Thursday, February 16, 2012

Healthy Living Secrets of Briget Menezes Revealed

Briget Menezes (New Straits Times)

Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity. ~World Health Organization, 1948

Briget Menezes, who is 75, running two weekly newspaper columns, becoming an author  and motivator, discloses her inner secrets of staying young while growing old in a recent New Straits Times interview on January 28, 2012. Here is an extract of what she has said about living a healthy life:

On staying physically active

·         Healthy aging  is a goal, not anti-aging

·         Growing old is in inevitable, occasionally there may be forgetfulness or some aches and pains, but she laughs it off with good humor.

·         Menezes believes in the importance of exercise and has maintained an active lifestyle since her 20s, but emphasized that efforts is required for both mental and physical fitness. She said with regular exercise and a positive outlook, an inner greatness is built which protects oneself from illness.

·         She is a vegetarian, and I eat vegetables with the colors of the rainbow.

·         She goes for a brisk walk three times a week, covering about five kilometers in one hour. She exercises basically to be mobile so that when she is required to run, she can run.

·         Her motto is to live a healthy life – rise with the sun and if possible exercise in the morning because our body clock takes its cue from the sunlight to release hormones to function well.

On strong and healthy mind

·         Menezes said she practices Raja Yoga Meditation to maintain a state of calm that refreshes the mind and relaxes the body. She said meditation gently and naturally opens to our perception, producing insights and experiences that bring lasting changes to our lives. Meditation heals old wounds and restores our capacity to love, to learn and adapt, to envision, and to build a better future. In short, it awakens us and our interaction with other, based on respect and love, instead of selfishness and dependence.

·         About 70% of her physical fitness level is due to the positive state of mind. She always tries to keep her mind cool without much fluctuation, accepting people and situations as they are. Change the inner attitude and you can change the outer aspects. It’s about inside out. When our thoughts are stable and steadfast, the breath level is found to be rhythmic in the vicinity of 14 to 16 times per minutes, which is a sign of a healthy life. To her, everything starts with the mind, as a healthy mind creates a healthy body. Though silence, our mind becomes strong and stable, and we are able to manage our thoughts better and take charge of our lives.

·         She handles stress by learning to respond in an appropriate way. Stress is not caused by people, events pressures, or environment. It is created by how we respond to all these. As long as you feel others should change for us to become tension free, we will always remain in dependency and fear.

On the ways to live a healthy life

·         Most importantly, think positive and be happy because the magic elixir of positivity can work miracles, transforming and healing illnesses. Remember, where there is happiness, there is also health and wealth. A happy disposition increases the level of endorphins and lowers the production of stress hormones.

·         In a nutshell, a healthy lifestyle is not a difficult goal to achieve. The basis factors are a positive frame of mind, good rest, positive interaction, emotional stability, invigorating exercise, proper diet and a fulfilling job.

·         You must remove fear. Fear is stress, fear is pain, fear attracts fear. As for death, she welcomes it, because she knows that only the body dies but the souls is eternal

The body is like a piano, and happiness is like music. It is needful to have the instrument in good order. ~ Henry Ward Beecher (1813 – 1887)

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