Ancient Maya, Modern Wisdom

Ancient Maya, Modern Wisdom

A glimpse in the rear view mirror can be eye-opening. Especially if the view is all the way back to the civilization of the ancient Maya. This article in Huff Post is yet another affirmation of the simple fact the more things change, the less things change.

Ancient Maya ate chocolate. Lots of it. (From Huff POst blog)

Ancient Maya ate chocolate. Lots of it. (From Huff POst blog)

What the Maya Can Teach Us About Living Well

In the modern world — when technological advances and information overload have left many of us with a desire to get back to basics — the need for ancient wisdom may be more important than ever before.

Ancient health and healing secrets are making something of a resurgence, and for good reason. The ancient Greeks asked the big questions about what it means to live a good life, and some of their theories on ethics and happiness have been backed by modern science. Thousands of years ago, Indian sages developed a system for stilling the thoughts that’s now practiced across America. The early Maya civilizations, too, developed healing systems that have influenced holistic healthcare to this day.

The Maya civilization thrived for six centuries through areas that are now in Yucatan, Quintana Roo, Campeche, Tabasco, and Chiapas are in Mexico, as well as parts of Belize, Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala before collapsing mysteriously around 900 AD. The Mesoamerican civilization — advanced in its art, architecture and mathematics — may not have survived, but many of their secrets to good health, healing and living well are still alive to this day.

Here are eight things the Maya can teach us about living well.

They ate chia seeds.

Chia — derived from the Mayan word for strength — was a dietary staple of the ancient Aztecs and Mayas, and one that kept them healthy and energized. In addition to eating the seeds regularly, the Maya also used them in religious ceremonies.

The superfood is high in protein and fiber, and it’s loaded with healthy omega-3 fatty acids, which are essential for maintaining good cognitive function and may even play a role in preventing cancer.

The body and soul were treated as one.

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