Grow Younger, Live Longer: 10 Steps to Reverse Aging by Dr. Deepak Chopra
Amazon.com Review Written as an easily accessible plan based on his Ageless Body, Timeless Mind, Deepak Chopra's Grow Younger, Live Longer presents many of the same quantum-based theories of aging as simply a matter of changing your perception. But here, you'll find the format greatly simplified into 10 short chapters, each with a single focus. Each step is fairly basic and combines visualization and breathing exercises with the behavior modifications we've come to expect when we try to get healthier, such as more exercise, balanced eating, avoidance of toxins, and regular sleep. Clear diagrams are included as necessary, such as with his yoga stretches and breathing exercises, and tables have been provided for a quick glance at some recommendations for vitamins. A handful of internationally inspired vegetarian recipes is tucked in the back and are a fun way to introduce some unusual flavors to your meals. --Jill Lightner
From Library Journal
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.
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 Simons 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
In Grow Younger, Live Longer, Deepak Chopra, a pioneer in mind/body medicine, applies his decades of research and knowledge to actually reverse the aging process. This simple and practical step-by-step program designed by Dr. Chopra and his associate, David Simon, M.D., shows how it is essential to renew all dimensions of the self—the body, mind, and spirit—in order to feel and look younger. The ten-step program detailed in this book will immediately improve your sense of well-being, and the three Daily Actions accompanying each step will help you thoroughly integrate the age reversal process into your life. Learn how to maintain a youthful mind, cultivate flexibility, strengthen your immune system, nourish your body, and much more. As you begin to reverse your biological age, you will find yourself tapping into your inner reservoirs of unlimited energy, creativity, and vitality.
From the Inside Flap
Read by Deepak Chopra 3 cassettes/approx. 5 hours In the tradition of the mega-bestseller Ageless Body, Timeless Mind, Deepak Chopra, M.D., and his colleague David Simon, M.D., present ten practical steps that enable listeners to reset their biological age (which determines how you look and feel) as much as fifteen years lower than their chronological age. The idea for this book was born in early Spring 2000, when Dr. Chopra was being interviewed on Larry King Live!. As the conversation turned to aging, Dr. Chopra listed ten steps we can take to reverse its effects. The phones at the television studio and the Chopra Center for Well Being lit up with calls from people wanting to know more. This phenomenal response clearly called for a new audiobook on the topic, and here it is. At the heart of Grow Younger, Live Longer is a simple-to-follow program for personal renewal, complete with specific supplements, exercises, and meditation techniques. Among the steps are: Change your perception of time Access restful awareness and restful sleep Nourish your body with anit-aging food Eliminate toxins Make love the most important thing in your life --This text refers to the Audio Cassette edition.
From the Back Cover
“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
About the Author
More than a decade ago, DEEPAK CHOPRA, M.D., founder of the Chopra Center for Well Being in La Jolla, California, became the foremost pioneer in integrated medicine. His insights have redefined our definition of health to embrace body, mind, and spirit. His books, which include Quantum Healing; Perfect Health; Ageless Body, Timeless Mind; and The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success, have become international bestsellers and established classics of their kind. DAVID SIMON, M.D., a graduate of the University of Chicago Medical School, is a neurologist and an expert in Ayurveda, the traditional medical system that has its roots in ancient India. His earlier books include The Wisdom of Healing, Return to Wholeness, and The Chopra Center Herbal Handbook. He is cofounder of the Chopra Center for Well Being, where he serves as its medical director.
From the Trade Paperback edition.
Excerpt. © Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved. Chapter 1 You have been living inside a prison that has no visible walls -- the confines of your self derive entirely from the habits and conditioning of your mind. If you are committed to growing younger, you must escape this prison of conditioning. You are not to blame for living within unnecessary limitations. If a rope is tied around the leg of a baby elephant and attached to a stake in the ground, it learns that it can only move within very narrow limits. Years later, as a powerful adult, it still remains within narrow confines when its leg is staked, even though it has the strength to uproot an entire tree. It has been conditioned to accept the limitations imposed upon it. In a similar way, most people think and act within the narrow limitations of what they have been taught during childhood, without questioning the basic assumptions that structure their worldview. To live a healthier, richer, more creative life you need to recognize that most of what you hold to be true derives from habits of thought. We are born into a prevailing conversation about the world. As soon as we are capable of speaking, we engage in this conversation, reinforcing with our own thoughts and actions the patterns of thinking and behavior that surround us. This is unmistakably true in regards to how we view the body and its aging. Until recently, few have questioned the assumption that aging is irreversible, and therefore, for generation after generation, people have reinforced the habitual thinking that growing older meant a progressive decline in mental and physical capacity. It is now time to change our habits of thinking and behaving and alter our experience of the body and the aging process.
The Quantum Possibilities
Drawing upon the wisdom traditions of the East, the dramatic new discoveries of modern quantum physics, and our own personal and professional experience, we invite you to change the way you think about and experience the world and your body. Despite how radical some of these ideas may at first appear, we encourage you to try out the practical approaches we offer and experience for yourself how this program can revitalize your body and mind. From the perspective of quantum physics, reality is a mysterious, magical place. While on the physical plane of everyday life, time and space predominate and entropy, decay, and aging are the normal course of events, these are not features of quantum reality. The quantum realm is the fountainhead of pure potentiality, giving rise to the raw material of your body, your mind, and the physical universe. The quantum realm is the womb of creation, the invisible world where the visible is designed and assembled. We can summarize the key principles of quantum physics in five main points: 1. In the quantum realm there are no fixed objects, only possibilities. 2. In the quantum realm, everything is interwoven and inseparably one. 3. Quantum leaps are a feature of the quantum realm. A quantum leap is the ability to move from one location in space or time to another without having to go through any place or time in between. 4. One of the laws of the quantum realm is the Uncertainty Principle, which states that an event is a particle (matter) and a wave (energy) simultaneously. Your intention determines whether you see a particle or a wave. 5. In the quantum realm, an observer is needed to create an event. Before a subatomic particle is observed, it exists only as a virtual particle; all events are virtual events until the moment they are observed. Your own body/mind system is also an expression of the same quantum field that underlies everything in the universe. Therefore, you can apply these quantum principles to the way you look at your body and aging. Rephrased in terms of your biology, they would be: 1. You are not merely the physical body that you identify with out of habit. Your essential state is a field of infinite possibilities. 2. Your body is inseparably one with the whole universe. When you are perfectly healthy or whole, you feel expanded. You become constricted only when you have discomfort or dis-ease. This comes from a feeling of separation. 3. You are capable of taking quantum leaps in perception and interpretation. With these quantum leaps you can alter not only the experience of the physical body but its very structure. Your physical body is capable of taking a quantum leap from one biological age to another without having to go through all the intervening ages in between. 4. Your body is simultaneously material (particlelike) and non-material (wavelike). You can choose to experience your body as physical or as a network of energy, transformation, and intelligence. 5. Before you decide which biological age you choose to experience, you are all possible biological ages. It's up to you to decide what age you want to be. If you choose to see yourself as a physical entity, separate from everything else, you discard the chance to reverse the aging process. If you are able to look at yourself as a field of possibilities, intimately interrelated to everything else, wonderful new opportunities emerge. We encourage you to use these thoughts to trigger a paradigm shift in your awareness. With this shift you can gain a completely different understanding of the body/mind system you inhabit, the world you perceive, and the essence of your being. Viewing your body from the perspective of quantum physics opens up new modes of understanding and experiencing the body and its aging. The practical essence of this new understanding is that human beings can reverse their aging.
In the Language of Spirit
Knowledge traditions seek to understand and explain the workings of the cosmos. The perspective of quantum physics offers a fascinating way to view life, the body, and aging. The perennial wisdom traditions of the East offer equally amazing insights into the nature of reality. As explorers of both modern science and the ancient knowledge traditions, we are enthused and inspired by the closer and closer alignment between these different perspectives on life. According to Ayurveda, the ancient healing tradition of India, aging is an illusion because your true self is neither your body nor your mind. Your essential nature, who you really are, is the domain of ever-present witnessing awareness that is beyond your physical and mental layers. This field of consciousness gives rise to both the thoughts in your mind and the molecules in your body. Tapping into this realm of awareness where time and space have no meaning is the basis of emotional and physical renewal. Accessing this field of pure potentiality has spiritual as well as physical consequences. Knowing your essential self as a nonlocal being, inextricably interrelated to everything else in the cosmos, awakens greater creativity, meaning, and purpose in life. Although the most profound way to improve health and reverse aging is ultimately a spiritual one, not everyone is immediately ready to accept this approach. One person may want to lose weight, another may need help to stop smoking, while a third may be seeking a more fulfilling love relationship. Each of these needs is important in its own right, but taking a spiritual approach opens the door to the evolution of consciousness, which can make all these things possible, and many more. A spiritual approach means that we expand our awareness, even while focusing our attention and intention locally. The reason we perform any action is in the hope that it will bring us satisfaction, fulfillment, and happiness. Embracing the spiritual domain, which is the source and goal of all desires in life, creates the possibility for satisfaction, happiness, and fulfillment independent of the inevitably changing situations, circumstances, and people that surround us. Those fortunate ones who dwell in this domain have achieved what is often called enlightenment. Viewing your choices from a spiritual perspective means asking the big questions: Who are you? Why are you here? What do you really want? How can you best serve? Although at first glance these questions may seem irrelevant to slowing the aging process, they are actually essential to renewal. Shifting your internal reference point from an egocentric being, whose sense of worth depends upon the positions and possessions one has accumulated, to a network of conscious energy, woven from the threads of universal intelligence, has a profound effect on your mind and body. When you become clear that the reason you want to live to a hundred or more years is so you can express your full creative potential, you change your chemistry and physiology. When you identify your unique talents and commit to using them in the service of others, you strengthen your immune system. When you decide that exercising regularly or preparing a balanced meal is an enjoyable experience, you improve your circulatory health and lower your blood pressure. Your perceptions, interpretations, and expectations influence every aspect of your mental and physical health. Shifting your perspective and making new choices provide you with powerful tools to change your life.
The Window to Renewal
One of the ways science makes major advances is by studying situations, circumstances, and events that are the exception to the usual way things work. These are sometimes called anomalies, or exceptions to the rule. Most scientists ignore anomalies, but in fact, these are the very things we should be studying. If something breaks the rule, no matter what it is, no matter how infrequent it is, no matter how remote the probability, it means that a new possibility has arisen. And if a new possibility has presented itself, there must be a mechanism. Even if only one person out of ten million cures himself of cancer or of AIDS, we have to pay attention. Most scientists tend to disregard events that are so rare they do not regularly infringe upon the prevailing view of the world. They may dismiss an anomaly by saying...
In this comprehensive program, two highly respected mind-body experts provide a broad lesson on how to become younger as you age. Chopra's voice has become a familiar, calming influence to many and is a wonderful medium for this kind of wisdom to reach the ear and the heart. The supporting research and anecdotes are exactly right for the message, which comes across as a friendly reminder that everything in the body is connected to everything in the mind. Though there are plenty of action steps and habits to put into practice, including good dietary and skin care advice, their major point is that youth is a head thing--you're only as young as you decide to feel. A smooth and rewarding introduction to mind-over-matter healthcare. T.W. © AudioFile 2002, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.