Editor’s Note: This is part two of an excellent review of how stress affects our lives and our health. Part I is available here.
Donald M. Friedman, MD
This part of the column deals with living in the present moment as a way to deal with stress. It is actually very difficult for many of us to live in the present moment. We either get so focused on the past or so concerned about what’s going to happen in the future or both. But being or living in the moment can so increase not only our awareness of what is happening in our immediate surroundings, but also our awareness of ourselves, i.e. our thoughts and emotions and our bodies. Our society is so goal oriented that we are always focused on doing, being busy accomplishing and producing results. We forget, or in some cases never learned, how to just “be.”
We are all part of a generation that seeks to find answers to healthy living in the hope of extending an active and involved life.
Rabbi Richard F. Address, D. Min.
I’m happy to say that the role of religious and spiritual practice in healthy aging is gaining momentum.
A recent article and a new book give more evidence that spirituality really does help us feel better longer.
Editor’s Note: This is part one of an excellent review of how stress affects our lives and our health. Part II is available here.
Donald M. Friedman, MD
Stress is definitely a part of our lives. It is often unavoidable and can sometimes be overwhelming. As life has become more complicated, especially in this age of new technology, stress can certainly play more of a role in how we think, how we act, and how we feel.
With the ending of Rosh HaShana and Yom Kippur, the Jewish calendar focuses on the first of our three Festivals, Sukkot. The symbol of the fragile dwelling place, the sukkah, is increasingly popular. More and more people build their own and have a meal in them as is the custom.
Also beginning at this time are the powerful readings from the Book of Genesis. Perhaps no chapter in the entire Torah is more relevant to baby boomers than Genesis 3. Here is the famous Adam and Eve – Garden of Eden myth. Central to the story is God’s question to Adam and Eve (really to us) of ayecha, or “where are you’? This one question really speaks to so many of us in our stage of life. So many of us are in transition. So many of us are care-givers, juggling family, work, loved ones. So many of us, in quiet moments of reflection also ask our own self, “where am I?” The sukkah really does form a symbol of the fragility of life. We seem to be more aware of the fragility as we ourselves age. Read more