Tips on Keeping Mind and Body Young
Jesse Anson Dawn, age 53, author of the national award-winning book, Never "Old", speaks out about a most stirring subject: how and why we age.
Presently answering the Question: "At a seminar you mentioned working on a new book called The Rejuvenation Revolution. What is the basis of such a revolution?"
Dear Reader, To me the rejuvenation revolution is one of the most positive new realities on the planet, and it all seems to revolve around new words and ideas as well as newly aware ways of seeing ourselves. "In the beginning was the word," goes the old saying, and I do indeed believe it is words, vision and concepts - and also songs - that sprout the seeds of transformation. And if so-called "revolution" means anything like the "sudden, widespread change" that dictionaries claim it does, then it is NOT TV or movies, not computers, not pharmaceuticals, politics or technology inspiring widespread transformations in humanity, but it begins with a focus on words and ideas intense and meaningful enough to turn into international movements.
Much of the rejuvenation movement began gaining momentum during the 60's and 70's. I remember in 1976 there was a newly invented but highly significant word that came into use - prolongevity. Author Albert Rosenfeld cleverly took the word "longevity" a step further and made it "prolongevity," a word/concept that looks to merge the urge for extended youthfulness into the everyday agenda of mainstream Earth. And the merger has surely come about. Indeed, the seemingly unquenchable thirst for perpetual prime-of-lifeness has become The Urge that refuses to die, resurfacing again and again as inescapable as music or the morning sun.
Yes, I can remember back before the Rejuvenation Revolution - B.R.R. back when physicians considered such things as "mind-body", "stress-release", "wholism", "fiber", and "rehydration" as minor, so-called "off-beat" ideas. And now, despite the all around better results of a mind/body/spirit approach to healing, an approach which statistics now reveal as having more patients than old school "established" methods, still much of the media continues to pooh-pooh the evidence of "alternative" mind/energy triumphs. Yes, despite even junk food ads bashing new consciousness, despite couch-potato cynicism and jealously pro-again put-downs, a nimble "New Age" is emerging. And even if medical ad-teams downplay us as "free radical" health "nuts" eroding the profits of their continuous "ask your doctor" ploy, that's okay, because we're in the revolution and we're out dancing and we're outLIVING doctors by an average of 17 years - as the wholistic, wholebody alternative keeps gaining ground and moving more into the forefront.
But still we have to contend with pharmacology's flip-side to wholism - what with wholism's druggie cousin, Chemicals R' Us, now cashing in on the exploding need to feel younger and better by peddling a parade of pricey pills for "age"-caused ailments. Forget $2.79 for a half-pint of Geritol, now ruling as anti-aging elixir #1 is Estrogen - the world's most prescribed drug - followed by "hypertension" pills like Cardizem or Procardia - costly pills but so popular that statistics list these drugs as annually grossing over a billion dollars each, worldwide - and mushrooming into more.
Enter also the so-called "prime-time percolator" Prozac, selling so fast that its yearly profits top those of industry giants such as General Mills or the Chrysler Corporation - a pill pulling in more cash than the total tax income of most third world countries, which is a bizarre indicator of American priorities and how pharmaceutical programming keeps pushing the legitimate urge to feel good in the wrong direction. Woo-ha! - Prozac, so popular that comedian Richard Lewis jokingly says there's an old folks "Jewish action film" coming out called "Get Me My Prozac!" Followed by the sequel - "Get Me To A Pharmacy!"
But the chemicals and surgery approach is surely not where I'm coming from, not since realizing that creative psychology can do the job far better than a drug or scalpel method, methods which I believe belong mainly to the past. But the future to me is all about using the creative mechanism within us, an instrument which is activated by focusing on the present rather than looking backward. Yes, the creative spark within us all, THAT is the key - learning how to focus and activate inner power, that is the REAL Rejuvenation Revolution and what it revolves around. Hence the focus of my CE seminars and books. Hear-here, viva the real revolution - the revolution of the mind and spirit.
For the whole "anti-aging" story, Jesse Dawn's 258-page book, Never "Old" (nominated for a Pulitzer Prize and winner of the National Association of Independent Publishers Award for Content) can be quickly received by charge card. Simply call World Changing Books at their toll-free number 1 (800) RENEW-22 (736-3922) or send a check for $11.95 (includes book, 1st class postage and handling) made out to World Changing Books and sent to them at P.O. Box 5491, Hilo, HI 96720.
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