Ruth Fishel

WRINKLES DON’T  HURT

THE JOY OF AGING MINDFULLY

« When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious
privilege it is to be alive-to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love. »
-Marcus Aurelius

There are at least two powerful reasons for us to move slowly when we wake up in
the morning and not just plunge into activity. The first one is spiritual. When
we begin our morning with prayer and meditation, we are connecting with the God
of our understanding. We are making a decision to follow a spiritual path and to
come from a place of peace and love.
I have found that reading inspirational words brings me to a
very quiet, spiritual place, setting the stage for my day.
Journaling is also wonderful to do. Simply writing what is
going on, expressing something bothersome to you so that it is not kept inside and
festering.
Writing affirmations, or positive statements for something
you would like to change or achieve, can also be done in the morning. Creating an
intention for how you would like to live this day is also a wonderful habit to get
into.
It has been found that people have more strokes and heart
attacks between the times of 6 am and noon. Most people get up and go directly into
their daily activities. Their body experiences a sudden increase in body temperature,
blood pressure, and heart rate. This creates a strain on weak artery walls.
Remember, 20 minutes of meditation is equivalent to two
hours sleep, so by getting up a little earlier to meditate, pray, or doing other
spiritual activities, you won’t be as tired. You will be ready to experience your
day with a healthier body, a clear mind, and an open heart.
I begin each day with prayer and meditation, my quiet time
with God. It is my special time to prepare for my day,
filling my soul with peace and love and joy.

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