Every moment of everyday you are making choices that affect your destiny. which is not only your longevity but the quality of life you hope to enjoy. Those choices matter a lot.
Sovereignty, the Tao virtue of self-discipline is how you control desire and ego traits that can lead us down the wrong path. The right path, the true path is before you in every moment of choice.
Examples of Lifestyles That Promote Longevity
In November 2005 National Geographic Magazine featured an article titled “Secrets of Long Life” by Dan Buettner who went on to publish a book titled: Thrive: Finding Happiness the Blue Zones Way. Since then, there have been more books and articles all pointing to communities around the world that have shown to have an unusual number of Centenarians and long-life people. The data from his reporting has shown how specific lifestyle choices in these communities play a significant role in longevity. Another interesting note is that some of the things that contribute to longevity are not what you would not be expecting.
In the year 1677, a man named Li Ching Yuen was born Sichuan Province, China. He died in 1933 making him 256 years old! The old master of Taoist Internal Alchemy and herbologist practiced what would later evolve into the energy cultivation now called Qi Gong or Chi-Kung. He is the best-known example of extreme Longevity that we know of. It shows what is possible.
Both longevity examples above indicate that a long life is possible when we learn to live in such a way that self-destructive practices are minimized. Not only can we stop lifestyle choices that cause earlier than expected death, but we can add positive lifestyle choices that can extend the lifespan longer than what is typically expected.
Cultivating Life (Longevity)
Be The One
“I have heard of those who are good at cultivating life” Verse 7, Chapter 50 Tao Tè Ching
Lao Tzu wrote the Tao Tè Ching more than 2500 years ago which indicates that people were cultivating the alchemy in his day. It is thought that the roots of Taoist Internal Alchem can be traced back to time of The Yellow Emperor, Huang Di, from the 26th century BC. Longevity traditions can be traced back in other cultures and are just as old. These ancient principles are just as powerful and relevant today as they were way back then. The ancients would not have used the word ‘lifestyle’, but they understood how there were ways to live better longer lives. Unlike today, only the rich had the luxury of having so many choices to pick from. Today we have enough freedom and choices that we often self-destruct due to lack of self-restraint. If you are not mindful and paying attention (distraction) you won’ be able t control desire and impulses that directly affect your health and wellbeing.
Your Destiny Is NOT Predetermined
Who knows the ultimate end They have no determined outcome Verse 7 & 8, Chapter 58, Tao Te Ching
Lao Tzu is referring to the Misfortune and Fortune that come and go in our life and that our destiny is not predetermined. It is how you deal with these occurrences that will determine your longevity fate. The Alchemy of life is both cultivated and protected in the way you live your life, which is something that should and can control with Sovereignty.
In This blog is about Lifestyle choices and how to cultivate longevity as well as a destiny of wellbeing and joy. It examines various Lifestyle elements and how they play a role in your personal longevity. The alchemy of life is either nurtured or hampered by how you live.
What and how much you choose to eat matters How much sitting or exercise you get matters How much stress or relaxation matters and most importantly, how much spiritual cultivation matters Your lifestyle choices matter Consider these lifestyle choices that may help lead to a greater understanding of your own longevity and a longer more successful life.
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