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Rush At Each Day With Open Arms February 27, 2013

Posted by nrhatch in Books & Movies, Gratitude, Happiness, Life Balance.

Even if we can’t literally turn back the hands of time, might we erase the ravages of age by the thoughts we think?

In Ageless Body, Timeless Mind, Deepak Chopra summarizes a growing body of evidence which supports the conclusion that we can reverse aging through mindful awareness.

One experiment involved a sort of “inner time travel” with elderly participants.  

In another “anti-aging” experiment, geriatric patients started a weight-lifting program with remarkable results ~ when beliefs change, aging changes.

In a third study . . .

Well, let’s save that for another day.  Instead, let’s discuss a few observations gleaned from the book as a whole.

Nothing holds more power over the body than our beliefs.

* Our cells constantly eavesdrop on our thoughts and beliefs.  A remembered stress, which is only a wisp of thought, releases the same flood of destructive hormones as the stress itself.  (Id.,  p. 5)

* Our cells map our experiences.  Stresses forgotten on a conscious level are imprinted there, emitting signals like buried microchips, making us anxious, tense, fatigued, apprehensive, resentful, and doubtful.  (Id., p. 12-13)

* Transplant patients may report an uncanny experience after receiving a donated kidney, liver, or heart ~ without knowing who the donor is, they begin to experience the donor’s memories and beliefs.  (Id., p. 22-23)

* When we focus on the positives, we send positive signals to every cell in the body, drowning out negative signals from the distant past.

* And vice versa.  When we focus on negatives, we send negative signals to every cell in the body, drowning out positive signals from the present.

We can harness the Mind-Body Connection for healing.

* Given placebo pills (“dummy drugs”), patients can kill pain, reduce gastric secretions, lower blood pressure, and fight tumors.  The pills are meaningless; the power that activates the healing is the suggestion alone.  (Id., p. 18)

Mickey-Surfer* If the mind is given the appropriate suggestion, the body produces the needed biochemical response.

* “Belief creates biology.” ~ Norman Cousins

* Inserting positive intentions into our thought processes, such as, “I want to improve in energy and vigor every day,” allows us to assert control over the beliefs that govern the aging process.  (Id., p. 19)

When we change our underlying beliefs, our bodies respond.

* Despair and hopelessness raise the risk of heart attacks and cancer, thereby shortening life.  Joy and fulfillment keep us healthy and extend life.  (Id., p. 5)

* By renewing our intention to live active, purposeful lives, we can improve our motor abilities, strength, agility, and mental responses.  (Id., p. 19)

* The Mind-Body Connection allows positive affirmations to work.

Physical exercise is the fountain of youth.

* When we give up physical activity and stop exercising, we invite a whole host of health problems into our physiology ~ heart and arteries deteriorate, bones become fragile, muscles atrophy, the risk of obesity increases, depression sets in, and aging accelerates.  (Id., p. 85)

* Regular physical exercise can reverse the most typical effects of biological age (high blood pressure, excess body fat, improper sugar balance, decreased muscle mass, etc.).  (Id., p. 67)

* Adopting a healthy lifestyle delays symptoms of aging by as much as 30 years.  (Id., p. 60)

Rush at each day with open arms.

* Every cell in the body is seeking fulfillment through joy, beauty, love, and appreciation.  (Id., p. 99)

* Learning new things and acquiring new knowledge and skills enhances our ability to stay young at a cellular level.  (Id., p. 25)

Mr-Rossi* We benefit physically and mentally from the intention to experience more energy, alertness, curiosity, wonder, enthusiasm, and creativity.

* “People grow old and die because they see others grow old and die.” ~ Shankara (Ancient Indian Sage)

Rush at each day with open arms ~ awake, aware, and filled with awe.  

Aah . . . that’s better!

Tomorrow . . . the pathway to timelessness.

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1. aawwa - February 27, 2013

I can’t help but wonder if I am doing the right thing in living in a community of people 55+. I guess it depends on how I interpret my environment. Most people who live here are very active physically and socially – a lot more so than me. I think I might need to read this book. Thanks for sharing about it 🙂

nrhatch - February 27, 2013

If they are active physically and socially, your beliefs about aging might shift for the better ~ causing you to stay younger.

In any event, I am convinced that it’s our INTERNAL environment that has the most significant impact on us. When we manage our internal landscape, we thrive no matter what is going on around us.

2. sweetdaysundertheoaks - February 27, 2013

This book is becoming a must read I think. I have been terrible this winter about exercising. Hopefully I will get back on schedule!

nrhatch - February 27, 2013

It’s a fascinating book . . . full of inspiring examples of how WE can improve our lives with the thoughts we think AND the actions we take as a result of those thoughts.

I decided to Step Up my exercise program too ~ I pulled my Step Aerobics stuff OFF the shelf and started moving to the music.

Aah . . . that’s better!

3. suzicate - February 27, 2013

The placebo pill is a powerful reminder of how our beliefs control our health to a degree…very interesting.

nrhatch - February 27, 2013

What we tell ourselves has an incredible impact on how we ACT and REACT to people, places, and things.

When we change our thoughts . . . we change our lives.

4. Don - February 27, 2013

I love the concept of rushing at each day with open arms. Very inspiring, Nancy. Such a good post. This series of posts you’ve been doing have been marvellous.Thank you.

nrhatch - February 27, 2013

Thanks, Ron. I’ve really enjoyed this series too . . . the book is filled to overflowing with fascinating thoughts to ponder.

5. Three Well Beings - February 27, 2013

I don’t think a day goes by that at least one friend doesn’t make some reference to our age, and not with a positive spin. This so annoys me, and concerns me. We aren’t that old–and what is old anyway? LOL! What is to happen with the dialogue in the next ten years or more? I think I really will purchase this book and perhaps that will open up some beneficial ways to dialogue around this topic. I love the information you’ve shared from it, Nancy. It is uplifting!

nrhatch - February 27, 2013

There is a negative connotation associated with aging in many countries. In those countries where “getting old” is not frowned upon . . . the populace has a younger biological age.

I have no control over the external dialogue, but I am going to control my internal dialogue better after reading this book.

Think YOUNG . . . Feel YOUNG . . . Be YOUNG.

On that note, we just got back from a 5 mile hike. Yay!

6. Grannymar - February 27, 2013

You are as young as you feel. Now where are those toyboys? 😉

nrhatch - February 27, 2013

Hahaha! That’s a great way to stay YOUNG.

7. Tom (Aquatom1968) - February 27, 2013

The mind is a very powerful tool when used wisely, Nancy, I’ve experienced lots of positive results when I’ve put my mind into what I need to do. My problem is I don’t keep it up, and like exercise, we need to keep using it for the maximum benefit. I’m going to look out for this book… I’m too young to be old!!!

nrhatch - February 27, 2013

Yes!!! We are too YOUNG to be old. I am serious about adding regular daily exercise to my life ~ it really is the fountain of youth.

Especially when combined with NATURE (fresh air and sunshine) or classic rock (when the weather doesn’t cooperate with our plans).

Aah . . . that’s better!

8. diannegray - February 27, 2013

This is really inspiring, Nancy. You’ve made me feel like dancing like I did when I was a teen! 😀

nrhatch - February 27, 2013

That’s what I’ve been doing for the past week or so . . . picking out a favorite CD from 20-30 years ago and dancing around the living room with a huge grin on my face. Woo Hoo! 😀

9. Pocket Perspectives - February 27, 2013

The potential of the mind-body relationship is so remarkable. I heard a comment recently about doctors/scientists reactions to the “placebo effects”…that rather than dismissing it, to show respect and great interest…to start studying and figuring out what’s happening within that dynamic and figure out how to help people access that self healing power. Deepak Chopra is certainly helping with that!

nrhatch - February 27, 2013

More on the power of placebos:

* All the side effects of chemotherapy, including hair loss and nausea, can be induced by giving cancer patients a sugar pill while assuring them that it is a powerful anti-cancer drug.

* And there have been instances where injections of sterile saline solution have actually led to remissions of advanced malignancies.

Our beliefs are POWERFUL STUFF! 😀

10. jannatwrites - February 27, 2013

A lot of what you summarized here was the basis behind a study that I volunteered on for a year in college. Basically, they were looking at how perceived stress impacted flareups of osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Every week, we interviewed subjects and there were some that no matter what life threw at them, they didn’t report off-the-charts stress. But then, there were those that the slightest change would send them into a tailspin.

nrhatch - February 27, 2013

Chopra discusses both arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis in the book. His comments on RA tie in with your study:

Emotional factors have been strongly linked to RA. This disorder seems to favor women who have a marked tendency to repress emotion, who adopt passivity and depression as a mode of coping with stress, rather than getting angry or confronting serious emotional issues.

The disease can get worse under stress, and for inexplicable reasons, it can also disappear, perhaps in obedience to a deeper current of change.

In 2000, my rheumatoid factor was elevated enough that my doctor sent me to a rheumatologist who wanted to put me on medication to slow progression of the disease.

I said, no. Let’s see what happens. Now, 13 years later, I haven’t experienced any significant progression of symptoms.

I expect that my beliefs entered into that equation ~ I didn’t buy into the notion that I would become crippled by RA, I didn’t stress about it, I just put it out of my mind . . . and it disappeared (maybe because I didn’t put out a WELCOME mat). 😀

11. sufilight - February 28, 2013

I think of the cases of individuals who have multiple personalities: they have an illness under one personality and it leaves when it switches to the other personality. It’s an amazing proof of how thoughts and belief alter our biology. I enjoyed reading this!

When I finish reading my current book “Breaking The Habit of Being Yourself” by Dr. Joe Dispenza where he incorporates neuroscience, spirituality quantum physics and a four week meditation program to make inner changes, I will take a peek at Deepak’s book again.

nrhatch - February 28, 2013

Yes! I forgot about the multiple personality studies. Absolutely amazing how they share the same body . . . but NOT the same diseases. Our minds are so powerful. 😀

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