The Stress Factor

Cardiologist who worked with me a couple of months ago wrote that, “The biggest killer of men over fifty is ‘freaking ourselves out’.”

Stress. Kills more men over fifty than any other preventable condition. Obesity, obviously, is increasing in the population and will soon supercede other causes of death.

Obesity and stress, especially in combination, are already the biggest killers for women. Nearly all women with a BMI greater than 34 after their 40th birthday will be dead before their 60th birthday.

It’s becoming clear that, within just a couple years, obesity will be the leading cause of death for people older than forty-five. Obesity is “the new smoking” epidemic. It has already surpassed smoking, as a leading cause of death, by nearly 300% !!! That’s a 3x increased risk of death, over and above the risk from smoking, perpetrated by the new American “obese lifestyle”.

Facebook the Destroyer

I deleted my Facebook account a few months ago because it was simply too intrusive and it felt more and more “synthetic” – like I was only communicating via Facebook with people who shared my own viewpoints.  Not too far off from “keeping my own counsel”.

I learned a month later, in a study that CNN published, that for every interpersonal relationship wrecked by online pornography there are ten relationships destroyed by Facebook.

I have long suspected a dark side to social media – and I’ve long suspected we’re only seeing the tip of the iceberg when it comes to assessing all the downsides of social media.

I may reestablish a Facebook account at some point in the future.  For now, though, I have experienced first-hand the role of Facebook in destroying a potentially salvageable relationship.

Not that I think porn is really any healthier; but I think it’s best to stay away from all of it!

 

And in the weather….

The much-needed snow has not come, so ski’ing hasn’t brought deep-pocketed visitors to the Taos slopes.

More importantly the early Spring and lack of Winter snow in the Sangre de Cristo means our Rio Bravo runs a bit above average now – but will diminish rapidly as predicted wet-storm activity decreases.

While La Niña has caused dramatic weather on both the East and West coasts, and strangely warm days across the middle of the continent, the ocean current is now moving away from the Americas – without any of the slow (but typical) transitions we see to an El Niño cycle in the Eastern Pacific.

Looking at current jet-stream activity, and the large/fast change in ocean-water temperatures attributable to loss of the La Niña current, it appears the Southwestern mountain states (AZ, NV, UT, CO, NM, TX) will return to severe drought status by the end of Summer 2017.  Wildfire risk in forested areas will become a significant tourism consideration in the ensuing Spring skiing and Summer outdoor recreation periods.

 

Ok. Alright.

You ever wish people would just, “sit down and shut up?”

The whole point of meditation is to BE the “sit down and shut up” our world so desperately needs.

Meditation, like all the great gifts of a spiritual life, is not about me.  It is all about surrender and loss of self, no?