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9 Activities Linked to a Longer Life

UCLA biologists have found a gene that can slow the aging process in the entire body when activated in specific organ systems.  While working with fruit flies, these scientists activated a gene known as AMPK that is an important energy sensor in cells; which gets activated when cellular energy levels are getting low.

dna_2759155b“AMP-activated protein kinase—an energy sensor that regulates all aspects of cell function. AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK) is a sensor of energy status that maintains cellular energy homeostasis.” - D. Grahame Hardie

In the study scientists found that increasing the amount of AMPK in fruit flies’ intestines increased their lifespans by about 30 percent.  This puts them living around 8 weeks instead of the average 6 weeks.

This is like the average person who lives to be almost 80 to around 104 years.   What is also interesting is that not only do the fruit flies live longer but they were healthier as well.

Now imagine if we applied this genetic technique to someone who is already supposed to live to be over 100 years old?

There is a whole group of people, known as Centenarians, that have lived to be over 100 years old. We have found a short documentary about two Supercentenarians, from the Spice Mountains of South Western India who have lived to be over 110!  Check it out below!

 If you found that interesting there are rumors that a man in China lived to be around 250 years old! Li Ching Yuen was an herbalist who practiced Qigong and said his secret to long life was to possess the following traits in your life:

  • Tranquil mind
  • Sit like a tortoise
  • Walk sprightly like a pigeon
  • Sleep like a dog

In addition to that list here are 9 Activities that are linked to a longer life!

© Copyright 2010 CorbisCorporation1. Being Spiritual-  Having some sort of spiritual practice or belief has been linked to longer lives.  You don’t have to be a specific religion or even believe in God to qualify for this category.  Having a reverence for life and believing in something more than yourself is enough to enjoy the benefits of a longer life.

2. Health or Healing knowledge- As you heard in the video above both of our Supercentenarians were known for their knowledge and ability to heal others.  Perhaps the knowledge of healing isn’t only for ourselves.  Perhaps science will find a spark of longevity in those who take the time to ease the suffering of others.

elderly13. Being Positive- Joy, laughter and having a good outlook at life is important for maintaining your youth.  Make sure you are laughing every day and finding ways to surround yourself with happy people and activities that make you smile.  If you plan on living a long time you might as well have a happy life.

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4. Healthy Diet- Both of our Supercentenarians had unique diets.  Studies have shown that if you want to live longer you need to at least double the amount of fruits and veggies that you are eating each day.  Having an alkaline diet can restore the body and make it hard for diseases to take root!  (Click on this chart to see a great guide for healthy eating!)

 

imgres5. Have Creative Hobbies- Having hobbies that keep you in touch with your imagination are important for maintaining the health of your mind.   Music, Art, Inventing, Learning, and Sports are all wonderful examples of things that we can keep doing even when we are older to keep expanding our minds.  No one wants to Die of Boredom.

6. Be Social- Woman appear to live longer than men because they generally have a more established social circle.  Having friends to share in experiences and memories can be the secret to not only living longer but having a reason to keep on living.  It has also been shown that people who don’t marry or are not in a loving partnership are much more likely to die of heart disease.  WOW, its almost like dying of a broken heart when you think about it!

url7. Stay Connected to Nature- Both of our examples above had a strong connection to and respect for nature.  Keeping our planet healthy is important to keeping ourselves healthy.  If we destroy our sources of fresh water, food and air how can we expect or even want to live a long life?  Walking around barefooted and having a direct connection to the earth has also been linked to a long and healthy life!

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8. Be Active- Make sure you get up and move around after reading this article because research has shown that sitting for long bouts of time put people at risk for shorter lifespans and other health risks.  A study done in 2011 found that each time we sit for 1 hour and watch TV, after the age of 25, we deduct 22 minutes from our overall life expectancy!

9. Spend time with the Youth- Being with children, telling stories, playing and remembering what life was like when you were young helps you keep a youthful spirit and stay young.  Women who wait to have kids until they are in their 40s have actually been proven to live longer.  Children can teach us so much about being excited and happy in our lives.

NeverGrowOld-71463There are many examples of people living longer, healthier lives.  Perhaps the biggest secret is starting while we are young to listen to the older more experienced people in our lives.  If nothing else it will help keep them younger longer.  Maybe they can also teach us how to enjoy life now and take better care of our bodies and minds.

Maybe its time to stop and smell the roses…

What do you do to stay young?  Let us know in the comments!

Thank you for reading,

Kirsten

Spirit Team

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This brilliant cartoon blows the lid off of gender equality

What is a woman?

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or should the question be…. what are you?

Watch 8-Bit Philosophies, What is Woman, to find out.. well… because for some reason, it’s still HIStory:

So, what did you think of the video?

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I asked my love how she felt about this video,

Here is her response;

“I mean despite the establishment made in 1920 which prohibits any gender based discrimination, inequalities are still present to this very day. Woman are constantly degraded in today’s liberal society up to the point where they remain faceless. These woman are treated as F’ing nameless, emotionless, and faceless freaking objects and it’s F’ing sad. The struggle for inequality keeps on, woman are still considered or viewed as inferior to men. We are constantly looked upon as unqualified to be in this position where we can hold power because we have “emotional issues”. Babe this topic makes me angry. We are still falling victim to discrimination in the world of politics today, as we have always. But we choose to fall in that direction. We are blind, I mean yeah we are deprived from all these constant chronic let downs, however, we are equally free.

We should be enlightening them of the things they are capable of doing whatever they want to set their mind to. This so called sexism issue shouldn’t even be an issue. We give life to it therefore it exists and never ceases to exist in many women’s lives. They begin to feel inferior or worthless and in reaction, not speaking up. These countless forms of symbolic expressions can be so impactful that give woman the power to silence hecklers who attack the vulnerable entities.

Women can rise up & choose the correct paths. Why do we let men get in the way of our capabilities..?

We can:

-Stand our ground

-Educate those who are vulnerable & don’t know much about intentions to change their perspectives regarding these superintended discriminatory experiences

-Find solutions for sexism & gradual silence (many woman have been neglected causing them to hush their voice) the voice they have to defeat

-Break down barriers

Why is discrimination still a biotic factor?

A freaking biotic apprehension, now that’s a b1^(#.”

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She’s right, as humans we have far more ability than we lead ourselves to believe, after years and years of constant put downs. If you’re a guy and do not understand how far under the bus woman have been placed, could you let me try to translate? Let’s say you have a dream. Mostly everyone is telling you that the dream won’t come true. After many tellings and failures, you give. The dream doesn’t come true. Now imagine that for almost every little thing for the simple factor of being a girl. From construction and color choices to football and fireworks. Constantly being told by the world “No, you can’t do that because that’s not what ladies do” Hobblesquash!! “that’s what ladies do”! *PSH*

Me: Hunny you wanna help me mow the law?

Her: I’ll get the weed whacker if you use the leaf blower this time.

Me: Deal!

We are humans. I feel it is time we start acting like it and stop playing gender roles. It was a fun game while we we’re blind, now we are not. Are we still going to sit here? Or are we going to get up an act on reality?

I know what the Mrs. and I will be doing. Being Human.

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3 Celebrities who use their Stardom for Conscious Awakening!

As we become more consciously aware, we come to the conclusion that there is something intense and unbalanced about the way that we create “celebrities” in the world. Hundreds of thousands, if not millions of people all putting their focus on individual people – movie stars, musicians, and even politicians… for those on the receiving end of such mass attention, it can send one off the deep end. This is also in-part why so many “celebrities” have redonkulous ego’s and strong drug problems…

But it’s not ALL for naught, for what is a Celebrity but someone who is celebrated? And if we can all learn to celebrate each other, we can all live the lives we want to, we can all be loved and respected by our peers and those around us.

Here is a list of 3 amazing people who from their own merits have been put in the public eye and spotlight, and instead of using their attention to build up their ego’s, they use the attention to spread information and awareness and ideas that are otherwise considered unorthodox and out of the box… and it’s awesome! They are also the 3 most inspirational people to me who contributed a lot to my own spiritual growth and awakening. Thank you guys!!

 

Russell Brand

You’ve probably seen Russell Brand being a total bad assT over the past few years, reminding the world what’s really going on and spitting out some spiritual truths. He’s been on various news shows, podcasts and interviews where he discusses the importance of connection, the government, media, the fact that we aren’t just material beings and much more!

The message he brings is especially important coming from someone who has lived within the Hollywood realm, and now wants to break free from it. He’s taken part in the games the media and corporations play, endlessly distracting and distorting our perception of the world. Now he wants to set this paradigm right by bringing the people together to create a consciousness revolution!

 

Joe Rogan

Remember the host of the show Fear Factor? Maybe not, and if you do he seemed like a very ’3D’ oriented person, focusing on realities shows and making money. He has shifted to the desire of spreading truth and awakening the world. His podcast The Joe Rogan Experience features various friends and celebrities discussing three hours of whatever they’d like.

The topics range from float tanks, mysteries of the world, government ongoings, what needs to change, health and fitness,  the positive effects of certain drugs and the list goes on. His show ‘Question everything’ has a good message and ideas behind it even though each episode seems to have him be overly skeptical about each topic they explore. It feels like he needs to put on that vibe because its on television.

Jim Carrey

Jim Carrey has always been exceptionally strange, and amazing. In this speech he talks about an awakening he experienced after reading Eckhart Tolle. He says thought is responsible for the suffering we all experience and that  in this experience he could look at the thoughts from another’s perspective.

It was through this that he experienced a transcendant and expansive feeling of freedom. An experience that many have described experiencing as well. In that state, the individual “he” became everything and everyone all at once, Jim ceased to exist, and in his place was no longer a fragment of the universe, but the universe itself.

With love,
Lexie Laredo

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They thought that they could drill for oil and move on. They are wrong!

pipes through amazonThe amazon is changing. I can’t exactly say if it is for the better or the worse. Worse because of these oil companies wasting the lube of our planet and sickening everyone and thing around and in their business. And the possibility of the better, because there are people like this young lady and others in the Amazon whom are determined to save this planet from ourselves. I feel as if  Amazon Watch’s perseverance of love might be tipping the scale a bit ;).

It is from the amazon that the breath of the world comes

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Is it healing or fading away?

 

Watch Amazon Watch‘s video to find out more about what supercalifragilisticexpialidocious things they are working on, for, and towards.

Amazon Watch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_sRDxXWkCnM

She has a point, places that drill for oil are in far more physical poverty than places that do not. It’s not just humans who are dealing with the consequences of  our blood lines actions. Every organism in the amazon is suffering too. There is far more to life than profit. There is LIFE. That should be our main concern, keeping alive what happens so rarely in this VAST UNIVERSE.

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Let’s make a better world together! If it’s to be, it’s up to me. (and you too)

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Recipe for Change ~ Earthship Documentary & Review

The Earthship team take to Ushuaia, Argentina to set up a sustainable earth-ship community in a part of the world that is in desperate need of something new. Ushuaia was once a thriving place.

2ushuaia44The water was fresh, the air was clean, and every moment was a beautiful exploration into nature. But as the human population grew, more and more people flooded into the environment and slowly started damaging the ecosystem. The human waste was not treated with care, and the entire bay area was filled up with shit.

The Argentinian government dug that area out and used it as a landfill, creating an even more concentrated area of shit (literally) right next to it. A large part of the population is without electricity, and they are on the brink of starvation. Life in this area is literally a living hell.

To create a shift, the Earthship team go in to build an Earthship, demonstrate community, and make a difference. You can watch the full documentary right here.

 

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This documentary does a lot of good things, and also falls short in a couple of areas. One thing I love is that they genuinely go into the problems that the locals are experiencing and the problems that we are facing as a species, not just in Ushuaia, but everywhere. There is a stress and a big focus that YES – There IS something wrong, there is something that is of genuine concern that if we don’t do anything to stop it, we will all be faced with the same problems that Ushuaia is currently faced with.

And that’s one thing this movie presented really well was a community of concerned individuals who cared enough to try and do something about it, and thus the creation of the earthship comes into manifestation. While this is beautiful, I personally would have loved to see more discussion and demonstration about how the earthships are made, and how the building of it could have solved some of the more major problems that Ushuaia is faced with.

It does feel at times as though this weight of just how bad things are, however, is not fully addressed on the other side of what can be done about it. By the end of the movie, we are shown a rather large group (probably between 50 to 100 people or more) who got together to create and build this earthship and yet – what problems have really been solved?

earthshippThe home that they build is absolutely incredible, but it felt to me like there wasn’t enough engagement with the local community who live in Ushuaia to actually come together and build a community of earthships together. Instead, it was seemingly mostly americans who were working on the project. There is even a particular part where they interviewed a local woman who says something like “You know If there’s a nice place down there for me to live that’s great and i’ll be a little better off.. but if not i’ll get by on my own up here”.

And while there’s nothing inherently “bad” about this, it just seems to feel like the old saying “Catch a fish for a man, feed him for a day…” saying. We can go down there and build an earthship if we want to, but unless the entire community of locals are engaging with each other to radically change their way of life, we haven’t really solved any problems, even if we have demonstrated what community looks like. We have to demonstrate what it looks like to the point that everyone around is so enthralled with the results that they have no choice but to WANT to be involved and jump on in!

Ultimately, I’m proud of these guys for going down there and giving it their all. They displayed a tremendous amount of fortitude to build such an incredible structure out of raw materials in 30 days.

I feel like it’s a good start and heading in the right direction, all that is required now is getting more people involved and engaged with the forward motion of creating something new and changing the planet. If you want to learn more about Earthships, please check out the main website here.

With love,
Jordan

 

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Tapping into your Memories from Before the Birth of our Sun!

In a recent article we discussed the latest scientific discovery that all of the water on this planet predates the sun. This is a wild and exciting discovery because of all of the implications it brings to our understanding of who we are, and where we came from.

Consider that water is fundamental to life. Our physical vessels are predominantly water, with smaller amounts of other, more solid materials. We are primarily a biological living body of water, the same water that was used in the creation of all life on earth. The very same water that was created long before our solar system even existed.

Now, if we couple that information with the information discussed in the Spirit Science video about Water, we get a new picture altogether about our ancient selves.

Water holds memories, water contains and carries information through it. It actually makes a lot of sense considering what we know about the human body and the mental programs we write. Those programs and ultimately our entire mental capacity is stored in a variety of mental, emotional, and physical systems that are all built upon a physical foundation of water synthesizing with other elements.

With that information, would it not stand to reason that through our own DNA and the parts of ourselves that are made of water we would be able to access the ancient information from beyond even the creation of this solar system?

planetwaterWhat if the water on this planet used to be on another planet? A planet with memories of another time and another space…. What if we could tap into that through meditation and spiritual practices? What cosmic information would we learn and discover through such explorations?

Perhaps it’s a stretch, perhaps the water that makes up our bodies were just floating in space doing nothing from before it all came together on this planet, and perhaps there are not many memories for us to tap into…

I’m certainly open to that…. and even then, tapping into what it feels like for hydrogen and oxygen to come together and create water out in the deep recesses of space is probably euphoric enough to merit a meditation on the subject.. or a whole bunch.

Give it a go, and share your experiences in the comments!

With love,
Jordan Pearce

Seeking Higher Consciousness