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As we age, we tend to erode; our bodies decay and our minds grow weary. But Deepak Chopra -- the internationally famous author of Ageless Body, Timeless Mind -- claims that it does not have to be so. “The conditioning of our society leads us to believe that, as we grow older, we deteriorate physically and mentally,” he writes. “When you break out of this conditioning, you will learn from your own experience that every day in every way you can increase your physical and mental capacity.” In this book, Chopra lays out a comprehensive program for aging into health. He explains, through simple recipes and exercises, how we can retrain our bodies so that the life processes that wear us down -- eating, sleeping, thinking, moving, creating and loving -- can actually nourish us. If we learn to treat ourselves well, Chopra insists, we will ultimately become more pliant, energetic, and free. We will actually grow younger.
Chopra begins his program with a clear-cut explanation of the perceptive shift we must undertake before we can allow ourselves to grow younger. He writes: “By cultivating the habit of thinking of your body as a field of energy, transformation, and intelligence, you will begin to experience it as a flexible, dynamic bundle of consciousness.” Next, Chopra shows us how to renew our bodies through rest and relaxation. He offers a practical tutorial in meditation and then suggests a regimen of soothing habits that can lure even the most anxious of us into a deep, restorative sleep.
Chopra is perhaps most authoritative, however, on the subject of nutrition: He breaks down foods into Ayurvedic taste categories -- Sweet, Sour, Salty, Pungent, Bitter, Astringent -- and explains how to blend these tastes to create a sensual, healthful diet. “The energy and the intelligence of the natural world is packaged for your consumption in these six tastes,” Chopra notes. “Start listening to your body. Its wisdom mirrors the wisdom of the cosmos.” As with all of Chopra’s anti-aging techniques, the nutritional plan suits our intuitive sense of right living: Enjoy the world. Enjoy yourself.
Chopra completes his guidelines with a regimen of simple calisthenics and aerobic workouts, a plan for eliminating mental and physical toxins, connecting with others, and developing imagination. Together, these various steps lead us toward a different kind of aging: Instead of watching parts of ourselves erode -- a wrinkle here, a back pain there -- we can practice integrating our bodies and minds into a flexible, developing harmony. Chopra promises: “Making a shift in any one component of your life will have a positive influence on your entire state of well-being. The more you are able to replace life-damaging choices with life-affirming ones, the more profound the benefits you will experience physically, emotionally, and spiritually.” Chopra’s plan focuses us on living, and aging, beautifully. (Jesse Gale)