Counterclockwise: How the Mind Can Reverse Aging

Some time ago I read a fascinating study about reversing the effects of aging. In 1979, Dr. Ellen Langer, a groundbreaking social scientist, brought together a group of elderly men and had them recreate a week of life in 1959. It seemed that when placed in a setting that replicated the days of their youth, their health improved, and they even looked younger! The men’s muscle strength, dexterity, posture and vision improved, while ailments such as arthritis diminished. It was quite astonishing that all this could happen after only one week. Years later, in 2009, Langer published a wonderful book, Counterclockwise, that tells the story of these men as well as other research she has found that shows how we can turn back the clock on our bodies. It turns out that the mind is the key.

As her website notes, “Counterclockwise shows how we can actively challenge these ingrained behaviors by making subtle changes in our everyday lives. Langer describes ways to reorient our attitudes and language in order to achieve better health; she shows us the ways in which our belief in physical limits constrains us; and she demonstrates how our desire for certainty in medical diagnosis and treatment often prevents us from fully exploiting the power of uncertainty.”

When I heard about her research, I immediately thought of Deepak Chopra (video) and his concept of “Rebooting,” in which he tells us to change our perception of aging. In so doing, we free our minds and body from the “expected” infirmities of getting older. Both Chopra and Langer stress that mindfulness, or thinking of yourself as younger, healthier, even happier, can lead to positive changes in your body. As Lager writes, “Opening our minds to what’s possible, instead of clinging to accepted notions about what’s not, can lead to better health at any age.”

From the time I was very young, I remember that my mother would never tell anybody her age. She would say, “It will lose it’s magic.” As she grew older and her peers got sick and died, my mother remained active and surrounded herself with younger friends. She remained sharp and engaged, and worked up until a month or so before she died. Following these examples, I stay active, reduce stress by practicing mindfulness and qigong, and think of myself as years younger than I actually am. I found Counterclockwise to be a true inspiration for changing one’s mindset and attitudes about aging. It’s certainly worth a try.


Merlian News Podcasts with Robert Moss About Coincidences & Synchronicities

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Robert Moss, a lifelong dream explorer who survived three near-death experiences in childhood. He is the creator of Active Dreaming, an original synthesis of dreamwork and shamanic techniques for empowerment and healing. He is a former university professor of ancient history at the Australian National University, also a bestselling novelist, shamanic counselor, and the author of five books on dreaming. Robert gives lectures and leads workshops all over the world. You can visit his website at www.mossdreams.com.

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I’ll See You In My Dreams

Coming from a long line of women gifted with the “Second Sight,” I’ve known since I was a child that there are many ways for the Universe or individual souls to get in touch with you. One of the easiest ways is through our dreams, and I learned years ago to pay close attention to who shows up when I’m sleeping. This is not exactly secret knowledge — there are books about the various types of dreams, such as precognitive, announcement dreams, vision quests, meeting your power animal, and more. Any of Robert Moss’ wonderful books teach the reader about these kind of dreams as well as about lucid dreaming and how to navigate through the different dream worlds.

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Watkins Bookstore: Much More than Books

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Watkins Books is an esoteric bookshop in the heart of London. Located just off Leicester Square, Watkins is a must see if you’re on your way to the museums or the theater. Established over 100 years ago, this is one of the world’s oldest independent bookshops specializing in new and antiquarian titles in the Mind, Body, Spirit field.

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Musing about Watkins Bookstore

Watkins Books is an esoteric bookshop in the heart of London. Located just off Leicester Square, Watkins is a must see if you’re on your way to the museums or the theater. Established over 100 years ago, this is one of the world’s oldest independent bookshops specializing in new and antiquarian titles in the Mind, Body, Spirit field.The book store was established by John M. Watkins, a friend of Madame Blavatsky, in 1897, at 26 Charing Cross. John Watkins had already been selling books via a catalog that he began publishing in March of 1893.

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