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Even the elderly should exercise

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Research has found that older runners live longer and suffer fewer disabilities than healthy non–runners. This observation applies to a variety of aerobic exercises, including walking.

A study by authors, from Stanford University School of Medicine, published in the Archives of Internal Medicine has shown that being active reduces disability and increases survival.

There are benefits of vigorous activity late in life. Earlier many experts believed that vigorous exercise would actually harm older individuals. And running, in particular, would result in an epidemic of joint and bone injuries. But this new study proves otherwise.

Two hundred and eighty–four runners and 156 healthy “controls,” or non–runners, in California completed annual questionnaires over a 21–year period. The participants were 50 years old or over at the beginning of the study and ran an average of about four hours a week. By the end of the study period, the participants were in their 70s or 80s or older and ran about 76 minutes a week. At 19 years, just 15 percent of the runners had died, compared with 34 percent of the non–runners.

In the study, running delayed the onset of disability by an average of 16 years. It’s so important to be physically active your whole life, not just in your 20s or 40s, but forever.

Exercise is like the most potent drug. Exercise is by far the best thing you can do.

One should take lessons from Yudhishthir in Mahabharata who walked till his death. However a word of caution, if an elderly person is walking or entering into an exercise program, he or she should have a cardiac evaluation done to rule out underlying heart blockages.

How to Finish your Pending Work?

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  1. This involves principles of time management including some Vedic principles.
  2. The first thing to do is to make a checklist of all the pending work by writing it down and re–categorizing them depending upon the urgency and importance.
  3. Pending work can be classified under following four sections:
  • Urgent and important: Should be done immediately.
  • Important but not urgent: Should be scheduled as per the time available
  • Urgent but not important: This work should be delegated to others
  • Not important and not urgent: One should learn to say no and dump it

4. Urgency of the work is decided by the deadlines available.

5. The importance of the work is decided by directing the result of the work to the mind, body or the soul. One should see whether the result of the work gives pleasure to the body, mind or the soul. The one that gives pleasure to the soul will be free of fear or guilt.

6. When choosing between simple or difficult tasks, choose the difficult first so that you do not carry them back home in the mind. In terms of importance, difficult files are more important than simple files.

7. When choosing right versus convenient action, give priority to the right action and not the convenient action.

8. Delegation of work: Team work is very important.

9. When deadlines are available, it is always better not to keep the work just near the deadlines.

10. Anticipate delay and keep time for unforeseen movements.

11. Work is work and not something personal.

12. Always remember the spiritual principle that you get what you deserve and not what you desire. So never associate yourself to the results of your actions.

13. Yoga, pranayama, afternoon naps and meditation help to prioritize your work.

14. Follow the principles of creativity and learn to take breaks in between the work so that the mind is relaxed and can take soul boosting decisions.

15. Remember, Yudhishthir never kept anything pending for tomorrow. This way you can have a fearless, undisturbed sleep.

16. Organizing your pending list always helps.

17. Do not waste time on learning material on which you are already an expert.

18. Take advantage of down time. If you find free time in your routine, then convert it into a creative time so that you can plan strategies or do something new.

19. Always get up at the same time and never disturb your sleep time.

Direct all your energy towards the soul and not the ego

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The epic Mahabharata can also be understood as a science of inner Mahabharata happening in everybody’s mind.

Lord Krishna symbolizes the consciousness and the five Pandavas, the five positive qualities of a person namely, righteousness (Yudhishthir), focus (Arjuna), power to fight injustice (Bheem), helping others (Sahdev) and learning to be neutral in difficult situations (Nakul). Panchali indicates the five senses, which can only be controlled when these five forces are together.

Dhritarashtra symbolizes ignorance, Duhshasan negative ruling quality (dusht while ruling) and Duryodhana (dusht in yudh) one who is not balanced in war.

Conscious-based decisions need to be taken to kill the negativity in the mind. Every action, if directed towards the consciousness or the soul, is the right action. To kill all the 100 Kauravas (the 100 negative tendencies a person can have) controlled by Duryodhan and Duhshasan along with Shakuni (the negative power of cunningness), positive qualities have to be redirected towards consciousness and then take right decisions.

The five Pandavas (positive qualities) made soul (Lord Krishna) as their point of reference (Sarthi) and won over the evils (Kauravas).

Bhishma Pitamah, Karna and Dronacharya, individually all had winning powers; but, they all supported negative thoughts and made Duryodhana as their point of reference and ultimately had to die.

The message is very clear, if one directs his or her positive powers towards ego as the reference point in long run, they will be of no use and, in fact, will be responsible for one’s destruction.

Ravana too was a great scholar but he directed all his energies and powers towards his ego and ended up in misery.

Therefore, one should cultivate a positive mental attitude, positive thoughts instead of directing them towards desire, attachment or ego and should direct them to soul/consciousness for a positive outcome.

(Disclaimer: The views expressed in this write up are my own)

Top Characters of Mahabharata

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To be in harmony with the body (five elements represented by Draupadi), one must acquire five qualities or in other terms live a focused life, full of strength and not being disturbed with loss or gain and finally working for the welfare of the society without having any partiality towards anyone.

  1. Balanced mind: Yudhishthir (“sthir” or balanced in “yudh” or disturbed state of mind)
  2. Focused vision (Arjuna)
  3. Using internal power or strength (Bhima)
  4. Not being partial or remaining neutral (Nakul)
  5. Working for the welfare of the society (Sahdev)

With this, one can kill 100 negative qualities that a person can have (the 100 Kauravs). The hundred negative qualities are acquired because of cunningness (Shakuni), not working with the eyes of the soul (Dhritarashtra) and keeping a blind eye to any wrong happening (Gandhari).

The main negative qualities are taking decisions in day–to–day life situations (Duryodhana: dusht in yudha or war) and choosing wrong choices as a ruler (dusshasana: dusht and shasan).

The positive qualities once acquired will also win over other negative qualities like blind faith or undue attachments (Bhishma pitamaha); unrighteous loyalty (Dronacharya) and unrighteous ego (Karna).

(Disclaimer: The views expressed in this write up are my own).

How to Finish Your Pending Work?

By Dr K K Aggarwal
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  • This involves principles of time management and some Vedic principles.
  • The first thing to do is to make a checklist of all the pending work by writing it down and re–categorizing them depending upon the urgency and importance.
  • Pending work can be classified under following four sections:
    • Urgent and important: Should be done immediately.
    • Important but not urgent: Should be scheduled as per the time available
    • Not important and not urgent: One should learn to say no and dump it
    • Urgent but not important: This work should be delegated to others.
  • Urgency of the work is decided by the deadlines available.
  • The importance of the work is decided by directing the result of the work to the mind, body or the soul. One should see whether the result of the work gives pleasure to the body, mind or the soul. The one which is giving pleasure to the soul will be free of fear or guilt.
  • When choosing files between simple or difficult, choose the difficult first so that you do not carry them back home in the mind. In terms of importance, difficult files are more important than simple files.
  • When choosing right versus convenient action, give priority to the right action and not the convenient action.
  • Delegation of work – team work is very important.
  • When deadlines are available, it is always better not to keep the work just near the deadlines.
  • Anticipate delay and keep time for unforeseen movements.
  • Work is work and not something personal.
  • Always remember the spiritual principle that you get what you deserve and not what you desire. So never get linked to the results of your actions.
  • Yoga, pranayama, afternoon naps and meditation help to prioritize your work.
  • Follow the principles of creativity and learn to give breaks in between the work so that the mind is relaxed and can take soul boosting decisions.
  • Remember, Yudhishthir never kept anything pending for tomorrow. In this way you can have a fearless, undisturbed sleep.
  • Organizing your pending list always helps.
  • Do not waste time on learning material on which you are already an expert.
  • Take advantage of down time. If you find free time in your routine, then convert it into a creative time so that you can plan strategies or do something new.
  • Always get up at the same time and never disturb your sleep time.

(Disclaimer: The views expressed in this write up are my own).

Even the elderly should exercise

By Dr K K Aggarwal
Filed Under Wellness | Tagged With: , , , , , , | | Comments Off on Even the elderly should exercise

Research has found that older runners live longer and suffer fewer disabilities than healthy non runners. This observation applies to a variety of aerobic exercises including walking. A study by authors from Stanford University School of Medicine published in the Archives of Internal Medicine has shown that being active reduces disability and increases survival. There are benefits of vigorous activity late in life. Earlier many experts believed that vigorous exercise would actually harm older individuals. And running in particular would result in an epidemic of joint and bone injuries. But this new study proves otherwise. Two hundred and eighty four runners and 156 healthy controls or non runners in California completed annual questionnaires over a 21 year period. The participants were 50 years old or over at the beginning of the study and ran an average of about four hours a week. By the end of the study period the participants were in their 70s or 80s or older and ran about 76 minutes a week. At 19 years just 15 percent of the runners had died compared with 34 percent of the non runners. In the study running delayed the onset of disability by an average of 16 years. It s so important to be physically active your whole life not just in your 20s or 40s but forever. Exercise is like the most potent drug. Exercise is by far the best thing you can do. One should take lessons from Yudhishthir in Mahabharata who walked till his death. However a word of caution if an elderly is walking or entering into an exercise program he or she should have a cardiac evaluation done to rule out underlying heart blockages.