The biologic and psychologic age varies greatly between individuals of the same chronologic age.
How you see yourself...seeing yourself older or younger...can directly influence the aging process; therefore, it is important that you keep a positive self-image.

The first step in reducing the aging process is to have positive thoughts and peace of mind. Negative emotions will throw the body out of balance.
Start your day with a loving-kindness meditation. Meditation lowers the biologic age.
keep you inner and outer priorities in balance. Life is often filled with many unavoidable stresses; what matters is how we interpret these stresses. Oftentimes we may need to make a few changes in our lives to reduce the stresses.
An example is giving up a favorite TV show in order to make time for Yoga; or one may even have to think of giving up a promotion in order to free up some time to do the thing that we really love to do. Allow your moments of freedom to accumulate; remain in the sacred ,ever present "NOW."

Our actions can damage or heal the body. Non-violent, peaceful and loving thoughts and actions rejuvenate the body. Negative and violent feelings and actions cause breakdown and disease of the body. Avoid violent TV shows.
Instead watch the nature shows, educational programs and the arts. Take out time to listen to peaceful music, and to the sounds of nature: the birdsong, sound of falling water, the sound of the waves, the splatter of raindrops. Look at the beauty that nature has to offere when you go for a walk.
Avoid people who continually drag you down with their negative thoughts.

Keep active. Exerice daily; this brings energy to the body, and keeps muscle tissue from breaking down. Pay attention to your breathing; keep it refined, slow and regular. Do the type of exercise that you enjoy to do, not what someone else likes. Exercise needs to be psychologically and physically beneficial to keep you doing it on a regular basis.

Get enough sleep, preferably seven to eight hours.

Consume alcohol and caffeine in moderation.

Don't smoke.

Eat a healthy diet that is psychologically satisfying and supplies a balanced set of nutrients. Get plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables. Eat slowly, in moderation, and small portions. Avoid fast foods, if possible.
Drink plenty of fluids (pure water and fresh juices). Listen to your body, it will often tell you what it needs.

Keep mentally and physically active. This will give purpose and meaning to your life. Enjoy and take pride in the work that you do. Keep learning new things, this will keep the brain cells working and healthy.

There are many antiaging products and treatments that your dermatologist can prescribe ,to keep your skin looking youthful. However, I believe that a positive and loving attitude will produce the best result.
Love is the closest thing to the source of life.

Recmmended reading:

Ageless Body,
Timeless Mind.

By: Dr. Deepak Chopra
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Yet the timeless in you is aware of life's
timelessness
and knows that yesterday is but today's memory and tomorrow
is today's dream
and that which sings and contemplates in you
is still dwelling
within the bounds of that moment which
scattered the stars into space.
Kahlil Gibran

[This message was edited by Inda on Monday December 1st, 2003 at 05:54 PM.]
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Dear Inda, thank you for sharing this important message. Much wisdom here indeed.
I have long given up TV ... but mainly to dedicate time to the boards, instead of exercise or yoga, meditation etc.... (of course now and then I DO meditate!).
I don't smoke, I don't drink ...... but ...hmmm .... I love chocolate and ice cream!! ..... and spaghetti too, haha! But thanks to God the mediterranean diet offers much fruit and vegetables too ...
Age? I think rarely of my age ... unless the mirror sends back a funny image of me, which looks quite a bit older than the image of me that I carry within and feel within ...
Miraculous anti-aging fluids do less than the good habit to smile I think.
I could do more to look better probably, but I neglect sleep, as I am so busy sending replies here and elsewhere .... haha ... I always resist until my eyes close .... that's a bad habit I know. But now here it is even too hot to sleep!
One good purpose at the time ... first I'll try to get enough sleep.
Thank you again ...
Love, Margherita Smile

sleeping beauty
Dear Margherita,
I am so happy, I love chocolate as well, and never go without it. I do, however, eat a lot of fruit. I also love delicious French pastry and have that once a week. I did say our diet needs to be psychologically pleasing...hahaha,
i left a loophole.

Love, Inda

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Hello girls

Getting close to 50, I really feel the ageing process has taken a grip on me in a serious way.

I don´t look myself in the mirror too often, but can unfortunately don´t resist feeling the increasing stiffness in my body.

My conclusion from this is that I can not longer stay away from exercise, it is no longer a choice...

And what time have I to use? Guess....
Instead I am all over the places...

Time for restriction....can I?

Love,

Lilie

I used to be very elastic ... I began at 4 with gym. One of the things I do not admit easily, is that I can't be as elastic as I used to be ... so it happens that I TRY to do things I did in the past and pay the consequences ... my sacral bone could tell a story!

Well, girls, I DID some exercise yesterday .... hmmmm ... I didn't take the elevator and climbed the stairs ... (how many? well....two stairs!! ...haha!). The only thing in my favour is that I never climb the stairs slowly, I run upstairs ... two are enough therefore ... to leave me out of breath! But you know what? I LOVE IT! I used to climb the eight stairs up to my office a couple of years ago .... why did I stop? Another good purpose .... not taking the elevator.
btw I slept a little longer than usual .... it's Saturday after all!
Can't wait to have time to go to swim. That's my summer happiness ..... but my job is unfair with working hours ... until now I never came out of the office in time to go to swim ... during the week-end there are too many people in the pool to swim without distraction ... I am justifying myself !!!
Girls I love you.
Have a beautiful week-end .... with some consciousness regarding the process of maintaining youth ... I am mostly unaware of my age as I said already ... of course this could be embarrassing at times ...
Loving you.
Margherita Smile Razz Roll Eyes Wink
Dear Margherita,
thank you for the advice.
I do my Yoga first thing in the morning when I wake up, every morning.
I live in a three story house, so I climb stairs every day.
My office is on the 7th floor, approximately 165 steps, so usually I take the elevator Red Face.
I do walk to and from the office every day which is about 4 -5 km in total.

I'm still not giving up those goodies! Big Grin Red Face

Thank you Gisele and Lilie.
Here are images for each of you.

First of all Gisele,
Here is your coffee! Razz

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