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The Value of Balance

The Value of Balance

Before you decide that hard work is the way to prevent aging, consider that “work” as defined by physics is not synonymous with sweat and strain.

Work is needed to create orderliness and oppose the force of entropy. Exercise has a quantum effect, regardless of how much or little you do, by giving the body a chance to restore subtle patterns of functioning. Because the body uses both creation and destruction to keep its vital processes going, doing constant work is not the answer. Exercise has to be balanced by rest, because there is extensive muscle destruction during exercise that needs to be restored in periods of rest.

In every area of life the key is balance, a very general term that can be broken down into four headings: Moderation, Regularity, Rest, and Activity. Moderation means not going to extremes. Regularity means following a consistent routine. Rest means rest. Activity means activity. The cycle of rest and activity in lower animals is dictated by instinct, which humans are free to override. If we override it in the wrong direction, then we actually hasten entropy.

Adapted from The Essential Ageless Body, Timeless Mind, by Deepak Chopra (Harmony Books, 2007).

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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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6:09AM PDT on Mar 20, 2013

This is a perfect moment

9:30PM PST on Jan 10, 2013

yes .. we can search for balance......... (as men strive for perfection)..but you know what happens when we search perfection... but life is a seesaw........... (also known as a teeter-totter or teeter board)...and life is certainly not thermodynamics ...there are only 2 aspects to life ..either you are in motion or just standing still (when you will be standing still and try to will be passing by ) and when you will be in motion ..nothing can ever be balanced .(cause you will be running with life)

10:26PM PST on Jan 9, 2013

Balance in all things, yes.

5:23PM PST on Jan 9, 2013

good reminders

12:05PM PST on Nov 18, 2012

Thank you for sharing.

10:47AM PDT on Jun 6, 2012


1:41PM PST on Feb 26, 2012

great points!

9:39AM PDT on Aug 11, 2011

thanks for the article.

5:57AM PDT on Aug 7, 2011

balance is the message the world needs!

1:06AM PDT on Aug 6, 2011

Excellent advice, thank you...

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