There are different schools of thought about what are the most important things you can do with your lifestyle for long term health.

There are of course lots of studies which show that diet, staying thin, and getting regular exercise are all important for long term health.

However, it is not very well known by most people that one of the most important–if not the most important factor to your long term health is your  spiritual connection.

There are many cases of enlightened Yogis living for hundreds of years, and very long lived persons over 100 years most often have some type of spiritual practices when center them in their spirit and give them peace.

Li Ching Yung who was recorded to have lived to over 256 years gave this advice for a long life:

““Keep a quiet heart, sit like a tortoise, walk sprightly like a pigeon and sleep like a dog.”

He and many others have learned that being “centered in the spirit” leads to much better long term health.

This is not a religious teaching–but a way of living which acknowledges our true nature–that we are spiritual beings at our core.

Being spiritually centered offers obvious benefits of being calm and stress reduction–which is a known counter to chronic illnesses–but it’s more than that.

There is something about being spiritually centered which seems to bring a “health blueprint” down into your body.

The most you follow practices–the more you feel these effects.

So in conclusion–I believe it’s our spiritual connections which most affect our long term health.

Marty Ettington

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