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A Long Life

by Michael Levy(more info)

listed in personal growth, originally published in issue 181 - April 2011

"Let Joy be your feelings, Love your attire, Peace your guide and you will discover a mystical paradise here on earth."_ Michael Levy

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For hundreds of years Jewish people have blessed others who have recently buried a loved one with the saying ... "I wish you a long Life". Why is it that most human beings do not get the chance to blow out the candles on their hundredth birthday cake? Statistics state not too many people live passed eighty. Many trees and plants have a far more prolonged life than humans.. Indeed there are a multitude of animals, fish and birds that have a longer life-span than humans. For example;

  • Giant Tortoise (average life-spanpan of about 200 years);
  • Oregon Sturgeon (average life-spanpan of about 150 years);
  • Eastern Box Turtle (average life-se-span of about 123 years);
  • Egyptian Vulture (average life-span of about 118 years).

If animals, birds and fish can outlive humans without getting sick and going to a doctor for pills, we must have got our intelligence all mixed up in a conceited maze of refined intellectual thinking. Could it be we really do not need to die a premature death from disease? Do we have no option than to declare there is no other choice than intermittent illness throughout our lifetime, leading to an early grave? A few people do live to a ripe old age because they inherited strong genes and DNA. But, leaving that aside, how does the average person live in good health, to a fully developed old age, as nature intended?

I guess most folks believe that our 'advancements' in the world of science and medicine have increased our life expectancy. This is true to some extent, but it is only true in the context of keeping us alive in ill-health, despite our continuous bad habits and erroneous lifestyles. We can alleviate the effects of an illness, but the cause lingers on and will eventually lead to a premature death. So what can be done to remedy the situation of being a pawn in a commercial chess game of beggar thy neighbour, performed in a world-wide playhouse?

Firstly, if we stop polluting the earth with poisonous gasses, pesticides and a multitude of other pollutants, we would need fewer drugs to sustain our lives. Therefore, it seems sensible to stop corporations from manufacturing pollutants because of their need to feed the greed of a few humans who hold stocks in their companies. In addition, self-pollution is an outstanding problem, and banning smoking in all public places is a must-do and long overdue action.

The next move in the appropriate direction to a longer healthier life would be to educate folks on the correct foods to eat and liquids to drink. Pure water should be the principal drink and alcohol - consumption should be restricted to three glasses of wine a week at the most.

All our dietary needs can be met with simple yet delicious whole foods, herbs and spices that are heart healthily and loved by every cell in our bodies. Our minds are constantly brainwashed by the advertising media educating our taste buds to enjoy refined foods contain high levels of sugar, salt, hydrogenated fats and other harmful 'tasty stuff'. These foods are usually all dressed up with colourants and artificial flavours. What a concoction of poison we have produced for ourselves. In addition, we pay good money to eat foods that bring about illness, which inconveniently installs us in a box six foot under the ground, before our shelf life was due to expire.

Regular exercise can help elevate the onset of many dis-eases? Here again, simplicity is the key. Walking and swimming are two of the easiest and most enjoyable forms of exercise available to most folks. A few weight-bearing exercises are also useful to keep muscle tone and bone strengthening.

However, the most important ingredient in living a long and healthy life is the way we think. What we need to ask ourselves is "Who is it that resides inside my head that makes all the decisions for me." If our minds have become too refined, just like the refined junk foods, which we eat ... that has the wholesome goodness removed ... we will be left with junk-intellectual- thoughts.... Sophisticatedly refined, but good -for-nothing... A strong spiritual soul will never allow that to happen.

Once we start to recognize the true soulful genius that we authentically are ... that lives outside our ego's perceptions and opinions ... we will start to change our way of thinking and will live to the maximum of our allotted life-span. It could well be we live to 120 years of age in good health, if we do not allow negative, erroneous thoughts to upset the balance that nature has so magnificently provided for us all.

If we could only come to realize that we are a cog in the wheel of nature and if we desire that wheel to keep on turning effortlessly, we must become one with all that exists on earth.

The sands of time in humanity's hourglass is quickly running out and unless we make the correct lifestyle changes, there will not be any life left here on earth for future generations to enjoy. So let's take a leaf out of the book of the Giant Tortoise and slow down the runaway intellectual human brain, so that we enjoy our swim in the ... Quantum Universe of Infinite Joy here on earth's de-light-ful playground.

The Viewer of the View
I am a majority of nothing
I count for minus one
I am a witness to everything
an observer of three dimensional illusions
that cast shadowed trails to follow
into fabricated concoctions
embellished with assumptions and perceptions
via theories, thesis and speculative postulation
all posing as the truth
all demanding attention in war like garb
Without emotion, I am the viewer of the view
I exist beyond the thinker of the thought
and can testify to...the squander of time


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About Michael Levy

Michael Levy is an international talk show host, philosopher, poet and the author of sixteen inspirational books. His latest book, available on Amazon is That's Rich: Connect the Dots. One of Michael’s recent books is on healthy eating, meaningful thinking and authentic living and is available on Amazon - Well Well Well: Eat Well, Think Well, Live Well. The first section deals with food and nutrition, with many useful ideas on how to stay healthy and active throughout a lifetime on earth. The second part of the book turns the microscope on the way we humans process our thoughts and the ways they can destroy via ignorance or invigorate our lives in a meaningful way via inner truth and wisdom. The third part of the book help people to obtain full value for the time they have been gifted for time is our most precious asset, we need to spend it wisely. The last part of the book is an excellent guide to mediation via metaphysical spiritual poetry. Michael's poetry and essays enhance many web sites, newspapers, journals and magazines throughout the world. He is a prominent speaker on health and wellness maintenance, stress eradication, wealth creation and development, authentic happiness and inspirational poetry. Michael's web site:


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