Over the course of our lives how many lifetimes have we lived?
Well, I suppose it depends on your unit of measure. From a physical health perspective lifetimes are measured in terms days and weeks.
Interestingly, our bodies actually regenerate at the rate of approximately 330 billion cells per day. And if you do the math works out to between 80 and 100 days before you’ve literally regenerated a new you.
Each cell type has a different lifecycle, but it’s amazing when you think about the pace of renewal that’s constantly ticking over each day within our bodies…
How do we measure lifetimes in terms of emotional wellbeing?
Many of us have faced significant trauma at one time or another throughout our lives, with often the repercussions that last a lifetime…
Unfortunately, not all of us are able to get beyond the feelings of guilt, shame, or other deep-seated emotions to seek the help that we need to move forward.
Clearly, this limits our ability to live the type of life we all strive for.
Let’s take a step back and delve into the areas of emotional wellbeing that can make a difference in our daily lives:
- Self-awareness: This dimension involves recognizing and understanding one’s emotions, thoughts, and feelings. It includes being in tune with your own needs, values, and beliefs. It also helps us understand the things that can trigger us.
- Self-regulation: Self-regulation refers to the ability to manage and control one’s emotions effectively. It involves being able to respond to emotional experiences in a balanced and adaptive manner, rather than reacting impulsively. Clearly, this is linked directly to self-awareness.
- Resilience: This dimension involves the ability to bounce back from challenging or stressful situations. It includes having coping mechanisms and strategies to deal with setbacks, adversity, and uncertainty. As we all know life can throw us curve balls that we have to be able to respond to.
- Positive relationships: Having fulfilling and supportive relationships is vital for our emotional well-being. This dimension involves nurturing connections with family, friends, and communities, as well as fostering empathy, compassion, and healthy communication. Connectedness is one of the most important aspects to help combat anxiety and depression.
- Emotional expression: Expressing emotions in a healthy and constructive manner is essential for emotional well-being. It involves being able to communicate and share emotions authentically, without suppressing or overly exaggerating them.
Another dimension to our lifetime is our mind.
Interestingly, even though our bodies regenerate at an astounding rate and our emotional lifetimes can be measured in stages of our personal growth and development our mind is the constant that does not change per see.
It gathers and stores moments and adds them to our memory bank for future reference.
I wrote recently about events in my lifetime that were indelibly imprinted on my mind because of the context and connectedness of the event and to me personally.
Our memories are personal and specific only to us.
Often times two people can experience and witness an event, but have two totally different interpretations of what occurred. For one person if may have been a life-changing event, and for the other it may not have even registered as a memory.
Memories are constructed based on our perception of events, which can be influenced by various factors such as attention, biases, and prior knowledge. Our brains often fill in gaps in our recollection with assumptions or generalizations, leading to inaccuracies.
Memories are not fixed recordings of events. Instead, they undergo a process called consolidation, where they are organized and stored in different areas of the brain. During this process, details may be lost or altered, and memories can be influenced by subsequent experiences or information.
When we retrieve memories, they are not reproduced exactly as they were originally formed. Instead, memories are reconstructed using fragments of stored information. This reconstruction can be influenced by current beliefs, emotions, and external cues, leading to distortions and biases.
Over time, memories can decay or be disrupted by interference from other memories. Similar or conflicting information can interfere with the accurate retrieval of a specific memory, resulting in errors or confusion.
While memories can be unreliable, they still play a crucial role in shaping our identities, experiences, and decision-making processes.
Although they may not always be completely accurate, they often provide us with a subjective understanding of the world around us.
A you can see I’ve looked at lifetimes through the lens of body, spirit, and mind.
With each playing an integral part of our makeup in terms of the life we choose to live with varying degrees of control that we have over each aspect.
Ultimately, over the course of lives we each have to do the best we can with what we have at our disposal. Other factors will play a part, but we each have the building blocks to live the best lives we possibly can.
With so many different lifetimes happening at one time within us, what does a lifetime mean to you?
Is it a day, a week, a year or perhaps a decade….
When we’re faced with hurdles in life, know that they too shall come to pass no matter what.
Until next week