Even if we want to, we can’t hold on to youth forever. Inevitably, our skin will wrinkle like a prune, our hair will turn grey, our eyesight will dim and blur, and our bones will ache. Our body won’t be like the well-oiled machine it is today or once was.
It’s science. It’s the natural order. It’s inescapable.
But would you believe that it could be the opposite story for our brains? Unlike our bodies that will, frankly speaking, weaken gradually as we move towards our golden years, our minds could stay young, resilient, and be even better.
Sure, there’s Alzheimer’s, dementia, and other neurological conditions to worry about. However, these often age-related mental conditions don’t affect the elderly as much as young people think they do. The majority of the older people hold onto their wits, so to speak.
In fact, older people are happier, calmer, and less stressed. According to a New York Times article titled “Why Elders Smile”, it’s people aged 82-85 who highly rated themselves happy. Moreover, research shows that older people choose to focus more on the positive rather than the negative.
It seems that time, as well as experience, has made them wise, teaching them a valuable lesson every young person should realise: Why dwell on the bad when you can focus on the good?
If only younger generations could have that wisdom, the world would be a better, happier place.
Thankfully, there’s a way—mindfulness meditation.
Mindfulness meditation heightens our awareness of the present. It reconnects us to the “NOW” where peace resides. It increases the Emotional Quotient or EQ, helping us regulate emotions rather than give in and react. On the flip side, the other states — past and future — can likely lead to sadness, worry, or anxiety, emotions that will only disturb the balance and create turmoil within.
Mindfulness meditation also teaches us the valuable lesson our elders took almost a lifetime to learn. Focusing on the positive is the better choice, and worrying is unnecessary. There’s no reason why you need to reach the age of 82 to be more relaxed, centred, and calm. You can have that wisdom and sense of peace right now.
So, start meditating! It’s free yet the rewards are priceless. Find a mindfulness meditation technique that suits you, condition yourself to be patient, and practice every day. Develop the skill and it will transform your life. You’ll be young, wise, and most importantly, at peace and happier.