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Be Flexible and Live a Long Life

Be Flexible and Live a Long Life

The essence of flexibility is the willingness to let go. Surveys of centenarians (people who have lived at least 100 years) often ask, “What do you believe are the reasons that account for your long and healthy life? Is it your diet? Have you been exercising your whole life? Have you avoided tobacco? Do you drink alcohol?”

The intent of these questions, of course, is to identify common principles that could help us alive longer, healthier lives. Surprisingly, none of these questions clearly reveals the secret to longevity. The most common explanation that most of our senior citizens offer for their long life is their ability to let go.

Long-living people have flexibility and resiliency when facing the inevitable challenges in life. If you live to be 100 years old, chances are good you have experienced challenges and losses, yet these super seniors have been able to move through adversity and get on with their lives. They relinquish their hold on experiences that do not serve them. They let go and move on.

From an Ayurvedic perspective, this ability to deal with what is happening but not incur residual damage is a symptom of strong digestive power. The expression “digestive power” is applied not just to the ability to digest foods but to digest all experiences in life.

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Adapted from Grow Younger, Live Longer, by Deepak Chopra (Three Rivers Press, 2001). Reprinted by permission of the author.
Adapted from Grow Younger, Live Longer, by Deepak Chopra (Three Rivers Press, 2001).

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3:27AM PDT on Aug 5, 2013

Very freeing...thanks for sharing.

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3:31AM PDT on Oct 28, 2012

thanks for sharing

4:37AM PDT on Oct 26, 2012

Thanks for the article.

3:10PM PDT on Oct 23, 2012

Forgive and live longer.

12:23PM PDT on Oct 23, 2012

Thank you for this great article.

11:41AM PDT on Oct 23, 2012

So true.

11:26AM PDT on Oct 23, 2012


6:24AM PDT on Oct 23, 2012

The best way to be happy is to take "ownership" of your thoughts and actions. Accept responsibility for your own happiness and do not seek in others what you "owe" to yourself. Detach from things and negative people. The past doesn't serve us. My grandmother lived to 96. Never heard her complain, or ever talk about her hardships (and she had many). She was resilient and moved with the punches. And as someone commented earlier: "stop letting the ego try to convince you that u can change others. Settle back in your spiritual energy and relax". Excellent advice. This alone has changed my whole perspective and has given me new conviction of strength and purpose. Perception and intention are everything (Gary Zukav). Do you perceive that the world is somehow out to get you? Or does everyone want the best for you? Seek Self-acceptance, and release yourself from blame/guilt. Show yourself mercy and give your compassion to others. Be well.

3:41AM PDT on Oct 23, 2012

I agree, there is a point when a person recognizes that in order to live the life they want and deserve, events of the past need to be left there-in the past. Not bury the events but learn and grow from experiences both negative and positive!

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