Keep Your mind healthy
Modern medicine has brought us revolutionary advances that support better health. But, is the health that modern medicine supports what we mean by true healing? I think not. True healing is not just revolutionary but actually evolutionary. Over millions of years, we have gradually evolved to become self-organizing creatures capable of self-correcting and self-healing in the face of the vast majority of problems that beset us.
This weekend, I attended the birthday party of my grand-nephew. He turned two. He was happily playing outside with his older cousin when it came time to come inside for cupcake-time. My grand-nephew threw a fit.
Who knew that active bipedalism could be so good for our brains!
Some evidence: A study found that in a sample of 900 men and women aged 65 and over, those who were active walkers, joggers, gardeners, dancers or bicyclers had noticeably thicker gray matter in their brains compared to those were not active exercisers at the start of the study.
I don’t know about you, but I find it a daily challenge to distinguish between being busy and being engaged, between doing what is urgent and doing what matters, and between being full and being satiated and gratified.
Research on what sustains long-term mental vitality offers us clues about how these distinctions can be made each day.