Meditation - one of the few PROVEN ways to protect and even repair & lengthen your telomeres (those caps on the end of your chromosomes that stop them 'unraveling').
Longer telomeres are associated with being younger - biologically.
There are many different types of meditation - and I do a mixture of these depending upon my mood - and what I feel I need on any given day.
I tend to gravitate towards Loving Kindness (Metta) Meditations most of all, although Yoga Nidra is excellent - especially of I'm having trouble falling asleep.
I also love to practice the Relaxation Response - created by the Grand-Daddy of Mind/Body Medicine, Dr Herbert Benson. I had the huge privilege of training under him at Harvard Medical School's Benson Henry Institute for Mind/Body Medicine.
Watch for meditation downloads coming to this site very soon!
How do you meditate? I'd love to hear what works for you.
10 Minutes Well Spent . . .
Black gooseberry fool - vegan, gluten free, healthy and delicious! Directions: I used exotic black gooseberries (!), but you could use any kind. Simmer these down in a tiny amount of water - I added just a little granulated coconut nectar to sweeten.
Then layer with thick Greek style coconut yoghurt. (I used Cocoyo as it is intensely thick and creamy and not sour like some yoghurts - the gooseberries are sour-ish - so you need to balance the flavours).
I had some leftover ground walnut/date cheesecake base, so I popped some of this in the bottom of the glass to add a bit of extra texture and sprinkled a little on top but this is not mandatory 😉
Layer, decorate and eat!
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Happiness takes practice - it doesn't just happen - as if by magic. Practice gratitude, be mindful, even do my 'fake it 'til you make it' trick (where you put a pencil horizontally between your teeth - which engages the smile muscles and tricks your neural pathways into thinking you are happy - and then you feel happy!) All of these are proven to work happiness growth strategies. How do you grow your happiness levels?
Choosing to be happy - or even joyful - is vitally important to your health.
Here's why . . . Our brains rewire themselves constantly to reflect our most frequent thoughts and emotions - it makes it easier and quicker for us to access those states in future. So, if, for example, you dwell on sad, dark and depressing thoughts, your brain will wire itself to be better at accessing those thoughts faster and more easily - obviously, we don't want this! It is also true that if you associate with depressed or negative-thinking people, your brain will 'mirror' these states - again, allowing you to be able to access these down states more easily. Allowed to continue, this becomes your default brain state.
So, it is extremely important to take responsibility for accessing positive brain states, such as happiness and joy - and the more you practice these states, this will become your default - so that you just become naturally happier overall - more easily and more sustainably.
Jayney's top happiness tip: I use Metta Meditation for example to help me in my happiness practice. It is a form of meditation in which you send loving kindness to yourself, others and to our beautiful planet. There are many free to access Metta Meditations all over the internet and please check back as I will be posting a Metta download here later for you. With love and happiness! Jayney xx
The original text of the poem Ode to Joy by Friedrich Schiller - 1785 which was later used by Beethoven for his 9th Symphony.
Jayney's Delicious Anti-Ageing Smoothie of the Day
My Super Anti-ageing Smoothie recipe of the day to rewind your body-clock.
Let's lengthen those telomeres!
Fresh or frozen berries - your choice . . I just found red gooseberries in the farmers market and they are so sweet and delicious (maybe too exotic for a smoothie - we shall see). Berries should be organic as they tend to be highly contaminated with pesticides etc. See my article on "The Clean Fifteen and the Dirty Dozen" for more info about this.
Spinach - pro tip - I always keep a stash of frozen organic spinach in the freezer - just in case of emergencies - who among us has not had a spinach emergency?
Bananas - organic is ideal
Flaxseed - remember to keep your nuts and seeds in the fridge - they contain delicate oils that can go rancid, even at room temperature - and this rancid oil is highly toxic - so beware! Note - if you are using a high speed blender flax seed is fine to use - however, if you are just using an ordinary kitchen blender, ground flax seed is a bit easier.
Coconut water - you can buy this pretty easily now - but if you don't have it then just use water or a nut mylk - your choice.
Ice cubes - if you like them and you want your smoothie to be chilly. Ice cubes will tend to thicken your smoothie - which can be helpful.
Whizz up and enjoy!
Jayney Goddard is one of the world's leading experts in the field of complementary medicine and natural healthcare. Her passion is natural anti-ageing; Jayney teaches people how to rewind their biological clocks so that they are more resilient to the diseases of ageing. The strategies Jayney uses are grounded in excellent science and have been shown to halt and even reverse those conditions we associate with ageing.