The Art of Longevity
“If you ask what is the single most important key to longevity, I would have to say it is avoiding worry, stress and tension. And if you didn't ask me, I'd still have to say it.” ~George F. Burns
When Master Jiro Murai revived the ancient art of Jin Shin Jyutsu around 1920, one of the terms that he used to described Jin Shin Jyutsu was the Art of Longevity: Live fully, experience each breath fully.
Most of us are raised to believe that growing older means a progressive decline in health, wellness, mental and physical ability. I feel lucky to have had the most amazing Young Grandmother! She passed away at over 90 years old but throughout my life she has been an inspiration in vitality. I have vivid memories of her smiling and living life fully. In her 80's she was encouraged to participate in the local Senor Center activities but she declined saying "Why would I want to hang out with those old people?" She ran her own antique shop well into her 80’s, active and fun-loving. This woman had life to LIVE! She always made such an impression on me that for as long as I can remember, I would tell her that when I was as old as her, I wanted to be as young as she was! For me, she set the example that a study by researchers at North Carolina State University in 2009 concluded-that you really are only as old as you think you are. Thank you Grandma!
It is often cited that genetics are at play where longevity is concerned, however recent studies show that of those who live to be 100 years old, only 35% of them have the “longevity gene”. Director of the UGA Institute of Gerontology, Leonard W. Poon, says, “While scientists have to date largely focused on the biology of longevity, the secrets of living to an exceptional age lie more in our personalities, attitudes, support systems and life experiences than our genes.” According to Len Kravitz, a professor of exercise science at the University of New Mexico, there are essential elements required for our health and longevity. We must minimize the effects of stress, socialize, be physically active, keep our brains active and engaged, and we must laugh more.
When we look at stress, it is the number one contributor to dis-ease of all kinds. And the interesting thing is that it is not so much about how much stress we have in our lives, but how we cope with those stresses, how well we are able to minimize the effects of stress and find a place of balance and calm.
Regular Jin Shin Jyutsu sessions and self-help provides a valuable support system as it is aids in restoring the body's energy systems to a balanced, efficient, functioning state. It's practice helps us to take charge of our negative attitudes and to change the self-defeating belief of inevitable aging. It teaches us to master the art of living and to see aging as an opportunity for greater peace of mind, wisdom, creativity and happiness. Jin Shin Jyutsu brings to us a new awareness of our limitless life energy and of our ability to partake of the effortless reality, which is our birthright. We can then expect the best results by learning and practicing good health habits for staying healthy and reducing stress. Jin Shin Jyutsu brings to us a new awareness of our limitless life energy and of our ability to partake of the effortless reality, which is our birthright. We can then expect the best results by learning and practicing good health habits for staying healthy and reducing stress. Ultimately, Jin Shin Jyutsu will restore you to a knowledge of yourself and of your long dormant innate ability to improve the quality of your life.
"Controlling mental and physical stress is the key to a long, healthy and happy life." ~Nicholas Perricone, M.D.