Tips on Keeping Mind and Body Young
By Jesse Anson Dawn
Jesse Anson Dawn, author of the national award-winning book, Never “Old”, plus The Rejuvenator’s Bible, speaks out about a most stirring subject: how to counteract the unwanted effects of “aging.”
Presently answering the question: “How do you feel about claims that a concern for rejuvenation is centered merely in one’s superficial ‘vanity’?”
My concern about rejuvenation is not about so-called “vanity,” nor is it centered in a “fear’” of growing “old” — but it is centered in consciousness and reality. It is centered in a holistic desire to design and get what I ask for, both physically and mentally. Not that I’m trying to redesign nature, mind you, but I’m trying to redesign false, decadent images which have been programmed into the public psyche for far too long.
And speaking about getting what we ask for, recently, during one of my Tube View weakened moments, I saw a classic example of this on a TV show….Putting down a good book to surf for a brief spell through some of the current junk food on the tube, I came across a comedian asking his audience this:
“If you could have anything that you want for yourself, what would you ask for?”
Only two women from the crowd volunteered an answer. The first response came from a so-called “middle-aged” lady who raised her hand to utter two words: “Robert Redford.”
Oh well, sure, giggled some of the audience in reaction to this rather predictable, American-style reply to a question about one’s “favorite wish.” And then came a few more predictable answers, wishes for such as things as “two weeks in Paris” or merely “a new car.”
Quite the expected answers I might say, answers seemingly guided by typically media-generated opinions instead of personal feelings.
“If you leave the smallest corner of your head vacant for a moment, other people’s opinions will rush in from all quarters,” wrote the refreshingly atypical George Bernard Shaw (who was still writing good books and plays at 92). And Shaw’s reasoning applies well to that studio audience and their rather unimaginative choices for “anything they want.”
But at the top of my “wish-list” would surely be this: perpetual youth — and I mean the real thing, REAL bodily control, not phony face creams or chemo-surgical gimmicks, but a truly lasting, formed by real knowledge, conscious body. For I can’t imagine an achievement which would bring more personal satisfaction, aiming us both physically and mentally toward the art of —
FINDING GOOD WITHIN
Surely one of the best things about the creative psychology approach to rejuvenation is it doesn’t take a disconnected “ivory tower” look at life, but just the opposite. For just as sagely futurist Marshall McLuhan said: “To prevent undue wreckage, the artist needs now to move from the ivory tower to the control tower of society.”
Indeed, it’s a “control tower” attitude which has always stirred creativity — stirred such as Walt Whit-man to communicate his poetry even to presidents and senators — Whitman whose “Song of Myself” spoke of a “body electric” several decades before electricity came into common use. But Whitman’s approach to electricity focuses on how it is spiritually generated, focuses on how he and fellow poets such as Ralph Waldo Emerson intensified spirit by traveling the path which Emerson called “finding good within.” For it is within where we find the electricity of the mind, where we find and project the true Song of Oneself.
And thank you for letting me sing you another verse of this hopefully open-ended song — a song which is not about so-called “vanity” — but a song about heights and rights — a perpetually conscious, never-too-old-to-learn song — a song about truth and being and happiness.
For the whole self-renewal story, Jesse Dawn’s (Pulitzer Prize nominated) 258-page book, Never “Old”, can be received free of charge by purchasing his new book, “The Rejuvenator’s Bible: Working Ways to Create Perpetual Youth Naturally” (237 pages) for the retail price of $15. To receive both books for the price of one, call World Changing Books at (800) 736-3922 and order with Visa or MC, or send a check payable to World Changing Books, POB 5491, Hilo, HI 96720. ($15 includes books, plus free 1st class postage) You can also order by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org Also check out www.angelfire.com/hi4/jessedawn
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