Embracing Spirituality | The Personal Longevity Program

Embracing Spirituality as a Toolkit For Longevity

Along with countless personal anecdotes linking faith to longevity, there is
a substantial amount of scientific research to support the claim that spiritual
people live longer lives. Onerecent
study found that women
who went to any kind of religious service regularly
had a 33% lower chance of dying than their secular peers within a 16-year
follow-up period. Spirituality is also associated with maintaining a higher
quality of life, helping guide people to self-improvement on the journey
towards physical immortality.

Faith-Based Connections

Connections to faith and spiritualism of any denomination help people
fulfill their life’s larger purpose, an essentialprinciple of personal longevity.
Of course, individual preferences for maintaining a spiritual connection vary
widely. However, many contemporary practitioners of longevity prefer to blend a
range of spiritual practices, such as combining prayer, meditation, and even
out-of-body experiences as methods ofdisconnecting
from the physical world
. In fact, a core component of all of these
spiritual practices is that they ask that worshippers reflect on their
personal relationship with God and themselves.

A Historically Spiritual Precedence 

The evidence correlating spiritual practice with increased longevity is not
just scientific, but historical. Biblical figures likeMethuselah, a guiding
patriarchal figure
in the Book of Genesis, are remembered for leading a long
life as a direct descendant of Adam and Eve. According to biblical tradition,
Methuselah came from a line of family who lived long, spiritual lives,
inspiring others to practice spirituality. In a comparable vein,the
Hindu deity Vishnu
is known as the Preserver of Life through adhering to
spiritual and longevity principles: Vishnu is seen as symbol embodying wellness
and balance in the Hindu tradition. Traditionally, many ethnic communities
associated with longevity such as the people of the Caucasus mountains in
Russia, emphasize a life that revolves around daily rituals of reflection and
prayer. The precedence of faith in these societies suggests the communal
benefits of maintaining spirituality at a societal level.

Strength in Everyday Rituals

A common thread between stories of people who evoke longevity is that they
include not just celebrities or religious leaders but normal, everyday people
who maintain a spiritual connection. A second study examining the link between
longevity and religion found that regular serviceattendance was
linked to reductions in stress
and even in mortality. In fact, the
researchers concluded that worshippers were 55% less likely to die during the
up to 18-year follow-up period than people who didn’t frequent the temple,
church or mosque. The common link between these groups is not that they are
unique or extraordinarily: rather, the results of the study suggest that
ordinary people who embrace spirituality can reap the benefits of living a long
life. 

It’s natural for people’s relationship to faith and spirituality to evolve
over their lives. However, a regular interest in religious services and
personal connections to spiritual practices is a form of preventative wellness,
inciting people to live longer and more purposeful lives through their faith.

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