I’ve been watching an amazing television series called ‘Frozen Planet’, narrated by the incomparable David Attenborough. The series in the main presents stunning film of areas that are considered the last frontiers of our planet – the Arctic and Antarctica. Wildlife and marine life are shown in all the glory of their natural habitats; as inhospitable as these climes seem to us, they are where these creatures have survived for hundreds of years. And, as I saw in the penultimate episode of the series tonight, and as most of us know, global warming is a creeping menace in the surprisingly fragile environment of the polar regions. It’s not hard to imagine that when the frozen Arctic and Antarctic areas thaw in large measure, all sentient beings and the planet will suffer horribly. And, not on one predictable day, but gradually and inexorably. What do humans do in the face of such an impending catastrophe? What do we do when a loved one is diagnosed with cancer? Or, we see our ageing parents affected by dementia or alzheimers. Do we go to our yoga mats or meditation cushions to sit with our inevitable human frailty? And, does something shift somewhere somehow because we accept the way things are? Does it make calamity understandable or suffering endurable. Is meditation our only hope? Tad eva artha-matra-nirbhasam svarupa-sunyam iva samadhih Contemplation: the very shining forth of the object alone, unimpeded as it were by any natural form.* *Patanjali’s Meditation Yoga, translation and commentary by Vyn Bailey.
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Am also encouraged by recent findings that the body may cease aging when one is past 91. The study (reported in a 2016 New Scientist) by Michael Rose (a professor of evolutionary biology), says that if you are lucky enough to live that long, you stop ageing. He notes that one’s health may not improve but it certainly does not get any worse. Whilst that advice is far not mainstream, population statistics do show that ageing seems to stop at 93 – and does not speed up again until we get a telegram from Queen Elizabeth (the Last) at 100.
Thus, if one makes it to 99, you are no more likely to die at any given point than someone of 93. (From 110 plus may be a different matter but I’ll let you know). …
In the absence of internet information, I decided to create my own holistic way of dealing with my upcoming surgery.
I started talking with my friends to share my journey. The simple fact that I was willing to be open and vulnerable helped eliminate any residual shame.
I started keeping a journal in which I could collect information on hysterectomies, and more importantly, write down questions and feelings as they arose. …
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