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Balancing the quantity and the quality of life…

Many rich people and also well-known researchers in the world are very ambigious in prolonging human life. Something which is very natural. Especially after economic and technological advancements in the the last decades. Few who dive deeper, life is not only about quantity but also quality.

Long age without health means long suffering. Prolonged age without the presence of the love ones means long loneliness. The quantity increase in age without quality means meeting hell here on earth. For that reason, let contemplate together, how to balance between quantity of life and the quality of life. First of all, let’s focus on increasing the quantity of life, then we will balance it with quality.

For your information, the latest findings in longevity research have highlighted several key areas of progress, focusing on genetic, molecular, and lifestyle factors that contribute to extending healthy lifespan.

Firstly, gut microbiome. The gut microbiome’s composition significantly impacts aging and longevity. Research has shown that a diverse and balanced gut microbiome can enhance immune function, reduce inflammation, and improve overall health. Probiotics and dietary interventions aimed at optimizing the gut microbiota are being explored as strategies to promote longevity. As further explanation, from the ancient time of Greek has been shared, the health of gut determine 80 % of physical health.

Secondly, lifestyle interventions: Regular physical activity, a balanced diet rich in fruits and vegetables, and adequate sleep are consistently linked to longer, healthier lives. Recent studies emphasize the importance of maintaining muscle mass and strength through resistance training, which helps prevent age-related sarcopenia (muscle loss) and supports metabolic health. One of Harvard professor shared in youtube, without enough exercise, the muscles will weaken around 3 % each year. That’s why there are many senior people live their old age in wheel chair.

Thirdly, epigenetics. Epigenetic changes, which involve modifications to DNA that do not alter the genetic code but affect gene expression, play a crucial role in aging. Techniques such as DNA methylation analysis are being used to develop “epigenetic clocks” that can predict biological age more accurately than chronological age. Interventions that reverse age-related epigenetic changes, such as the use of Yamanaka factors (a set of proteins involved in cellular reprogramming), have shown potential in preclinical studies to rejuvenate cells and tissues. Dr. Bruce Lipton as founder of epigenetics explicitlye share many times the importance of gene expression.

Since healthy and happy life are made by both quantity and quality, now let’s explore together the qualitative sides. To be franks, a healthy and happy life encompasses various qualitative aspects that contribute to overall well-being and life satisfaction. Here are some of key elements.

Firstly, mental and emotional well-being. Mental health is as crucial as physical health. Practices such as mindfulness, meditation, and stress management help maintain emotional balance. Positive relationships, a sense of purpose, and engaging in fulfilling activities contribute significantly to emotional well-being.

Secondly, work and life balance. Balancing professional responsibilities with personal time is crucial. Adequate leisure and relaxation time prevent burnout and promote overall happiness. In the spiritual family of Compassion Bali, students have long been guided to always take good care of family. Remember, without airport, aircraft will certainly fall, without happy family soul journey can easily fall.

Thirdly, purpose and meaning. Having a sense of purpose and goals gives direction and motivation. Whether through work, hobbies, or volunteer activities, pursuing passions and contributing to something larger than oneself fosters a sense of fulfillment and happiness. Quoting from Mahayana Buddhism, when you’re full of compassion, there are many spiritual protectors who will guard you along the journey.

Fourthly, social connections. Strong social ties with family, friends, and community provide emotional support, reduce stress, and enhance feelings of belonging. Social engagement and meaningful interactions are vital for mental health and longevity. Longest research conducted by Harvard University explicitly concluded, the most important factor that influencing longevity is the quality of our relationship with the closed ones.

Fifth, personal Growth. Continuous learning and self-improvement through education, hobbies, or new experiences keep the mind active and engaged. Personal growth contributes to a sense of achievement and satisfaction. Henry Ford once said, the age of person is closely related with their age of learning.

In summary, a healthy and happy life is multifaceted, involving physical health, mental and emotional well-being, strong social connections, a sense of purpose, a positive environment, personal growth, and a balanced lifestyle. These elements together create a holistic approach to living well.

As I keep sharing from one meditation session to another meditation session: “The key is not to put more years in your life, but to put more life in your years”. The practical meditation steps are easy, simple yet deep. In breath: “I am happy with my life”. Out breath: “I am sharing happiness to the world”.

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Shambala meditation center: bellofpeace.org, belkedamaian.org

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About the author

H.H. Guruji Gede Prama

Gede Prama started his spiritual journey through a dialogue with his symbolic Guru in a village at the north of Bali. The journey is then being enriched with his experiences of studying abroad, his meetings with the world greatest spiritual Gurus: His Holiness Dalai Lama, The Venerable Thich Nhat Hanh, as well as Professor Karen Armstrong; and also being deepened by his intense meditation practices.

Despite the fact that he was once a CEO of a large corporation with thousand of employees, and was traveling abroad frequently for the purpose of teaching, yet, being deeply moved by the Bali bombing incident in 2002, he then decided to leave everything and went back to his home island.
He has never leave Bali for the past few years. In fact, he rarely leaves the silence of the forest where he lives, except for the purpose of teaching at the sacred sites within Bali.

more details on Gede Prama can be found on https://www.gedeprama.com

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