Check out this article in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review from July 4, 2011 in which I’m quoted! It’s called Skip the Midlife Crisis and Seize the Chance to Reinvent Yourself. This blog is also mentioned.
LOOK! IT’S WORKING! I’M A YOUNGER VERSION OF ME!
Ellen Wood on the Power of the Unconscious on Our Minds, Our Bodies, and Our Spirit
I recently had the enormous pleasure of spending an hour with noted author and “grow young” guide, Ellen Wood, and discovered that everything I’d read and heard about her is true: She is a ball of fire who, proudly and joyfully at age 73, is at the very peak of her game. She says that she’s “only age 23 inside, with the body, energy and clarity of mind to prove it.” Ellen is truly the living expression of the value of the processes she teaches. And so, certainly, my first question to her had to be: How does this happen?
Ellen asserts that people over the age of 40, by using her techniques, can actually choose to be unlike their parent’s generation. By following her proven methods they can be exercising twice as much as previous generations. No rocking chairs or vegetating in the desert sun in their future. More likely they’ll want to move to places where they can enjoy the outdoors – to the mountains, beaches, islands, college towns—where the physical and intellectual action is. I was hooked. “But how does this happen?” I wondered.
Ellen suggests that “in the remarkable world of neuroscience and neurobiology, those responsible for mapping the human brain are now providing results that support my work. Namely, it is our minds, more specifically what we are thinking, that can effect on the very in our body. In other words, matter can be changed by thought – and it’s thoughts that can create our lives. The mind can turn our genes both on and off. That’s pure quantum physics. What we now know to be true is that genes are only a blueprint; our health and longevity can be influenced greatly by ourselves.”
Ellen goes on to say that our thinking can single-handedly create a better chance for health and longer life. Thoughts about what and who we are can be all-powerful to our health. And given the mind doesn’t know the difference between what is real or imagined in our lives we have the power to create our lives in many innovative ways. Examples of this process include affirmations (said in the present tense, said repeatedly and with emotion). “Also laughter, real or forced,” she says, “creates the same positive reaction in the mind, the unconscious and in our cells. The mind doesn’t know the difference so we can trick it.”
The goal of her workshops is to teach that expanded human consciousness is created by creating alternate pathways in the brain. The way to consciousness is to meticulously observe what you think and what you say. Ellen says that it is imperative that we establish the habit of doing these observations and that they must be accomplished without judgment and over time. Negative thoughts, such as, “I’m having a senior moment” or “I’m too old for this or that” or “I could be dead by then” only reinforce the negative instead of create health and vigor. We must instead choose life. If we do that we will grow younger, not older, and we will be able to observe the change in our bodies and minds.
Check out Ellen Wood’s book: The Secret Method for Growing Younger and her website: www.howtogrowyounger.com.
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