By Jesse Anson Dawn
Tips on Keeping Mind and Body Young
Jesse Anson Dawn,age 55, 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: "In books and articles you emphasize the importance of creativity in the youthing process. But precisely how does creativity rejuvenate?
Most of the Big Answers seem to dwell in little known truths of nature. A prime example of this occurs in an interesting fact I came across, the fact that in all of known life on Earth, only the brains of certain songbirds are continually "mitotic". In other words, it seems the musicality of certain birds enables them perpetual brain cell renewal throughout their lives, while "normal" human brain mitosis (cell re-creation) usually slows down at a certain age. Further studies reveal that one of the key things about singing is it stimulates parts of the brain to talk to other parts, thereby enabling more of the brain to be used, plus it helps oxygenate cells and thus stimulates immunity.
And along with singing, playing a musical instrument has been found to help brain function, which is why many schools throughout the world require students to take piano lessons, with an organizer of the "Musical Brain Development" program in U.S. schools declaring: "You can't think of music and art as frills anymore." No, hardly "frills" when it teaches kids to think beyond gunplay.
But as to a named scientific force which pinpoints what creative expression actually does for the brain/body, there is indeed such an energy, and it all centers on a little known phenomenon, the power of -
Electrogenesis is a word defined by Webster's New Collegiate Dictionary as "THE PRODUCTION OF ELECTRICAL ACTIVITY IN LIVING TISSUE". And I have emphasized and enlarged this definition because it is central to my CE Mindpower system and explores a surprisingly unexplored ability, surprising because it is electrogenic (electrical, neural brainwave) activity that, more than anything, stops decay of the body.
And although the most direct and readily visible way electrogenesis can be stimulated is by way of a certain kind of self-massage thoroughly detailed in my books, for the moment let's look at how electrogenesis is activated by the form of self-expression that we call singing. For we've all noticed that certain singers - especially those not bent on self-destruction - often look much younger than their numerical age. And as for some un-"face-lifted" verifications of this, consider someone like the Gordon Sumner fellow who calls himself "Sting" - the songster who proclaims in his 1996 release: "Let your soul be your pilot" - a spirited philosophy which may help Sting look at least a decade younger than his "pushing 50" tag.
Or how about the seemingly unaging Jackson Browne, a thought-provoking singer who asks this potent question in his song Looking East: "How long will it take to find the higher power moving in me?" And yet it seems Browne has already found that higher power "light" I steadily refer to - that creative spark found neither "east" nor "west" but within us all . . . or on the same list of musically rejuvenated people, we could add the highly energetic Jamaican, Jimmy Cliff (over 50 years old but looking like 30) - or Fleetwood Mac's amazing Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham - both of them looking better than ever - or the superb Stevie Winwood, a man who in the 1990s looks like he did in the 60s - Winwood whose trademark song Higher Love tells of a transcendent bodyspirit which he both sings and lives.
Or how about the tireless Tina Turner, a woman who at last count was almost 60, but still she sustains the vibrancy of someone 25 years younger. All of which convinces me that exercising one's vocal chords (in key or off key, for singing, just like any skill, is polished by practice) is a surefire help to mind/body renewal. So whether you are singing in the shower or on your way to work, I heartily recommend DOING IT whenever it feels good . . . As again I wish you all happy rebirthday and as always, happy rejuvenating!
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 (800) RENEW-22 (736-3922) or send a check for $11.95 (includes book, first-class postage and handling) made out to World Changing Books and mail to P.O. Box 5491, Hilo, HI 96720.
Return to the May/June Issue Index page