A common theme around the world is that if people work hard, put their nose to the grindstone and give their all, they can be successful in life. For those people who come from a low socioeconomic status, climbing the ladder of success can cost a lot, the least of which may be decades of time and effort.
Master Healer Pankaj Naram believes focusing all of one’s energy on monetary or status gains can take a toll on a person’s health. He encourages people to never chase money, that doing so usually brings stress and dis-ease. He says instead to chase great ideas, great purposes. His belief that chasing success for its sake, without the proper self-control, can cause problems is now backed up by research published in the latest issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
The study, which followed nearly 300 rural African Americans teens from adolescence to adulthood, found that the youths who came from a disadvantaged background but exhibited high levels of self-control had lower levels of aggression and depression. However, those same young people also now have cells that lead author Gregory E. Miller calls “biologically old, relative to their chronological age.” What this means is, despite their psychological resilience, these industrious young men and women are suffering physically.
The diligence necessary to successfully rise out of a low socioeconomic status environment is hard both psychologically and metabolically, says Master Healer Pankaj Naram. The health risks include obesity, high blood pressure and an increase in stress hormones. Unfortunately, these may be early indicators of more severe health consequences in the years to come.
Dr Naram said, “My master taught me three great things which I now teach others through the Academy are: 1) how to discover what you want, 2) how to achieve what you want, and 3) how to enjoy what you have achieved. If you strive to achieve, but in the process lose your health and your peace of mind, then you can not enjoy it. So the secret is – how to achieve, but in a predictable, long-term, non-toxic way?”