Book Reviews: Ageless Body, Timeless Mind, by Deepak Chopra

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This article is a book review about a book written by the writer Deepak Chopra.

This writer has written many books about a range of different subjects. This one is about ageing, and why we age.

The writer (of this article) once met Deepak at a talk on transcendental meditation. He seemed an unassuming type of a guy, who certainly did look ageless in his way, or maybe it was just the quality of his skin. He obviously drinks enough water!

If we hold the thought strongly enough that we won't age, we won't!

The search for the fountain of youth, or discovering the secret to prevent us from ageing, has been going on for many, many years.

The author of this book being reviewed here, Deepak Chopra, thinks that instead of trying to slow down the ageing of our bodies outwardly, using diet, exercise, or anything else, if we just think ourselves as young with our minds, we will be.

He backs up this assertion made in his book with a lot of statistical evidence, and from examining the results of various trialling of this idea.

Deepak Chopra is very well-known in the field of spirituality, and he advocates the use of alternative medicines. He is a prolific writer having written over 80 books, at last count.

Here is a link to his web-site.

One rather strange assertion that he makes in his book is this one though.

The author claims that because our body is made up of about seventy percent water, (the scientists agree with this, but they say that it varies from person to person. The percentage could actually range from around 50 % up to nearly 75 %. It all depends on your hydration level, and different parts of the body also hold different levels of water too. Your lungs hold 83 % water, for example) because water itself doesn't age, seventy percent of our body cannot age either.

In other words, ageing must be all in our minds!

Water itself though is extremely important to our body. We should drink adequate amounts of it each and every day!

Drinking water delays the ageing process of deterioration.

The quality, health, and condition of your skin depends on its proper hydration. Your skin is more soft, and less dry. Dry skin wrinkles more easily. Water brings nutrients to the skin cells via the medium of water. Your skin needs water from the inside, more than it ever needs any softening agents applied to its outside.

Water assists us to detoxify our body efficiently.

Without enough water, we might develop constipation for example. Urination assists in this process of eliminating toxins from our bodies too.

Reduced water intakes make this process harder for our bodies to achieve, putting a strain on our system too. These are the water soluble toxins, which can be eliminated by sweating, but this also places unnecessary stress on the body, and can result in skin problems like acne or eczema, as the body tries to push out these toxins through your skin, which, if you drank sufficient enough water, would be eliminated in your urine instead.

Spiritually speaking we might think of this water as being life-giving for us, because it is related to the living water talked about in the Christian bible by Jesus Christ.

One such reference to this comes from Saint john's gospel, chapter 7, verse 38.

"Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them."

Physical water relates to this inner water too.

Living water is living love, and the physical water, and drinking it, means in a way that you love your body, by your giving it this representational object of love, which represents the living water in our physical world.

Different types of Ageing

Deepak Chopra, in this book, talks about three different types of ageing.

His three types of ageing are these ones:

Chronological age: This is how old you are in your Earth-time years.

Biological age: This is how old your body is in terms of comparing it to other like bodies (i.e. to other people) of your chronological age. How fit you are in terms certain tests of your vital functioning, and your critical life signs, and cellular processing.

Psychological age: How old you feel, or think that you feel that you are.

He gives a very interesting example of how these three ages work.

A sixty year old marathon runner may have the stamina, leg muscle tone, and lung capacity, as well as heart strength, and functioning, of someone half his age. On the other hand, his knees might be ready to pack it in.

The extra stress impacting them continually, might have crippled them, and so they might be the equivalent age of someone nearly ninety.

Chronological age does not age all parts of your body uniformly. Every part of your body works to its own timetable, but the way you treat it also affects it greatly too.

Psychological age is a much more personal type of age, and this type of personal inner feeling about how old you are can change itself almost instantly.

One day, you might feel on top of the world, for example, and the next, you might say that you are really feeling much older than what you are, or you might say to someone else, that you are really feeling your age, much more today.

We can react to how old we are in two ways, we can resist getting old, or accept it. Our mind fears change. This is a type of resistance. This resistance turns into stress in our bodies. We age faster. This is a vicious process, as when we feel more stress, we then worry more, fear even more, and so we then perpetuate this cycle in an on-going way, until we finally develop some type of stress related disease.

The author, Deepak Chopra claims that all old age problems we bring to our self, from placing ourselves in this ever-increasing, spiralling upwards, stress cycle.

"Life gives you plenty of time to do whatever you want to do if you stay in the present moment."

This quote is from Deepak himself. He claims that the more that we can stay in the now, the less we will worry about our age, or about our ageing.

Perhaps this is much easier said than done though!!

"In everyone's life, at some time, our inner fire goes out. It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being. We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit."

The above quote is from the German philosopher, and theologian, Albert Schweitzer, (1875 to 1965).

Apparently then, our inner fire can go out, and even more surprisingly, it can be re-lit outwardly like this.

I say surprisingly, because how could an outer fire relight an inner one?

Perhaps this is only possible if we accept the great truth that all fires are part of love.

Both the inner and the outer fire only ever come alive from this same love.

When someone deeply loves us outwardly of course, then we will feel it inwardly, and our inner fire then will fire up again too, if it has died down, or even if it has gone completely out, (that is if it could ever really do so, which I myself doubt.)

The next part of my article talks more about this inner fire in relation to ageing.

Longevity

Deepak Chopra talks a lot about the science of longevity. He mentions certain obvious factors that help to prolong it, such as diet, and exercise, but then he mentions something else too, the breath.

Deepak says that our breathing pattern affects our emotions, as we all probably know already anyway, that is if we thought about it.

Anger produces shallow breathing, so does fear. All negative emotions tend to shorten our breath like this. Positive emotions, on the other hand, like feeling joy, or feeling peaceful, tend to lengthen our breath.

When we look at a beautiful sunset, we might take in a very deep breath, and then sigh to ourselves wistfully, about how beautiful this view really is for us. He compares this to a meditative state. Meditation then can be used to lengthen your life, is his assertion here.

Our diet is also extremely important.

Deepak promotes the vegetarian diet, and he advocates that the best food for you is raw food.

Foods produced by natural means are referred to as the fire of life. Natural foods are heated/created by the fire of the sun. Foods over-cooked, and processed, are prepared with the fire of death.

Living food will lengthen your life, dead food will shorten it. This is why we should not eat food that we have killed, like animal meat.

Quoting Jesus Christ to back this up, we might refer to this advice of his.

"For life comes only from life, and from death comes always death."

This quote comes from one of the Essene writings, attributed to him.

The quote then goes on then like this:

"Everything which kills your foods, kills your bodies also. And everything which kills your bodies kills your souls also. And your bodies become what your foods are, even as your spirits, likewise, become what your thoughts are."

"Therefore, eat not anything which fire, or frost, or water has destroyed. For burned, frozen and rotted foods will burn, freeze and rot your body also. Live only by the fire of life, and prepare not your foods with the fire of death, which kills your foods, your bodies and your souls also."

"The fire of life is in you, in your blood, and in your bodies."

"The fire of death is the fire which blazes outside your body, which is hotter than your blood. With that fire of death you cook your foods in your homes and in your fields. I tell you truly, it is the same fire which destroys your foods and your bodies, even as the fire of malice, which ravages your thoughts, raves your spirits."

"For your body is that which you eat, and your spirit is that which you think. Eat nothing, therefore, which a stronger fire than the fire of life has killed. Wherefore, prepare and eat all the fruits of trees, and all grasses of the fields, and all milk of beasts good for eating."

"For all these are fed and ripened by the fire of life; all are the gift of the angels of our Earthly Mother. But eat nothing to which only the fire of death gives savour, for such is of Satan."

"Eat always from the table of God: the fruits of the trees, the grain and grasses of the field, the milk of beasts, and the honey of bees. For everything beyond these is of Satan (bad energies), and leads by the way of sins and of diseases unto death. But the foods which you eat from the abundant table of God give strength and youth to your body, and you will never see disease."

Now, that was a fairly lengthy quote, but it is one that is well worth quoting, I feel, in its entirety.

These Essene writings are claimed to be from Jesus Christ himself, but the actual Christian bible clearly indicates that Jesus himself (together with his disciples) ate fish, and in more than one place too.

"When they landed (their boat), they saw that a charcoal fire had been prepared, with fish on it, and some bread (by Jesus himself)."

This verse for instance is from Saint John's gospel, chapter 21, verse 9.

Verse 12 then says, "Jesus said to them, "Come and have breakfast.""

I am sure then that Jesus himself probably would have been more moderate in his own approach to diet then that what the Essenes claim of him here.

Our diet is perhaps best kept raw of course, as much as is possible, but some meats, such as fish, will sustain you in times of greater need, and God has provided all things for you as steadiers to you. In a way, then it is you, yourself that make things unclean with your thoughts, not the things that are unclean of themselves.

This simply means that all things, properly used, are clean, and they can sustain and improve your life for you, if used, and prepared with love, from love.

This is a thoughtfully written book.

The author covers a myriad of other subjects here too. He devotes a whole chapter or two then to ageing and awareness. He claims that we need to become aware of something to do something about it. Awareness then is always the first step to him.

Become more aware of the ageing process.

Choose not to age through choosing not to awarely, in your ageless mind, which is also timeless, and by your so doing this, this will then lead you also to living within an ageless body then too.

Read his book, and age more gracefully, with a whole lot less stress too.

Photo credits:

The cover photo of the book used here has been taken by myself, but the other photos have been freely sourced from the free media site, pixabay.com.

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author avatar Carol Roach
23rd Aug 2015 (#)

I don't think that I could give up on eating meat

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author avatar spirited
23rd Aug 2015 (#)

Thanks Carol.

It would be hard for me to do too, especially because of my family connections. My wife loves her meat.

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author avatar Helen Thomas
24th Aug 2015 (#)

Great article with wonderful tips in this book review ~ Spirited. Thanks for sharing.

Blessings.

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author avatar spirited
24th Aug 2015 (#)

thanks for your comment here Helen.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
24th Aug 2015 (#)

Thanks for this in-depth review Spirited. You have shared the gist of what matters.

I do not know whether it is a good idea not to age or slow down the process. For me, let time take its course. We have enough time at hand to do what we want and even more.

I am a vegetarian from birth and I like that lifestyle as we treat others like we want to be treated, but I do not want to preach.

It is commonsense not to alter what nature gives us like changing our body functions through medicines as it is the best pharmacy. So better to have fresh veggies, fruits without preserving them as far as possible - siva

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author avatar spirited
24th Aug 2015 (#)

thanks siva, time will take its own course, of course, but some of us want an extra course or two, along the way... LOL...

I am in two minds about trying to live longer too. It might cause more problems than it solves, in the long run.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
24th Aug 2015 (#)

Frankly Spirited we have to be realistic. "Overstaying the welcome" comes to mind readily and I do not think there is an exception to this rule!

Again, "familiarity breeds contempt" and after a while even our own loved ones need their own space!

Yes, we have to move on sooner than we think necessary! siva

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author avatar spirited
24th Aug 2015 (#)

thanks for re-commenting siva.

It's funny if you believe the bible, people once lived hundreds and hundreds of years, but there were less people around then I think.

We can't have it both ways.

We would die off from overpopulation if we all lived that long now!

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
24th Aug 2015 (#)

Agreed Spirited. I compare life here to being in an elevator/lift. There is only so much of space. Others are impatiently waiting to get in, so we have to make space after our ride! Maybe, we have to join the queue again! siva

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author avatar spirited
24th Aug 2015 (#)

thanks again siva

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author avatar Kingwell
24th Aug 2015 (#)

Deepak Chopra has written some good books ans this is certainly one of them. The man is one of the great spiritual teachers of our time. Blessings.

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author avatar spirited
24th Aug 2015 (#)

He started as an understudy for Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, the founder of TM (transcendental meditation, the one the Beetles were involved in, many years ago)

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author avatar Fern Mc Costigan
24th Aug 2015 (#)

Awesome post Spirited coming from Mr. Chopra and your thoughts its an awesome post, cheers!

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author avatar spirited
24th Aug 2015 (#)

thanks Fern

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author avatar M G Singh
25th Aug 2015 (#)

Good review and interesting to read. Will read Chopra now.

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author avatar spirited
25th Aug 2015 (#)

Thanks Madan,

You do need to get used to his style of writing, but what he says is worth reading.

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author avatar Ptrikha
26th Aug 2015 (#)

Remarkable book and looks like a worth read!

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author avatar spirited
26th Aug 2015 (#)

yes, well worth reading, thanks Ptrikha

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