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Spirituality at Midlife
June 15, 2007
Midlife Wisdom For Men Issue #084, June 15, 2007
=========== TABLE OF CONTENTS ==========
· Further To Covered Calls
· Keeping Your Brain Sharp
· Spirituality at Midlife
Written by Noel McNaughton Midlife-Men.com (c) copyright 2007 midlife-men.com
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Midlife Wisdom for Men.
Welcome to this issue of Midlife Wisdom for Men.
I don't mind getting older in general. In fact there are many aspects of it I like, for example not being as naive as I used to be. On the other hand, I don't care for the decline in physical abilities, and I don't want to lose my thinking ability! Luckily, there is something I can do about that.
I think one of the main tasks at midlife is to go on the inner journey, and consciously seek spiritual growth.
There are about 1150 words in the articles in this newsletter, which should take you about three and a half minutes to read.
Keeping Your Brain Sharp
Perhaps you've begun to notice you can't remember names, words, song titles, and so forth that you used to have on the tip of your tongue.
There are probably a couple of reasons for that - one that requires medical intervention, and one that doesn't.
Hormone levels - estrogen and testosterone - can affect long- and short-term memory. You can read about it here: Science Daily article. In general I don't like fiddling with hormone levels in my body, and would only do so if my doctor insisted, and even then I would get at least one other opinion.
Games and Puzzles
There is something else we can do that does not involve drugs, and can even be fun. The latest brain science shows that the brain acts somewhat like a muscle, in that "if you don't use it, you lose it". Being a couch potato and spending our time watching tv is "not using it".
The more we use our brains to learn new things, the more it slows down memory loss. In fact it even slows down the advancement of Alzheimer's disease!
Puzzles, games, music and any other "brain-challenging" activity will work. I worked in television for many years, and was able to memorize a minute or two of scripted material in literally five minutes or less. Now I learn new songs for playing at bluegrass jams, which also keeps my brain working hard. I have noticed I can memorize a new song much faster than most people, probably because I had practice earlier.
Do you like puzzles? Music? Games? Good! It will help you stay mentally alert so when you are 75 your spouse won't be wiping drool off you chin.
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Further To Covered Calls
After the last issue I got an email from Dave in Arkansas wondering why the discrepancy between me asking if you would like to make an extra $1000-$2000 per month, and me saying I make a few hundred extra per month.
The discrepancy is that I do not spend much time on it, and in all honesty did not put stops on a few stocks that I was using to write calls on. Yes, I know I should put stops all the time, but missed a couple, and the stock prices dropped, which ate some of my profits. In today's market, you can make at least $1000 per month with $5000 if you are reasonably active, and check a lot of stocks that offer options.
I have too much other stuff going on, and am contented with less. It is pretty easy money once you learn how. I just bought a program called Investools that I think will help me significantly increase my income without much more work.
Again, if you want to sit in for free in one of Wade Cook's Tuesday night calls you still have a couple of weeks.
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Hope this helps!
In an office: After the tea break, staff should empty the teapot and stand upside down on the draining board.
Spirituality at Midlife
Down through the ages people have tried to figure out how to have meaningful and fulfilling lives. For centuries, it was thought that following the rules of the government and the church was the way.
Now many people are disillusioned with both, and are feeling lost.
This leads to a certain amount of confusion. We are not used to using our internal guidance systems as a standard, and we resist the personal responsibility it calls for.
Many people are left with a kind of "personal vacuum", which they try to fill with all kinds of things: material goods, s*ex (I had to put the asterisk in so your spam filter wouldn't kill this newsletter), booze, food, busy-ness - anything to make the empty feeling go away. At midlife, we men are especially prone to this. (Over the years, I have tried most of the above!)
But the feeling won't go away until the right action is taken: seeking spiritual growth and development.
Science has hindered spiritual development, saying either the spiritual realm doesn't exist, or doesn't matter. Many people have bought that story, and tried to find meaning in other ways.
Religion has hindered spiritual growth as well, by failing to update itself. Its principles are sound, but all its stories are old, out-of-date, and difficult for people in our society to relate to.
It is as though religions are saying that all the important stuff happened a long time ago, and we need to keep going back for guidance and stories to learn by, when there are new stories to learn from every day.
So we face a dilemma: how to go forward when our main guidance systems - religion and science - aren't able to guide us.
The best way to begin is with intention. Become clear about what we are looking for. Intend to have a relationship with The Creator, and then seek knowledge and take action. Get our feet moving.
As we move forward with clear intention in our hearts, we will find the guidance we need as we go along.
It may mean finding a spiritual guide, or studying the advice of spiritual leaders from the past. You don't need to limit yourself to one guide. For some, prayer and meditation are good. For others, community service, and for yet others, contemplation or fasting. (I do a four-day waterless fast every year that is the spiritual highlight of my year.)
No matter what approach you use, my experience is that when you set out with clear intention, your life becomes more peaceful, more filled with love, and more balanced.
I had a "spiritual awakening" twenty five years ago that dramatically changed my life for the better. Since then, I have continued to study and grow spiritually, and my life has continued to improve. As you may know, I wrote an e-book about my spiritual knowledge and practice, which I have been selling for $14.95.
I have decided to offer you a special price to go with this article, in case you would like to learn what has worked for me, and many others, without risking a big investment.
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All the best,
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I Need Your Questions and Feedback!
Got comments? Questions? I'd love to hear from you.
Just email your suggestions and/or questions to
. I look forward to hearing from you. And thanks.
Well friend, that's it for now. Again, if you enjoyed this and/or found it useful, and know of anyone else who might like it, please pass it forward. And if you have questions or recommendations, I would love to hear from you.
All the best, Noel
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