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The Energy To Change

The Energy To Change

The difference between healthy and unhealthy energy can be summarized as follows: Healthy energy is flowing, flexible, dynamic, balanced, soft, associated with positive feelings. Unhealthy energy is stuck, frozen, rigid, brittle, hard, out of balance, associated with negative emotions. People who canít find a way to change are entangled in one or more of the qualities just listed.

There are strong indications that energy is more powerful than matter. Studies in longevity, for example, examine why some people live to a healthy old age. Their secret isnít good genes, diet, not smoking, or even exercise, beneficial as all those things may be. The highest correlation for reaching ninety or hundred years of age in good shape is emotional resilience, the ability to bounce back from lifeís setbacks. That fits with one of the qualities of healthy energy: flexibility.

Starting in the late 1940s, Harvard Medical school undertook a study of young males to see why some developed premature heart attacks in middle age. The leading correlation wasnít high cholesterol, bad diet, smoking, or a sedentary lifestyle. The men who escaped premature heart attacks were likely to be those who faced their psychological problems during their twenties, as opposed to men who ignored them. Psychological problems are marked by stuck, rigid attitudes and distorted emotions, pointing us once again to the importance of energy.

Most studies indicate that we are becoming by the decade a more anxious and depressed society, more hooked on antidepressants and tranquilizers. Stress levels keep increasing, whether form loud noise, long work hours without rest, interrupted sleep patterns, or pressure at work.

Whatís really needed is a broad-spectrum cure. If all the qualities of unhealthy energy, from blockages and rigidity to negative emotions, could be healed at once, your body could quickly rebound to its natural state of health; it already knows how to thrive in the flow of healthy energy.

Adapted from Reinventing The Body, Resurrecting The Soul, by Deepak Chopra (Harmony Books, 2009).

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Deepak Chopra

Acknowledged as one of the world's greatest leaders in the field of mind body medicine, Deepak Chopra, M.D. continues to transform our understanding of the meaning of health. Chopra is known as a prolific author of over 49 books with 12 best sellers on mind-body health, quantum mechanics, spirituality, and peace. A global force in the field of human empowerment, Dr. Chopra's books have been published in more than 35 languages with more than 20 million copies in print.

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7:09PM PST on Nov 20, 2012

Wow thanks :)

7:39PM PST on Nov 15, 2012

Glad to read another suggestion to go gently. Reducing our demand for fossil fuel energy can help: use a rake not a leaf blower; ride your bike to the public library.

7:30PM PST on Nov 15, 2012

This is a great reminder that as within, so without. Most people approach this the other way around and only skim the surface.

9:03AM PST on Nov 15, 2012

Living life positively is so much more fun. Look for the good in every thing there is always something.

8:27AM PST on Nov 15, 2012

Ron G. People lived for how many years? 930 and 969? Really? LOL!!

8:14AM PST on Nov 15, 2012

Ron G. People lived for how many years? 930 and 969? Really? LOL!!

5:34AM PST on Nov 15, 2012

Really good article! thanks

1:50AM PST on Nov 15, 2012

Great article.

2:25PM PST on Nov 14, 2012

To Elaine A.:
Sometimes, you truly, amaze me.
Your intuition and cognitive thought processes are often, right on the mark. A positive attitude is essential for a rewarding, joyful life.

This is where we part company in our understanding, of what leads us to this position.
I can't reason, how anyone can be a cheerful, contented person, when she/he angers themself over other's, not agreeing with them. We can't be happy people, when we judge other races, different religions, the LGBT community, or anything, we're not.

Surely there are conservatives out there that are fantastic people, I've just not met many of them.

~Liberals, by their very attitude are more likely to enjoy change, and be comfortable within themselves, due to their 'live and let live' disposition. I won't tread on your territory and don't tread on mine.~
DO NO HARM!!!

1:35PM PST on Nov 14, 2012

May I venture to say, it takes more than energy to change.
It takes determination, mainly.
Changing your driving habits is a start, avoiding the same streets and roads.
Adding a new food to your diet is another.
Forcing ourselves to do 2 things at once. is also, helpful.

When we are adverse to change, we allow our brains to take an unneeded nap, which we should get at bedtime.
If you can get 8 hours sleep, your body will thank you for it.

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