Taiji - Health Secrets
Lengthen Your Life
After 40 years of internal investigation the secrets of good health and long life have become clear. Your body's intelligence will maintain your health if you give it what it needs then don't interfere. The normal lifespan for a human is around 120 years, but each mistaken interference shortens that span.
These things lengthen your life:
Increase the oxygen circulation.
Increase the blood and lymphatic circulation.
Increase the energy circulation.
These things shorten your life:
Overcontrol or undercontrol of your diet.
Over-exercising or under-exercising.
Emotional overreaction or underreaction.
Increase the Oxygen Circulation
Deep breathing is the best way to increase the oxygen circulation and supply within the bloodstream. Breathing is the major purely instinctive function (it goes on in our sleep) which can be easily accessed by the everyday mind. Usually the breathing only becomes deeper when people exercise but then the muscles associated with movement deplete the oxygen supply. This creates an oxygen shortage - which is the exact opposite of what is required - so then the body's intelligence steps up the breathing to attempt to remedy the shortage. But we can choose to breath deeper without first generating an oxygen deficiency by hard exercise. This increased oxygen supply is then used by the internal organs, including the immune system, to enhance their functioning.
Increase the blood and lymphatic circulation
Gentle continuous movement, especially with waves of pressure passing through the body as a result of lifting and sinking, is the best way to increase the fluid circulation in the body. While the blood is pumped by the heart, the lymphatic fluid is pumped by the changing pressures in our body when we move. The lymphatic fluid is the final carrier of the nutrients to the cells and the medium through which the white blood cells circulate. When this fluid cirulates well then the immune system functions more efficiently. Cancerous cells (which may form when cells have an oxygen deficiency) should be destroyed by an active immune system.
Increase the energy circulation
Moving the mind (on a deep level) in waves through the body is the best way to increase the energy circulation. This is a little more difficult then the above 2 as it first requires bringing the mind down to a level where it truly interacts with the body on a deep level. It is of little use, and may even be harmful, to use the superficial brain consciousness and imagination to attempt the energy circulation process.
Over or under control of your diet
Overcontrol occurs when people take some rigid set of beliefs on diet and apply them rigorously to the body. Under control is when people ingest poisons such as alcohol, drugs and many modern medicines, or overindulge in an unbalanced diet on a regular basis. All of these interfere with the body's naturally resilient balance which is under the control of an intelligence far more subtle then the superficial thinking mind which attempts to assert its beliefs, either consciously as in overcontrol or unconsciously when overindulging.
Over-exercising or under-exercising
Over-exercising destroys the joints, suppresses the immune system and depletes the body's oxygen and energy supply. While young the body can recover very quickly and heal itself, but once past about 30 years old the damage will begin to accumulate. Under-exercising suppresses the 3 circulations mentioned above.
Emotional overreaction or underreaction
Overreaction induces the endocrine system into over-activity, depleting the energy, oxygen and nutrients available to the internal organs and suppresses the immune system. Underreaction allows the endocrine system to atrophy and become incapable of responding intelligently when needed. Strong positive emotions are no problem. Strong negative emotions produce overreaction and may occur in response to past memories, present situations or in anticipation of future possibilities. Suppression of negative emotions by the superficial brain consciousness either drives the overreaction into the subconscious or produces underreaction.