Back Aging

 


Backward Aging News Letters

 

Master the Two Life Forces: Love and Fear

 

  • Fear focuses on survival…Love focuses on creating a worthwhile new life
  • Fear makes you build you comfort zone, the cage where you are limited by your own beliefs
  • Love gives you enthusiasm — God inside — and makes you limitless
  • Fear makes you belief you are a victim
  • Love makes you co-creator of your life and of the world
  • Fear reduces your potential to create and share
  • Love guides you to improve the world as it is right now
  • Fear makes you belief that you have no power over misery
  • Love frees yourself from the opinion of others, often just their fears
  • Fear makes you follow the crowd
  • Love guides you in optimizing your uniqueness keeping you growing endlessly
  • Fear limits your infinite potential
  • Love helps you focus on your life mission: bringing love and happiness to the world
  • Fear makes you accept instant gratifications that are detrimental to your long term well being
  • Love gives you the will, the courage and the joy to discover new territories
  • Fear limits your life’s longevity and slowly kills you with your destructive addictions
  • Love makes you happy. It lets you see and share the beauties of the world
  • Fear makes you unhappy and focused on ugliness and stupidity
  • Love makes you happy to pardon which frees you from the prison of negative emotions
  • Fear makes you unhappy with rancor, resentment, bitterness, hostility
  • The more you love the better you discover the pure divine beauty of the universe
  • Only love makes you create a long, happy, healthy, meaningful life

 

 

Note: Backward Aging News Letters are my modest contribution to enhancing life and living it to the fullest.
They start below at Backward Aging 3.0, downwards followed by 3.1, …

 

Backward Aging 3.0 – Overview

 

Is it possible? If you could age backward, what would it really mean for you? What if you could reverse the effects of years of less than optimum lifestyle? Wouldn’t that help your body function as it did five, ten or even twenty years ago?

What if you could eliminate the negative thoughts you and the media feed your mind with? Could getting rid of your fears and changing your perception of reality make you see again the beauty of the world as you did in your youth? You bet it can! I’m living proof that it can be done and I decided to share this fascinating experience with you.

First of all, I want to thank you for your interest in my writings. I know you’re curious and motivated to learn more about personal development, as are my hundred thousand subscribers.

Keep reading! Human life expectancy at birth increases regularly. During the Bronze Age, our ancestors lived to be about twenty-six years old. Today, the average lifespan approaches eighty years in the western world. That’s great! Yet most seniors are paying a heavy price for their life style errors, such as using tobacco or drugs, eating the wrong food, avoiding exercise, not learning and adapting to a fast changing world, and not realizing their full potential.

Knowledge about what to do to stay fit, and be vibrant physically and mentally at any age is all over the place: Media, Internet, seminars, webinars, books, schools, universities— you name it.

I am now in my eighties and keep active.

Daily I run, free-style swim, meditate, practice yoga, work on my computer, and study and read new material.

Regularly I go hiking for hours, scope out new things to learn, develop smart phone applications, and pursue anything that involves discovering new domains and territories.

And I’m just an ordinary guy; I’m not a genius by any means. But all my life, I have continued growing stronger, smarter, wiser, and younger!

I’m not telling you this for the pleasure of bragging, although I’m quite happy to be in a healthy physical and mental state. I’m not immortal however. I enjoy a high quality of life now. I believe it’s time to share the secret that can change your life if you use it. I see so much suffering around me from people even half my age that I decided to focus on spreading the knowledge I was lucky enough to acquire and test on myself.

Over the years, I have been reading voraciously and testing on myself anything that had to do with health, nutrition, exercise, well-being, stress management, positive thinking, mind control, meditation, happiness and more.

I just recently discovered my trigger points, a fabulous easy way to eliminate most, if not all, symptoms and causes of physical pains. To learn more about trigger points click here . I’ll write about my own experience in future letters.

But, applying this knowledge is hard! It would have been so much easier for me to stay in my comfort zone, slowly finding excuses to move less, do less, think less and reduce my ambitions. Staying in one’s comfort zone is what most people do. I personally think that now I’m not as old as I used to be. It’s all a question of perspective.

So, how can you really enjoy your golden years? The answer is simple: take loving care of yourself —the sooner the better! Consider yourself as a temple of life. When to start? Now! As recent scientific discoveries prove, you can transform yourself at any age: neurons, muscle, bones, anything. More importantly, you can change the life of your children by your example and the message of hope for their future that you bring them. That’s true love!

Have I inspired you to step out of your comfort zone and reverse aging? Regularly I’ll be sending out emails with up to date information about the art and science of living a long, happy, healthy, meaningful life.

So stay tuned!

Boris Clair

PS: Discover a new free fascinating personal development experience by clicking here.

 

The Quest

 

Backward Aging 3.1 – Trigger Points

 

I mentioned trigger points in my last letter. Read more about the benefits of discovering and releasing them in your own body: Just click here!

Now, let me tell you about my own experience with trigger points. I have been running since my fifties. That’s when I saw people my age starting to fall apart: Heart attacks, strokes, diabetes, cancers and more. So, I decided to do something about my own health. I started running the Paris marathon. Since then I have been running the distance of two marathons a month. Running is one of the best ways to grow lean muscles; nourish and bring oxygen to the cells; get rid of toxins and useless fat; and make your immune system grow stronger.

I like and admire medical doctors, but I tend to look at them as a last resort. I use my doctor’s services like I use my auto body mechanic’s. The mechanic usually can fix bumps after the accident. But, what about avoiding accidents in the first place? I decided to focus on prevention, and did a lot of research on all aspects of health and well being. Specifically, I looked at improving my immune system.

I am always investigating anything new. Lately, I have tried Bikram yoga – a sort of torture scheme. The game is to do 26 classical asanas, the yoga postures, in an atmosphere of 41 degrees Celsius with a humidity level close to that of a hammam spa. An extreme kind of yoga! Yes, it took me more than 80 years to start yoga, although I was convinced of its benefits years ago. Talk about cultivating excuses to remain in my comfort zone!

The benefits of Bikram yoga is that the environmental conditions make you eliminate tons of toxins by sweating liters, and it allows you to stretch over your usual limits. In fact the next day I could go much further in my yoga postures. The only problem is that at one time in the course, I over did it with my left knee in an asana I had never practiced before. Idiotic! I knew I had to be careful not to overstretch. Result: I could no longer run. Running became too painful!

A few months later, I discovered the magic of trigger points. Over the course of a few days, I discovered the points where some muscle fibers stayed too contracted and caused excruciating pain when running. Now as a miracle, I can run again!

As you can see in the e-book lots of points are located in the back making them difficult to access and massage. I remembered years ago someone using a tennis ball to fix back pain. At the time, I did not know anything about trigger points. I tried using the tennis ball on a hard surface and stopped because it was too painful. This time I tried in my bed and I could find the points, massage them and even enjoy discovering all sorts of points that needed massaging to increase my flexibility. Much faster than yoga or any stretching technique. Go try it out!

The strange part is that trigger points are not located at the place that hurts. I’m not sure anyone knows exactly why, but who cares—so long as it works. It does work wonders without any of the side effects of chemical drugs or surgery that possibly reduce the pain, the symptom, but do not remedy the cause.

My understanding is that for some reason, repetitive movements, traumatic events, even emotional stress, can cause some muscle fibers not to relax and stayed blocked. Remember butterflies in the stomach? That’s where muscles have been too contracted. At exactly that point, energy stops flowing freely. Nourishing blood no longer bring nutrients, oxygen, vitamins, enzymes, water. The lymph system no longer eliminates dead cells and toxins. Only massaging the point will open the gates and make that part of the body recover a normal healthy functioning. The sign that you have reached and cured a point is yawning. If you yawn, you’ve found a point and released it. It’s a wonderful feeling!

That’s when other groups of cells say: “Hey, Good job! Now come here to also free us”. I believe cells are smart and have feelings. Aren’t they part of the universe? My holographic view of the world is that genes contain the whole potential of the universe. Why not?

I found a great way to increase enjoyment of discovering and massaging trigger points in my back: Music! Bach, Chopin, Schumann, anyone in fact, jazz, pop music, anything. Listening to music while massaging heightens and amplifies the treatment. Small movements of the body in sync with the vibes of the music, a sort of slow healing dance, make it a real pleasure to rediscover your body and find the parts that need help.

For instance several points are located on the shoulder blade. Positioning the tennis ball at different places there I can make slow movements with the arm following melody and rhythm of the music. It’s also easy to put the ball under the hip bones and to move looking for sensitive or painful points in sync with the music. A great massage! Deep breathing brings long missing oxygen to the cells when a point is released. Stretching in all directions rejuvenates the body.

Some points are so tense that they are painful at the beginning. After a while massaging them diminishes the pain. Simultaneously some part of the body recovers its flexibility and ease of movement. Fantastic!

It reminds me of the golden rule: any living matter develops and grows if you use it, and atrophies if you don’t. It’s true of muscles, cells, neurons, mind, energy. Energy? Could these blockages of energy be at the core of accelerated aging? The rule applies for any kind of activity. Practice, and you get better at it. Live the right way, and you get better at living a longer, happier, healthier, and more meaningful life. The more I free trigger points, the more energetic I feel!

The other significant discovery for me is that the body has a long, long memory. Pains seem to stay forever if you don’t do anything. That’s why most people accept the fact that they can no longer do a movement like simply lifting the arm high in the air. Eventually they give up moving that arm altogether. This of course atrophies the muscle. A vicious circle at work. The beauty of finding and massaging your trigger points is that it releases muscles that have been traumatized at any time earlier in your life! I can tell you that recovering most of the flexibility you had as a kid is a great feeling!

I made discovering and massaging my trigger points a daily twenty minutes ritual. The body is a constantly evolving structure so massaging regularly is a great way to cure backaches, frozen shoulder and all sorts of muscular pains. I combine massaging with meditation. Focusing on particular points of the body is a way to control parasite thoughts.

In my next letter I’ll talk about other life style changes that are worth doing and how to get out of your limiting comfort zone. A most difficult thing to do, as anybody knows!

Stay tuned,

Boris Clair

PS: Discover a new free fascinating personal development experience by clicking here

 

The Quest

 

Backward Aging 3.2 – Love of Self

 

In my last letter, I talked about other life style changes. How to get out of your limiting comfort zone. A most difficult thing to do!

As William Shakespeare said: Our bodies are gardens…. our wills are gardeners”. You can test my “Gardening Yourself” program on new ways to transform yourself by clicking here.

Why is it so difficult to change? Why is it almost impossible to get rid of bad habits? We know they are bad for our health, like smoking for instance, and yet most smokers are unable to quit. Why is that? There must be more than just the physiological addiction to nicotine. Many people succeed in quitting smoking each year, but a greater number of smokers find it impossible to quit.

I remember a time when I smoked two packs of cigarettes a day, that’s quite a lot! Then I fell in love with my wife of fifty-seven years. We decided it was a stupid and costly habit at the age of twenty-three money was already an issue 🙂 At the time we didn’t know much about tobacco’s horrifying health dangers. It was just cool to smoke and yet we decided successfully to stop smoking. I have never smoked a cigarette since. The point I want to make is that love enabled us to achieve incredible things, like quitting this destructive habit.

Love is the ultimate power. I believe there are two forces that control the living world: love and fear. What does this have to do with getting out of one’s own comfort zone or changing bad habits? Everything! And it all starts with love of self. Strangely, most people don’t like themselves. There is something inside of them they can’t stand. It can be physical, mental, psychological or of any nature. Sometimes a person’s close friends and family have no idea why the individual may not like him or herself. The individual may have consciously or unconsciously integrated criticism from their environment into their own belief system. Sometimes, it’s about the fear of being inadequate or insufficient that drives a person to not like himself. In the end, fear may win the battle over love!

How can you love life, others, the world in general when you don’t even love the miracle that you are as a living human being—when you fear being yourself? How can you realize the unlimited potential you got at birth if you live in fear? Fear of rejection, fear of others’ opinions, fear of the powers in place, fear of being insufficient.

As a kid your family, later other children at school, then adults made you believe that you where too short, too tall, too stupid, too fat, too whatever you now believe is your own true limitation.
Before all this negative programming of your mind, you were eager to grow, push your limits, conquer your fears, and discover new territories. You had no fears, just love. Love of your parents, your family, your life, yourself, the universe. Just look at kids playing on the beach! So how can you now change your own limiting believe system and get out of your comfort zone, this cage of fear you’ve built around yourself?

What if you started with more love for yourself? One of the most misunderstood teaching of Christianity is :”Love thy neighbor as thyself!” Clerks of this religion even later made self love a sin! It seems to me that you can only give what you have. If you don’t have love for yourself, how can you give love to others?

Besides what’s wrong with building a strong self-esteem? What’s wrong with building the best possible you? The healthiest body, the strongest mind, the wisest spirit? Why not improve your character by challenging yourself constantly with new ventures? How can you bring love to this world if you keep ruminating your hate for yourself and therefore for others? How can you create a better world if you keep focusing on your incapability? Why do most personal development techniques fail after a while? Lack of persistence?

What about yo-yo dieting? Could it be that instead of loving your body, the only one you’ll have this life anyways, you mistreat it because it is not to your liking? Why not accept the way it is now and start a loving program to optimize it in the future? The vision of the perfect body you can create is a strong motivation to keep growing these muscles and reduce fat. After all who’s in charge? Over time, you will even grow a stronger character, the ultimate tool to succeed in any field.

So the real question becomes: How can hate be replaced with love? How can we get rid of weeds, these negative beliefs that we made part of our inner selves? That’s what I call gardening yourself. I will talk more about it in my next letters.

Stay tuned,

Boris Clair

PS: Discover a new free fascinating personal development experience by clicking here.

 

The Quest

 

Backward Aging 3.3 – Self Esteem

 

A low self-esteem can make you feel like a victim of circumstances. You may look at time passing with fear, and think you’re powerless over aging.  You may believe there is no way to use time as your friend to better yourself and your life.

When you raise your self-esteem you realize that time is in fact, your friend. Only time allows you to keep growing, learning new behaviors, discovering new ways to transform yourself. You can shift from being passive to become the active creator of your life.

Think of all the things you’ve achieved since your birth. Some of these things you may take for granted, such as learning to walk and talk. Other things you may think were greater successes, like going to school or getting a job. Moreover, think of all the obstacles you had to surmount until today: Billions and billions of microbes, bacteria, fungi and viruses have been all around you, for as long as you have lived, mostly without harming you. Since you are here now, and reading this, you can thank the power of your immune system.

Add to this the possible car, train, boat, plane or other types of accidents or tragedies like wars, earthquakes, etc… You’ve survived, and should realize what a miracle your life has been and can be.
But, the real wonder is that contrary to what you probably believe, you have the power to change all aspects of who you are now. At any age, you can change your mind, the way you think,  the way your body looks and functions, your spirit, how you look at the material and the immaterial world!

Backward aging is fundamentally getting rid of all the consequences of accelerated aging: The life style errors we’ve made like faulty beliefs, destructive habits, unhealthy nourishment, or improper treatment of our body. Backward aging is recovering the unlimited potential we had in our youth. And, yes it is achievable!

The most important part of your being is your potential for change and growth, whatever your age and situation. If you don’t start by loving yourself, how can you love others?

If you limit your love to yourself and dislike or hate anyone else, you’re not going to be very happy. Research shows that holding judgmental or negative feelings about yourself or others, reduces your longevity. Realizing what a miracle you are is just a first step in your quest for wisdom and backward aging.

Most “evil” on this earth comes from the fact that over time,  “evil” people have built a distorted and weak image of themselves. Studies show that most tyrants, criminals and psychopaths have such a low self-image, that they need to degrade others below their own perceived level, to feel better about themselves.

That’s why it’s so important to take control of the programming of your mind. It is this programming, originally done by your family, and later by the community and culture you live in, that built your Self-Image. Psychologists estimate that just the verbal cues fed to you by your parents in early childhood amount to over twenty-five thousand hours of pure conditioning that can be negative or positive in its effect.

There are multiple ways to gracefully age backward. New scientific discoveries on stem cells, telomerase, and changes in thought processes, show that it is now possible to rejuvenate at any age.

In my next letter, I’ll talk about other life style changes and how to get out of your limiting comfort zone.

Stay tuned,

Boris Clair

PS: Discover a new free fascinating personal development experience by clicking here.

 

The Quest

 

Backward Aging 3.4 – Consciousness

 

You have the power to change. Anything you have learned can be unlearned, and relearned in a healthier way, a new way that better matches reality, and brings you better results.

You do not have flaws and shortcomings! You may believe you are not perfect, and cannot improve yourself. However, you have the power to alter whatever you don’t like or want about yourself. But, as long as you believe you can’t change, you won’t.

Your Self-Image is partly made of such limiting beliefs which become self-fulfilling prophesies. Your Self-Image sets the boundaries of your personal accomplishments. All of your abilities, actions, feelings and behaviors are consistent with your Self-Image.

You can consider your Self-Image as your “ideal ego”, or as the conception you have of yourself. Ideas which are inconsistent with your Self-Image are rejected, not believed, and not acted upon. Ideas which are consistent with your Self-Image are accepted and can be acted upon.

Now think about this! Could it be that you gave up the dreams you had when you were young, just because you believed that your “ideal ego” was not up to the task? In other words, could a misconception of your real potential, a Self-Image programmed too low by others, be the cause of your failure to try? You bet this can happen!

The secret is that you’re never too young or too old to change your Self-Image and start to live a new life. Peace of mind, happiness, and success really mean “more life” and that’s what you can have if you change your Self-Image. Remember: “If it does not challenge you, it does not change you“.

You first have to understand how all human beings function. You are probably familiar with what is called the conscious mind and the unconscious. These concepts are poorly defined, because they are very complex, but what matters here is the proper way to use the power of your mind to change and reach your goals.

Let’s assume that your conscious mind is made up of all your thoughts. Whatever you think is your conscious mind. The unconscious mind is just a goal striving mechanism controlled by your conscious mind. If you feed it with positive goals, it operates as a positive mechanism. If you feed it with negative goals, it functions as a failure mechanism.

The way to feed it is to create vivid images of your goals. In fact, your imagination is the control center of your unconscious mind. Once ordered to reach an imagined goal, it will go to work and find the best way to reach the selected goal. The answer will come as flashes, sudden intuitions, thoughts or visions in your dreams. The way you look at the world will change. You will see things you never saw before. Opportunities to go one step in the direction of your goal will pop up. When these positive possibilities pop up, go for it and take action!

Worrying is unhelpful, because it is the equivalent to giving instructions to your unconscious mind to find the ways to fail! But, focusing on positive images is a call to your unconscious mind to reach these goals.

In my next letter, I’ll talk about other life style changes and how to get out of your limiting comfort zone.

Stay tuned,

Boris Clair

PS: Discover a new free fascinating personal development experience by clicking here.

 

The Quest

 

Backward Aging 3.5 – Changing Habits

 

Success is getting what you want, and happiness is loving what you have. Each decision you make either accelerates or reverses aging. If your goal is to age slowly, gracefully, and even backwards, you need to make a conscious choice that is positive and healthful for you.

You can continue with poor habits that most probably accelerate your aging, or change your lifestyle to start reversing the aging process. Moving out of your comfort zone, valuing even the smallest success, and loving what you’ve done so far, move you in the direction of reversed aging.

That’s why your sense of self-love and your self-image are so important! If both are strong, you will be less likely to take on destructive habits like using tobacco or drugs, eating the wrong food, avoiding exercise, not learning and adapting to a fast changing world—all of which may limit you realizing your full life potential. If you’re confident, you’ll consider these habits as being unworthy of you.

Unless you have been living in a cave outside of the modern world, you know their abominable long-term consequences. If with all of your being you reject these unhealthy ways of living, you may never start using them, or go back to depending on them.

When I was younger, I fell into the tobacco trap, and did drink alcohol. But very soon, I realized what these chemicals were doing to my body, and I stopped using them. I decided my body deserved better, healthier ways to fight stress, and smarter ways to be accepted by my peers. I was able to stop using any mood-altering drugs.

I discovered at the age of fifty that the easiest way to fight stress is simply by running or exercising. Physical activities make the body produce free natural morphine. For me, it helped calm my pain and increased my creativity. It also brings much needed oxygen and beneficial enzymes and nutrients to the cells. These natural chemicals, made while exercising, even clean the body of toxins.

I learned that exercising also makes both sides of my brains work in sync. This helps me find solutions to hard technical problems I may have been working on all day. Late afternoon, I start running, and suddenly after twenty minutes I often have a spark of light. There it is—the wanted solution!

Considering I only have this body, at least for this life, I find it more interesting and fun to optimize the way it works, rather than fall into my tendency toward instant gratification.

How can one increase self-esteem and self-love? One of the most efficient ways I found is to challenge myself. Any kind of challenge, ranging from small such as putting some order in my office, to swimming two miles in the cold water of the Riviera winter sea. The idea is that pushing your limits makes you feel great and builds your self-confidence for the next venture. This process also gives you a sense of satisfaction that you’ve completed something, and can certainly succeed at the next task.

As we age, we tend to focus on what stops working. It’s easy to use the “I’m too old to do this!” excuse. This limiting belief often leads to feeling unhappy and depressed. To age backwards we need to focus on the opposite: Where am I still growing? What do I do better now than in the past? This is why it is so important to continue learning new things, discovering new domains, and acquiring new skills. The best way to do it is by challenging yourself.

Basically, if you believe you can’t do something, it’s time to consider action. The more you accomplish, the better you get at challenging yourself. It makes your life a fascinating experience. Go for it!

In my next letter, I’ll talk about other life style changes and how to get out of your limiting comfort zone.

Stay tuned,

Boris Clair

PS: Discover a new free fascinating personal development experience by clicking here.

 

The Quest

 

Backward Aging 3.6 – Resolutions

 

When we choose New Year’s resolutions for self-improvement, especially with the goal of backwards aging, it’s important to ensure that our bodies support the change. Science shows that the flow of cortisol, the stress hormone, accelerates aging. Likewise, it is well documented that healthy levels of dopamine, endorphin, serotonin (all the well-being hormones), and cytosine (the love hormone), slow down aging. So, how do you control the healthy flow of your hormones?

One of the answers is found in your way of thinking, and more specifically the way you think about yourself. In other words, be sure that you have a strong self-esteem. One of the best ways I found to boost my self-esteem is following the teachings of Christian D. Larson written in 1912:

Promise Yourself

To be so strong that nothing can disturb your peace of mind.

To talk health, happiness, and prosperity to every person you meet.

To make all your friends feel that there is something in them.

To look at the sunny side of everything and make your optimism come true.

To think only the best, to work only for the best, and to expect only the best.

To be just as enthusiastic about the success of others as you are about your own.

To forget the mistakes of the past and press on to the greater achievements of the future.

To wear a cheerful countenance at all times and give every living creature you meet a smile.

To give so much time to the improvement of yourself that you have no time to criticize others.

To be too large for worry, too noble for anger, too strong for fear, and too happy to permit the presence of trouble.

To think well of yourself and to proclaim this fact to the world, not in loud words but great deeds.

To live in faith that the whole world is on your side so long as you are true to the best that is in you“.


by Christian D. Larson, “Your Forces and How to Use Them,” 1912.

Do your New Year’s resolutions seem impossible, or too overwhelming to even begin? Here are suggestions for starting and creating the changes you want in your life.

Begin one step at a time! Like physical exercise and muscle building, you don’t start by running a marathon. You start slowly, you keep motivating yourself by acknowledging each little progress you make, and by using repetition, practicing, again and again. Smile as you push yourself, and enjoy each little progress!

You have the power to change the way you look at the world. That’s what I call mind-building, the equivalent of body-building. It feels great! It’s rediscovering the true you. Getting rid of all the negative programming you’ve been subject to since your childhood is such a release. Like a breeze of fresh air. Go for it!

The best way I know to rejuvenate and wipe out years of negative thinking and misery, is by re-creating the proper attitude. Giving voice to “the wisdom of the ages” as Christian Larson says so well in some of the many inspiring books he wrote. You can have free access to some of his books in pdf format by clicking above link.

As we age, we tend to focus on what stops working in our life, erecting physical and mental limitations: I can’t run as fast, or as far as I did before; I forgot to switch off the light; or I can’t remember this person’s name. The list of negative thinking about aging can go on and on, without end.

Working on Larson’s promise to yourself, and rewarding any small victory over your fear-induced negative thinking habits is the best way I know to keep growing. Growing up is recovering the freshness of our youth. Youth being that time when discovering new things and adventures was at the core of our enthusiasm and joy for living, and are still the best ways to embrace agelessness.

In my next letter, I’ll talk about other life style changes and how to move out of your limiting comfort zone.

Stay tuned,

Boris Clair

PS: Discover a new free fascinating personal development experience by clicking here.

 

The Quest

 

Backward Aging 3.7 – Role Model?

 

Looking for an optimum superager role model? A good one is Robert Marchand, a 105 year old Frenchman, who just broke the world record for one-hour cycling in the class of people over 100 years of age. He rode more than 22 kilometers (around 14 miles) ! Quite a lot for a 105 year old man! Most adults could not even approach this record.

So what is his secret? He eats healthy foods, engages in at least one hour of vigorous physical daily exercise, and has the will to keep growing whatever happens—even surviving two world wars.

Now, he lives alone in a one bedroom apartment with a small $800 pension, runs errands, cooks his own food, does his own home cleanup. He has the support of many friends, although as he says, “the older you live the less old friends do you have“. They all disappear! So you have to make new ones all the time. Which is a good advice at any age!

Take a look at this video!

Effort is of the essence in backward aging. That’s where self esteem plays a major role. You have to develop the habit of winning over the fear of discomfort. This has to become part of your being, and you have to be proud of it.

In fact the most important factor of backward aging is self-discipline and character. Determination to take good care of your health, despite all the temptations of instant gratifications with unhealthy products and bad habits, makes the difference between superagers and “normal people“.

Robert Marchand also says that you should never stop working out. When you cease moving and exercising, your muscles atrophy. As science shows, your brain needs activity to function well, too. When you stop exercising your body or brain, it’s much more difficult to start again, as we all know. If you’ve ever had to stop being active, you may remember the pain of exercising after being sedentary.

Sometimes engaging in a challenging activity can be frustrating, tiring, and even physically uncomfortable. However, those feelings are short term, in the long run your mind and body will feel better.

I stumbled over this on the Internet:
“The Marine Corps has a motto that embodies this principle: “Pain is weakness leaving the body.” That is, the discomfort of exertion means you’re building muscle and discipline. Superagers are like Marines: They excel at pushing past the temporary unpleasantness of intense effort.
Studies suggest that the result is a more youthful brain that helps maintain a sharper memory and a greater ability to pay attention“.

As people get older, research shows, they cultivate happiness by avoiding unpleasant situations. This is sometimes a good idea, as when you avoid a rude neighbor. But if people consistently sidestep the discomfort of mental effort or physical exertion, this restraint can be detrimental to the brain. All brain tissue gets thinner from disuse. If you don’t use it, you lose it.

So take up a challenging activity. Learn a foreign language. Take an online college course. Master a musical instrument. Work that brain. Make it a year to be remembered that the result is a more youthful brain that helps maintain a sharper memory and a greater ability to pay attention.

The beauty of backward aging is that not only do you live a longer, healthier, happier life but you can give your life more meaning. By constantly discovering new domains, new fields of interest, you can realize your full life potential, even share your experience to help younger people improve the quality of their own life, although some may not listen to you 🙂

In my next letter, I’ll talk about other life changes to become a superager.

Stay tuned,

Boris Clair

PS: Discover a new free fascinating personal development experience by clicking here.

 

The Quest


Backward Aging 3.8 – Mind Building

 

Never use aging as an excuse.
Make backward aging a lifelong challenge.
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Mind building is the art of strengthening your mind, and harnessing it so every act you take is purposeful, and focused on improving your well-being. Mind building may seem impossible to most people. After many years, I found that I could change my mind’s state and intent at will. How? By accepting that I, and I alone, control my choices. It’s just a matter of choice. Even when we avoid making a choice, we are making one, not to act on something!

Whenever bad things happen, I take a deep breath, smile and change my perspective to find something positive in the situation. The way I look at what happens in my life has a considerable impact on my health—even my immune system.

My mood can determine how my cells function and even feel. Yes, I believe cells have feelings and respond to our feelings, both good and bad. When cells receive positive feelings, they feel good too, filling themselves with oxygen, nutrients, hormones, and vitamins—whatever they need to grow and live. When cells are exposed to bad or negative feelings, they contract, go into the fight or flight survival mode, stop enjoying life, and some may even die. Using tools like MRIs, PET scans, EKGs and EEGs, researchers have documented how cells throughout the body respond to emotions.

For example, if I think I am a victim of the outside world, that negativity filters down to my cells’ level. My cells may feel victimized. If I choose to look at the situation with humor and laugh at this situation, my cells and muscles grow resilient, as I prepare myself for the next event or adventure.

It’s all just a matter of choice, and you always have a choice. Regardless of the size of the issue, whether it’s small and personal, a family concern, professional problem, or about life and death—you always have a choice. It’s wise to train yourself by making deliberate, fully conscious choices for small things. For example, noting that you are choosing to brush your teeth before going to bed, or choosing a blue shirt, not brown. By beginning with small decisions, larger ones will be easier. As with any training, the more you practice the better you become at it.

So why should I give the external world or other people the power to determine the way I feel? It’s my privilege to feel how I want to. Owning my feelings is one of the real powers I have, and the essence of my life. I just have to be conscious of the choices I have right here, right now.

Most people believe they are victims of their past, and many fear for their own future. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Why live in the past or the not yet here, unknown future? Life is happening now, and that’s precisely the time to make the right decisions to create a better future.

I love this quote of Henry Ford: “Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at 20 or 80. Anyone who keeps learning stays young. The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young.”
In my next letter, I’ll talk about other life style changes to become a superager.

Stay tuned,

Boris Clair

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The Quest

 

Backward Aging 3.9 – Dental Miracle

 

L. Wittgenstein wrote: “The human body is the best picture of the human soul“. Having a holistic view of the world helps me understand that my body, mind, spirit and soul are a complete system and constantly interacting. My thoughts and matter are not detached from each other, instead they work in harmony.

Over the years, I’ve learned that we need to build a delicate equilibrium among all these aspects of life. Discovering how my own being functions was amazing. This quest created bliss-filled moments when I realized I am only a tiny part of the universe. It helped me partly understand with awe the miracle of life.

Each of the following balance or quantitative relations has a fantastic impact on the quality of our life. Later, I’ll discuss in greater detail each of these life enhancing optimal ratios:

Love vs fear, positive thoughts vs negative, exercise vs inactivity, acidic body vs alkaline, good vs bad cholesterol, omega 3 vs omega 6, muscles vs fat, calories absorbed vs calories used, body poisoning vs detox, mental programming vs detox, saturated fat vs unsaturated, personal potential vs creative activity, genetic potential vs environment, ignorance vs applied knowledge and many others.

Smart aging people master them all. So keep learning about the benefits of exercise, healthy nutrition, and positive psychology to create a healthy body, a strong mind, and a great spirit. Learn how to improve your well-being by cultivating positive emotions, developing valuable engagements, growing positive relationships, and finding a way to join with something bigger than yourself.

Let me tell you a strange story that happened to me involving the acid/alkaline balance of my body. Around the age of 80, despite all the care I’d taken for my health after a wake-up call when I was 50, I noticed that three of my teeth were starting to wobble. My dentist told me that he couldn’t do anything and that I should see a periodontist. This specialist told me that at my age he couldn’t do anything either, except surgery with implants, bridges, or all sorts of very expensive procedures. The state of the art was that in the end I would have to use dentures.

As I never accept “the state of the art” I started looking for better solutions. That’s when I discovered that there is such a thing as an optimal acidic/alkaline ratio for my body. Like everyone else, I had been lied to about the benefits of cow’s milk to get calcium. In fact, what happens is that milk and red meat both acidify the body. So where does nature look to re-establish the acidic proper balance? In the bones.

Instead of building my skeleton as I believed, milk products are in fact weakening it. Question: Where do cows get their calcium from? From plants! You can find all the calcium we need in plants alone, without gulping products specifically made to grow calves…

I immediately stopped eating meat and drinking milk. One year later my dentist could not believe I had completely cured my teeth—they no longer wobbled. I didn’t need surgery or expensive artificial dentures! Two years later my teeth are rock solid.

I even learned two things worth noting. After putting some toothpaste on my electric toothbrush I add a little sodium bicarbonate. I even add a few drops of hydrogen peroxide in a glass of water. Then, I swill the mix of hydrogen peroxide and water in my mouth, making my teeth white and shiny. I even swallow some of the oxygenated water, which is reportedly good protection against potential cancers. Cancer cells flourish in anaerobic parts of the body. Oxygen kills them. Good healthy cells don’t suffer, they are naturally protected. No medical advice here. Just reporting my own surprising experience.

That was a step in my long march towards vegetarianism. More generally my quest for the healthiest nutrition adapted to my unique body. Everyone is different and should find the best approach for healthy living for him or herself. Explore and discover your own standard in terms of nutrition, exercise, and mental fitness to create optimal well-being and longevity.

In my next letter, I’ll talk about other life style changes.

Stay tuned,

Boris Clair

PS: Discover a new free fascinating personal development experience by clicking here.

 

The Quest

 

Backward Aging 3.10 Changing Habits

 

Changing is hard, difficult, and tough to do! If you want to change something— anything in your habits and your life— you will have to use all your unique resources. But first, do you know what your unique resources really are?

The traditional way to look at situations you want to change is to try improving on weaknesses. Modern science shows that it is much more efficient to make a better use of your own strengths. A great way to learn what your unique character strengths are is to take the VIA test. Go to viacharacter.org and spend a few minutes learning your own positive forces. It’s free, scientific, and can be life changing.

You can tap into your strengths to make life long changes. You’ll also need to find more tools to help you improve your life. Discover which behaviors are life enhancing, and which ones accelerate aging. Information is all over the place now. In fact, we even experience information overload. Learn how to sort out all this accumulation of ideas, and experiment on yourself. By optimizing the length, quality and meaning of your life, you won’t miss out on the wonderful life you can create for yourself and your loved ones.

Beliefs and habits are at the core of your existence. Constantly validate and update them. It is not because your ancestors or parents acted a certain way that it is good or bad for your health. Beliefs are just that, beliefs. Just check out your own beliefs to be sure they serve your best interest!

From the time of your birth, you have been programmed with other people’s beliefs. Your parent’s, then society’s in general. Most of what you have been told is negative: “You can’t do this, you can’t do that, You’re too small, you’re too young, you’re insufficient!“ and on and on. Slowly you have been drilled to integrate these beliefs in your own beliefs system. You consider them as being the truth.

Whatever your age it is time to ask yourself a few questions: Where do my beliefs come from? Do they really work for me? Can I change them? How can I change them to get better results and better adapt to the world I’m living in? And even maybe change the world for the better.

If you believe that you can never change, then you won’t. How do you know you won’t? Where does that belief come from? How does it help you? If it doesn’t help you, can you let go of it or change it? Maybe change a part of it?

Self-Talk is one the most powerful tools you can use to build and consolidate your belief system. Self-Talk is either conscious or unconscious. It is what you tell your selves when you start doing something or when you explain what happened, like “I need to stop at the groceries store” or “I am no good at math”.

Neuroscientists have established that everybody carries on an ongoing dialog, or Self-Talk, of between 150 and 300 words a minute or an average of 50 000 thoughts a day. The ongoing negative reinforcement created by habitual negative Self-Talk results in limiting beliefs that end up as self fulfilling prophecies.

Negative as well as positive beliefs are literally etched into your nervous system in the form of neural pathways, a combination of hormones and neurotransmitters ready to be fired in an instant.

Self-Talk is the powerful tool you use to make lasting adjustments to your programming. It’s the workout of your left brain hemisphere. Repetition is what matters here. Have you ever forgotten to water your garden during the dry season? Have you noticed how fast flowers can die? What a waste! All the work you did so far, just lost. And yet if you sow a tree, you know that after the initial tutoring and care, the tree grows by himself and produces wonderful fruits.

What is even more wonderful is that in your internal world, the world of your mind, the more you believe in something the more you will accept similar ideas. Each one reinforcing the others. The brain always tries to tie any new thing to something you already believe.

Here is how you can use your Self-Talk to change anything in your life. Initially you need to repeat and repeat until a certain point when the thought comes to maturity and stays implanted for the rest of your life bringing you a new strong belief system. You have successfully used the Mind Building technique and modified the biochemical and electrical structure of the left part of your brain. Think of your muscles. When you want to grow them the only way is to make reps after reps after reps.

At the turn of the century, Emile Coue, a modest French doctor invented a healing method using Self-Talk that literally made miracles. Although the medical establishment of the time tried to ridicule his method, Dr. Coue healed thousands of patients with a few simple suggestions like “Every day in all aspects of my life I am getting better and better”.

The patients would repeat this sentence again and again without any special procedure, but simply imagining that it was true, and miracle cures occurred. Mind over matter. Today affirmations are regularly used by professional athletes and successful business people.

We now know that deep relaxation increases the production of Alpha and Theta Brain Waves, which makes auto suggestion and visualization even more efficient. The key word is repetition. Our subconscious does not evaluate the validity of the affirmation. It just memorizes by repetition; so that positive Self-Talk used consistently, and a great number of times, changes our belief system about ourselves and about the world.

The easiest way is to memorize a few sentences and repeat them over and over again silently or aloud. The most effective way is to write them down and read them again and again to combine the power of your visual memory with your auditory one. You can also record them on any recorder like your smart phone and play them back.

In my next letter, I’ll talk about other life enhancing changes.

Stay tuned,

Boris Clair

PS: Discover a new free fascinating personal development experience by clicking.

 

The Quest

Backward Aging 3.11 Nutrition

 

As you probably know, many calorie restricting diets aren’t successful. Some diet programs may be helpful in the short term. However, unless you make fundamental changes in your nutrition and life style, after a while you’ll be back where you started, and sometimes even worse. We’re not talking about some cosmetic changes, but about a fundamental transformation of who you are—and believe me that isn’t a piece of cake!

First, let me tell you about a killer condition. Modern science shows it’s the source of most chronic illnesses, those that accelerate aging and make life miserable: Obesity, cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, arthritis, even some cancers. I’m talking about silent inflammation. There are many ways to control it, but the two major ones are exercise and nutrition—major life style changes. Whatever your health condition might be, it’s wise to learn more about silent inflammation.

To know more about health and hormone control in general click here. I don’t agree with all Dr. Sears’s choices, but in general he is right. There is one diet that will help you fight this mostly unknown disorder, the Zone diet. Give it a try!

If you believe you have no control over what you put into your mouth, this belief becomes your reality. You may lack self-restraint and become a victim of learned bad habits. You may follow the crowd eating factory-made stuff, instead of natural healthy food. You may ignore the kind of nutrition that is uniquely best for your body, and choose to eat standard marketed chemical-based products disguised as food.

If however you decide you’re in charge of who you want to become, what kind of body you want to create, what kind of food you decide to select and learn to appreciate (you can change your taste in weeks!) then you can start building a healthy vibrant you. Once you build a powerful mind, your self-image and self-love increase, and unhealthy foods will no longer belong in your life.

Since the beginning of humanity, our ancestors had a very physically active life. Only since the industrial revolution have humans depended on engines, electrical motors, and robots to avoid physical effort and make life more comfortable.

Our bodies were built to use around 4,000 calories a day by running to escape predators, carrying water for miles, cutting wood to keep warm, etc. Modern life with practically no physical activity only needs half the calories our ancestors required. Not to mention the chemical poisons like refined sugar that the food industry puts in its products to create or maintain addictions to unhealthy factory-made foods. White sugar is cheaper to produce than any natural food.

It’s your responsibility to either eat less or move more. Most people believe they have no power over the shape of their bodies. Obesity has become a major worldwide health problem. Unhealthy nutrition negatively impacts the quality of your life and your longevity. Have you ever seen an obese centenarian?

We are all different, and there is no-one-size fits all in matter of nutrition. It’s important to find healthy eating habits that make you feel your best. It may take some time to find the nutrition that helps you the most. Make this quest a fascinating experience. It might be more interesting than detective stories! After all, it’s about your life.

On the island of Okinawa at the beginning of a meal it is usual to say: ”Stop eating when you feel 80% full!” Okinawa has one the highest percentage of healthy centenarians. Could that ritual be one of the reasons Okinawans live so long in good shape?

In my next letter, I’ll talk about other life enhancing changes.

Stay tuned,

Boris Clair

PS: Discover a new free fascinating personal development experience by clicking.

 

The Quest

 

Backward Aging 3.12 Cyclic Fasting

 

What if you could create the ideal body you want, and still eat what you like? While easily losing the fat you don’t like—without awkward calorie restriction or following a fad diet? Interested?

Well, there is an easier way, and it’s called intermittent fasting. This is not an arduous day-long challenging fast. You will just stop overfeeding your body for a few hours a week. It works wonders and this is why. The following are extracts from this site:

When you fast, human growth hormone levels go up and insulin levels go down. Your body’s cells also change the expression of genes and initiate important cellular repair processes.

Intermittent fasting may boost metabolism slightly, while helping you eat fewer calories. It is a very effective way to lose weight and belly fat.

Intermittent fasting can have many benefits for your body and brain. It can cause weight loss, and may protect against type 2 diabetes, heart disease and cancer. It may also help you live longer.

One of the major benefits of intermittent fasting is that it makes healthy eating simpler. There are fewer meals that you need to prepare, cook and clean up after.

The most common side effect of intermittent fasting is hunger. People with certain medical conditions should not fast without consulting with a doctor first”.

Intermittent fasting is a term for an eating pattern that cycles between periods of fasting and eating. It does not say anything about which foods you should eat, but rather when you should eat them. Common intermittent fasting methods involve daily 16 hour fasts, or fasting for 24 hours, twice per week. For details on the basics of Intermittent Fasting click here.

Overtime, I’ve tested many different kinds of diets. Not that I needed to lose weight, but I just wanted to optimize the health and possibly the look of my body. After I started running and swimming regularly at age 50, over the course of thirty years, I absorbed tons of calories to build muscles instead of fat.

But, I see lots of my friends repeatedly lose the battle against being overweight. That’s why I also tested intermittent fasting, and love it. I now suggest anyone, except people who have anorexia, bulimia or other compromising health conditions, give it a try. It’s a fabulous life change that gives not only incredible results, but also a feeling of mastering your life.

At first, I was told it was too hard to fast. Most people told me that they could never go so many hours without eating. It is currently popular to have 6 meals a day.

Having fasted up to seven days with only water, I wasn’t sure what they were talking about—not being able to go so long without eating. When my body at the beginning of a long term fast is crying for food, I give it water and it stops the feeling of hunger. I use pure water, tea or gingered water.

Gingered water is my favorite and most helpful trick. I have a small, electric coffee mill I use for seeds (flax, sunflower, squash and others). I now use it to make a ginger mash from organic roots. When I’m thirsty, I put a teaspoon of the ginger in a mug and add hot water. It’s delicious, refreshing and anti-inflammatory. It can also lower blood sugar and bad cholesterol levels, improves various heart disease risk factors, can prevent some cancers, and even protect against or lessen Alzheimer’s disease.

I’ve also found that some organic seaweed instant broth can replace a whole meal. It may not be too tasty, but it’s healthy. Seaweed is called an ancient super food and was our ancestor’s secret to health and longevity. As you can see, there are multiple ways to replace solid food with just liquid. This gives the digestive tract enough time to recoup and rest for a few hours, enough to clean up the mess, regrow new cells and avoid over feeding.

Intermittent fasting is basically the opposite of what we do with multiple meals during the day. Applying overfeeding to ducks is what produces foie gras. Not really what we want to do to our own liver!

Scientists have long known that restricting calories is a way of lengthening life. From a logical standpoint, this makes sense. When you’re starving, your body finds ways to extend your life. Intermittent fasting activates many of the same mechanisms for extending life as does calorie restriction. In other words, you get the benefits of a longer life without the hassle of starving.

Note: Be sure to consult with a holistic or medical expert if you have any pre-existing conditions before trying this program. 

In my next letter, I’ll talk about other life enhancing changes.

Stay tuned,

Boris Clair

PS: Discover a new free fascinating personal development experience by clicking.

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Date Posted: 25 Oct 2016 @ 2:36 PM
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