One of my teachers used to say “If women really understood that every time they worry, they literally put another aging line on their face, they would reconsider the worry.”
I took that to heart and started exploring ways to decrease my worry AND I started becoming more curious about the energetic factors that led to aging.
When I started studying Qigong and Taoist philosophy, I began to understand this whole aging business a little better. Yes, heredity and too much exposure to the sun CAN be factors, but there are other important things that we aren’t told that play a much bigger role in whether we look and feel young or old.
Here’s what I learned: when we are born, the structure of our cells is compact, organized and coherent. It’s like a tightly wound rope. Over time, this rope starts loosening, unwinding, and getting disorganized and dispersed.
Over-work, over-worry, over-stress and over-exertion all contribute directly to the disorganization of our cells, so engaging in activities that help you you minimize these kinds of stressors will definitely help to slow down the loosening of the rope.
And more importantly, if you increase the quantity and quality of your qi (through things like Tai chi, Qigong and meditation), the qi starts to re-organize and tighten up the cells again. You are slowing the unwinding of the rope–or qi– even more.
With continued practice, you can even start to wind it back up again, and when you do that, your cells will regenerate and rejuvenate. You’re going back to your original state of primordial energy. Primordial or original qi (the energy that we’re born with that makes the cells coherent) is young-looking and feeling. So you start looking younger and physically your cells are in the state of a younger person. You are reverse aging!