In Deepak Chopra’s first book on the subject of agelessness, Ageless Body, Timeless Mind: The Quantum Alternative to Growing Old, Chopra enlightens us that human beings are magnificently organized networks of energy, information, and intelligence in dynamic exchange with their environment, fully capable of transformation and renewal. The commonly accepted belief is just that: a belief. In fact, it’s an erroneous belief that the human body is nothing more than biological matter similar to machinery that deteriorates steadily and unavoidably over time.
Vital energy, also termed by many as life force, is a subtle energy that flows throughout the body. When there is an abundance of it, the aging process is slowed. It can be increased by the way we treat our bodies and even by the way we treat and use our minds.
Like begets like, therefore anything we can do to reaffirm life and vitality will increase life and vitality in our lives.
Here are examples of some of the practices we can adopt to effectively increase our vital life force and become more ageless in the process:
Practice breathing slowly and deeply; see our previous blog post entitled, “Six Breaths a Minute to Slow Aging and Its Causes.” Breathing allows us to take in the life-giving force known as prana.
Consume a great deal of living organic vegetables, fruits, grains and nuts. Living is often otherwise termed as “raw.” It means the food is not brought to temperatures higher than approximately 118 degrees. This is a whole lifestyle in itself. In this lifestyle, you are literally eating life to get life. It can be challenging and it’s not for everyone. Even if you make living, unfired, vegan food half of your total food intake, you will notice marked improvements in your overall vitality. Choosing organic over conventionally grown is also a superior choice. Many believe this produce contains a higher overall nutritive content. It might be better to invest in the quality of your life-giving, even healing, food now than be besieged with doctor’s bills and the high costs of prescription drugs.
Visit a reputable bodyworker and/or chakra* balancing practitioner regularly. Regularly can mean as infrequently as once a month. Bodywork can include all sorts of holistic therapies including such therapies as massage and acupuncture. (We have an excellent blog post at our sister site at phyto5.us which provides a very nice list of holistic therapies. Go here to have a look. In addition, you may also want to read our blog post entitled, “15 Questions a Holistic Practitioner Should Be Asking You.”) Bodywork and chakra balancing gets your chi energy flowing and growing.
Some sort of physical yoga practice can be equally as beneficial as bodywork and chakra balancing. The same results are achieved. There is a whole host of types of yoga and you may practice at your own pace and to the level the present state of your body will allow. In time, your practice will grow and evolve, delivering greater levels of strength, flexibility and vitality not just to your body but to your mind and spirit as well.
Yoga is not restricted to physical practice. Meditation is a form of yoga. Another yoga practice called Jnana, for example, is a spiritual practice known as the path to knowledge of Self leading to joy. Happy, joyful people live longer and more resiliently and even when they transition, they’re happy about it! Visit easwaran.org to discover Eknath Easwaran’s legacy of Passage Meditation. They say:
The Key is Meditation on a Passage: All the wisdom traditions of the world have their own great spiritual texts, or passages. These passages convey our highest ideals and the qualities we most admire. Meditate on these passages, and these qualities will come alive in you, too.
And equally as important as any of the above tips, laugh, laugh and laugh some more. Laughter is a healing therapy in addition to being just plain fun. It relaxes us paving the way for unrestricted energy to flow and to heal us. It lights up the cells of our bodies, electrically charging us with life triumphant!
*one of the seven energy centers or vortices of the body each of which are associated with a color of the rainbow