Much of the time the work of longevity is that of stopping self-destructive habits
For newcomers, the first question may be to ask “what is the Tao of Longevity? “So, let’s break it down. The Tao, pronounced “Dow” with a “D” best translates as ‘the way’, meaning the way of doing, the way of living, or the path or even the journey of life. And Longevity is simply a long life. Simplified, The Tao of Longevity is the way of living a long successful life. That is the surface level or beginning level of understanding so we can start here. For a brief history and description of Taoism, read this.
It is good to think of the term Destiny which may be defined as that which will happen in the future. This program’s slogan is “your destiny is not predetermined”. This is to say that your future has not been decided yet and you have the opportunity right now to shape it into the future or destiny that you would rather experience. In another post, I write about how you are on this path whether you want to be or not and whether you even realize it or not. Hopefully, you are here at this site reading these words because you are seeking a means of creating a better destiny for yourself. The information on this site is here for that very reason, to help create a destiny that is not just longer, but with success and wellbeing. Along with these, you will hopefully find contentment and some degree of fulfillment. I have developed a protocol that has served me well in changing my uncertain destiny to being able to not only survive longer but to realize a sense of joy and contentment that I had always longed for. You can read my Bio to see the situation that I was able to get through. So I am sharing it with you on these pages with step-by-step practices to cultivate your own longevity path. The keyword here is “cultivate” which means to develop a skill”. Your job is to become highly skilled at being successful in life. Here are steps in cultivation
- Cultivate the ability to wake up and become aware in the present moment (Meditation)
- Cultivate the ability to stay present as much as possible (Mindfulness)
- cultivate internal alchemy (Qigong) to restore and maintain a healthy mind, body, and spirit.
- Cultivate a Lifestyle by making choices that restore and maintain your health and vitality so that you will have Longevity
- Cultivate the ability to find and return to your true path when you stray away (called “side paths”)
While cultivation does not have to follow a linear path, it should begin with learning or improving meditation and mindfulness. Being awake and aware is the foundation for managing the ego and making wise choices. It also means learning to curb distraction so that you do not become lost from your true path. With a foundation of self-awareness, you cultivate longevity each day as you make choices that create a sense of harmony in your life. This is done through the way you live, or Lifestyle choices which really matter. This harmony that you are cultivating is a result of living in such a way as to be in unity with the way nature works. Much of the time the work of longevity is that of stopping self-destructive habits which are driving ego-desire. A simple but effective view is to notice how much stress you are living with. It becomes critically important to create less stress and live with more harmony. As you will learn, Harmony is a powerful virtue that through the cause and effect of karma will ignite the fire of vitality and nurturing. The state of being of controlling the ego and self-destructive choices is called “Sovereignty”. Included on this site are lots of helpful strategies and resources including, books, videos, and articles that all point to ways of cultivating longevity and wellbeing. So ready to begin? If so start here. Then work your way through Qigong and Lifestyle for Longevity. Put them all together as a way of life.
“This is to say that your future has not been decided yet and you have the opportunity right now to shape it into the future or destiny that you would rather experience. In another post, I write about how you are on this path, whether you want to be or not and whether you even realize it or not. Hopefully, you are here at this site reading these words because you are seeking a means of creating a better destiny for yourself. “