is replaced with a new one!

    Unfortunately, cellular repair is one of the critical functions to get shut down when we are under stress. Due to the frantic nature of our lives, and having to cope with regular intermittent stressors, our cellular repair and replacement system is often operating below par.

    The stress hormone cortisol also ages the brain.  

    As a result of stress our bodies and brains are ageing at a faster rate than they would if they were subject to more bliss and less background stress.

  • How can Beeja help?

    A research report from UCLA found that “Age-related decline of white-matter tissue is considerably reduced in active meditation practitioners.”

    What’s more, Beeja meditation doesn’t just slow the ageing process down.

    For the first five years of practising Beeja meditation, the biological ageing process completely stops and for most people actually goes into reverse. 

    The largest ever study done on meditation involved 4,000 participants, and it measured an astounding eight-year average reduction in biological age over the five-year study period.

    Normally, our cells tend to reproduce and match what’s there. What the studies suggest is that earlier, healthier memory within the cellular DNA is reawakened by the process of meditation. Conditions allow our cells to begin replicating at their optimal rate.

    The upshot is that our biological age will actually fall for the first few years of meditating even as we officially get older. 

    It’s not quite Benjamin Button, but an elegant ageing process begins and we find our rate of ageing then proceeds much more sedately.

    The other benefit is that meditation gives us such a strong sense of our self that we are far less likely to want to fight the natural ageing process, and feel energised and inspired to make the most of each day - whatever our age.

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  • Reviews

    Mathilda, Writer, Tunbridge Wells

    “One week, two weeks, and three weeks on and meditating twice a day, I am still feeling as though I am on a blissful island, surrounded by the torrents of modern day life…my taste, vision and memory are back and I am waking up in the morning with a smile…and I feel as though I have dropped into my body 20 years younger. Amazing! And the practice is effortless. "

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“Meditation lowers blood pressure and other markers of ageing including MVO2 or oxygen demand. It enhances psychological well-being and is the most significant determinate of telomere length (the end cap of our DNA), which is a very important marker of ageing and longevity: longer telomeres = less illness + longer life.”

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"..I managed to switch off for long enough to get that floaty feeling people from Brighton swear by."
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"I've noticed that I’m no longer ruled by emotions – I can see when I’m angry or frustrated without being in that feeling.”

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