The Barnes & Noble Review
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.
Chopra, alternative health guru and founder of the Chopra Center for Well Being in La Jolla, CA, and Simon, the center's medical director and cofounder, present a program to enhance mind/body integration that they contend will help reverse aging. In a previous book, Ageless Body, Timeless Mind (LJ 6/15/93), Chopra argued that mental, social, and intellectual activity can help people slow the aging process. Grow Younger suggests that readers who follow the advice offered can reset their biological age as much as 15 years lower than their chronological age. The authors outline ten steps: to make changes in how we perceive time, get enough of the right kind of sleep and rest, eat the right kinds of food, take nutritional complements (the authors prefer this term to supplements), enhance mind/body integration, eliminate toxins, cultivate flexibility and creativity, and make love the most import thing in our life. Conscious breath work and meditation are encouraged, exercises for flexibility are illustrated, seven vegetarian menus are provided, and a list of resources and a bibliography round out this book. Although his advice can be unorthodox, this work will be appreciated by Chopra's many readers; recommended for public libraries and specialized collections. Jodith Janes, Cleveland Clinic Foundation Lib. Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
“Deepak Chopra and David Simon provide the reasons to see old age as both a mind-set and a recipe for breaking its hold on us. If we follow their advice, I believe that at the very least we’ll forestall the negative effects of aging, and we can possibly even reverse the aging process itself.” –Ellen J. Langer, Ph.D., professor of psychology, Harvard University
“We all want to grow younger and live longer. Drs. Chopra and Simon’s book gives us a powerful, step-by-step way to remember that it is possible. A while ago, I fell into an ‘aging ditch’ (joint pains, feeling old, lines on the skin). I followed the ‘10 steps to reverse aging’ and the results were phenomenal: vital body, glowing skin, and no more pains. Everyone can benefit from this information." –Margot Anand, Ph.D., author of The Art of Sexual Ecstasy
“The ten steps offered in this book represent a quantum leap in our understanding of how to reverse biological age.” –Mark Mastrov, CEO, 24 Hour Fitness Worldwide
“An ecstatic journey into the miracle of age reversal by two of the finest physicians and thinkers of our time. Grow Younger, Live Longer provides you with every tool to dramatically reverse your biological age. Willingly suspend your disbelief and observe yourself growing younger in every way. The best book on this subject since Dr. Chopra’s bestseller Ageless Body, Timeless Mind.” –Wayne Dyer, Ph.D., author of Your Erroneous Zones and The Wisdom of the Ages