Liv­ing for the mo­ment... like a Mayfly

Midweek Visiter - - Age Concern -

MAYFLIES have the short­est life­span of any an­i­mal on Earth; their life last­ing only for 24 hours.

Mayflies are also called ‘one-day in­sects’ be­cause of this short life­span.

In fact, some mem­bers of the Mayfly fam­ily die within a few hours.

How­ever, within this short pe­riod of life, they form groups and dance to­gether on all avail­able sur­faces.

Per­haps we should fol­low their ex­am­ple and en­joy the life we have in­stead of wor­ry­ing about how long we have left.

In con­trast to the Mayfly, the Ocean Qua­hog can live for 500 years.

Arc­tica is­landica, com­mon name Ocean Qua­hog, is a species of ed­i­ble clam, a ma­rine bi­valve mol­lusc in the fam­ily Arc­ti­ci­dae.

This species is na­tive to the North At­lantic Ocean, and it is har­vested com­mer­cially as a food source.

Ocean qua­hogs live in wa­ter be­tween 25 and 1,300 feet deep.

The mol­luscs are known to live ex­cep­tion­ally long lives with two spec­i­mens found to have lived 507 years.

The av­er­age per­son in the UK will live 80 years, which is 29,220 days or 701,280 hours or 42,076,800 min­utes.

Per­haps we should start pay­ing more at­ten­tion to the present mo­ment in­stead of wor­ry­ing about the fu­ture.

Be­ing con­scious of your own thoughts and feel­ings, and to the world around you in this pre­cise mo­ment can im­prove your men­tal well­be­ing.

Some peo­ple call this aware­ness “mind­ful­ness”.

Mind­ful­ness can help us en­joy life more and un­der­stand our­selves bet­ter. You can take steps to de­velop it in your own life.

Pro­fes­sor Mark Wil­liams, for­mer di­rec­tor of the Ox­ford Mind­ful­ness Cen­tre, says that mind­ful­ness means know­ing di­rectly what is go­ing on in­side and out­side our­selves, mo­ment by mo­ment.

“It’s easy to stop notic­ing the world around us.

“It’s also easy to lose touch with the way our bod­ies are feel­ing and to end up liv­ing ‘in our heads’ – caught up in our thoughts with­out stop­ping to no­tice how those thoughts are driv­ing our emo­tions and be­hav­iour,” he says.

“An im­por­tant part of mind­ful­ness is re­con­nect­ing with our bod­ies and the sen­sa­tions they ex­pe­ri­ence.

“This means wak­ing up to the sights, sounds, smells and tastes of the present mo­ment.

“That might be some­thing as sim­ple as the feel of a ban­is­ter as we walk up­stairs.

“An­other im­por­tant part of mind­ful­ness is an aware­ness of our thoughts and feel­ings as they hap­pen mo­ment to mo­ment.

“It’s about al­low­ing our­selves to see the present mo­ment clearly. When we do that, it can pos­i­tively change the way we see our­selves and our lives.”

The NHS says that mind­ful­ness can help re­duce anx­i­ety and ease de­pres­sion.

It can also help us to just en­joy the mo­ment and re­ally feel and ex­pe­ri­ence life.

If you would like more in­for­ma­tion about mind­ful­ness and would like to make the most of those 42 mil­lion min­utes of life, then please call Age Con­cern Liver­pool & Sefton on 01704 542993.

The Mayfly makes the most of its 24 hours of life

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