Beat the Blues With Blue Zones

Learn how to gain inner sunshine when feeling blue.

I’m an expert on beating the blues…

Self taught.

The family has a history of depression.  I suffered from SAD… might even be a carrier!

Autumn at our farm is glorious.


Everything about the Fall is uplifting to me.

Sunny, brisk days.

Blue skies.

Gold, crimson forests.

Katydid songs.

There is a sinister undertone though.  Winter’s coming!

We had our first freeze of the season yesterday.

The icy morning hastened this thought.  “Beat the blues!”

Our front yard becomes this.


Cold. Bleak. Windy. Grey.

My spirits sink at just the thought.

So we head south… winter nomads escaping the blues.

I also use numerous bits of ancient health wisdom to escape the blues, maintain high spirits and good natural health.

If you have any tendency towards this is why I recommend reading John Douillard’s article “Blue Zones Meet Ayurvedic Wisdom” (1).

The article says:  In the best-selling book, The Blue Zones of Happiness, Dan Buettner discovered 9 commonalities shared by centenarian cultures around the world.

In places like Loma Linda, California, Costa Rica, the islands of Okinawa, Sardinia and Greece’s Ikaria, people are living healthier, happier and longer than anywhere else in the world.

Dan Buettner and his team of medical researchers, anthropologists, demographers, and epidemiologists studied these diverse cultures and came up with the Power 9® Principles – the collective lifestyle characteristics employed by centenarian cultures.

When we compare the lifestyles of centenarians with ancient Ayurvedic lifestyle practices, we find some strong similarities:

Blue Zone:  Move naturally! None of them belong to gyms, compete in triathlons or work out, but they all move naturally throughout the day.

Ayurveda:  Ayurveda suggests exercising to only 50 percent of your capacity.  Nose breathing exercise and yoga, as written in my book, “Body, Mind and Sport”, are two strategies to infuse modern workouts with ancient longevity wisdom.

This Blue Zone research shows that “New Age” practices are not new at all but have been known and used for thousands of years.

The principles that have been reexamined in Blue Zones an help improve natural health, increase longevity and help eliminate the blues.

You can order “The Blue Zones of Happiness” at

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During the years Merri and I lived with an Andean Shaman.  He taught us how to attain the best value in our exercise.

He never talked much about it… just led us by example. When we were hiking in mountains… at high altitude and the incline was steep… he would simply take smaller more frequent steps.  There is a sweet spot he told us where minimal effort brings maximum return.  This is simple value investing with your time for your natural health.

He always stressed not to be excessive.  After the sweet spot each extra effort brings less return until too much effort has the reverse effect and begins to deteriorate our natural health.

For example Jim Fixx the grandfather of jogging wrote this book and then died at age 52 while on a run.  Being extremely fit has little to do with having great health.

The April 28 edition of New York Times Sunday Magazine entitled “The Fitness Oracle” asked Dr. Michael Joyner, a physiologist at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., and an expert on exercise, what was the best exercise and how much was optimal.

He replied:   Walking is the simplest exercise, physiologically and logistically.

Just wear comfortable sneakers — they don’t need to be new or expensive — and set off.  Try to walk for half an hour. “Thirty minutes of moderately vigorous physical activity most days is really the sweet spot in terms of time versus benefit from an epidemiological perspective,” Joyner says. “Moderately vigorous” means that your heart pumps at 50 to 70 percent of your maximum heart rate (which is broadly 220 minus your age for men, slightly less for women), or a pace at which you can talk to a companion but you’re puffing too much to sing.

These 30 minutes do not need to be completed in one chunk, either. “It is O.K. to break it up during the day into smaller bites,” Joyner says. And in fact, for certain groups of people, it’s probably more effective. In one 2012 study, adults at high risk of developing hypertension improved their blood pressure more effectively if they walked briskly three times a day for 10 minutes than if they did so once a day for half an hour.

There is another aspect of exercise that Joyner did not address… how to enjoy the process.

John Douillard’s book “Body, Mind, Sport” shows a simple way to make exercise easy and fun and how to get the best value in your exercise. His book teaches how to exercise just enough to get you to the sweet spot he calls the “Effortless Zone”.

Body Mind Sport

John shows how to understand your own unique mind-body type and then work on a continue routine of personal bests without stress or strain.

The books explains how each individual constitution changes during Winter, Spring and Summer so you can determine what exercises or sports are best suited to your mind-body type and what foods you should eat for optimum results.

The Body, Mind, and Sport approach helps decrease heart and breath rates while improving both fitness and performance. Dozens of world-class athletes, including Martina Navratilova and Billie Jean King, have used John Douillard’s expert breathing techniques, dietary recommendations, and seasonally balanced workouts.

Learn about Body Mind & Sport at

“The Blue Zone of Happiness” and “Body, Mind, and Sport” examine wisdom we should all be familiar with.

Live longer.

Living happily,

Live in peace.

Live your dream.


(1) Blue Zones Meet Ayurvedic Wisdom

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