Thursday, February 7, 2008

Hypnotic Fountain of Youth

It’s all how you look at it! One of the last 2 surviving WWI veterans died yesterday. It said in the newspaper, he was in good health and took no medications except eye drops. He leaves behind a wife, who is 100 years old, and a caregiver. Harry Landis was 108, and died after a short illness.

I’m listening to Andrew Weil on CD, Healthy Aging, Your Guide to Optimum Physical and Spiritual Well-being, although he feels most anti-aging efforts are hooey. He reports most centenarians are female, with poor eyesight and hearing, and of course, feisty personalities. He makes it sound unpleasant to live that long, but it is all in your perspective. I can hear Deepak Chopra describing the same woman, but in a much more positive way, as he did in Ageless Body, Timeless Mind. In it he describes habits that most long-lived people share. In Weil’s book he says that the factors most highly correlated to long life are: physical activity and community involvement (social connectedness). I assert that the mind is the biggest factor, so it makes sense to keep it healthy by physical activity and social interaction. It’s also helpful to look at aging in a positive way and viewing the benefits, not just the disadvantages. There are many things that are considered more valuable as they get older, like antique furniture, cheese, wine and whiskey. We live in a throw-away society now, but in the past, old things were considered better, because they were broken in already and had lasted long enough to prove their superiority over other instruments. Yes violins are considered more valuable when aged properly. And I have seen carpenters who prefer an old trusted tool to one of the new-fangled electric ones. Shoes are more comfortable when broken in, too. I’m sure I could think of more examples. Any ideas?

I’m sure luck has a lot to do with longevity. If you avoid dying while a reckless youth, you are fortunate. But after a certain age it is your habits that will carry you through or do you in.

Hypnosis helps you develop and maintain salubrious habits. See philologsblog for the definition of salubrious. See "Hypnotic Eloquence" below for Deepak Chopra's tips for healthy continuation. (I need a more positve term for "aging.")

Hypnosis also helps you to discard negative, limiting beliefs. That will be discussed in future articles.

I will go into all this much more deeply at my next presentation…
I will let you know when that occurs. I will probably present this before the convention. I think the Hypnotic Fountain of Youth will be a topic of interest around here.

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