Yoga gives the appearance of revering the aging clock.
I’v seen countless people become more flexible and more youthful in their bodies, minds, and spirits. However, this is not the botox and plastic surgery quest for the fountain of youth. Yoga is the equivalent of taking a rusty machine, cleaning it up, tuning it, and giving it a lube job.
We are not literally reversing the clock with yoga. We are learning time tested tools to age gracefully, happily, and healthfully. Yoga points to the simple discovery that life is better when we are in alignment with our natural state, at whatever stage in life we are in.
When you come to a full understanding of yoga, you realize that the whole practice is about letting go. When we let go completely, we align ourselves with what is, and we are filled with creative energy and spontaneous action. As Eckart Tolle cleverly described it, “the secret to life is to die before you die”.
Most of us find something good in life and try to hold on to it, but paradoxically, we are most healthy and happy when not holding on to anything, including our youth.
Cherish the present moment, and you will interact fully with the world in spontaneous ways. You will seem more alive and more youthful to the casual observer. And people who know you will think you are aging awesomely.
A wonderful life is as simple as doing this in every single moment—cherish and let go, cherish and let go. Repeat and repeat. You are still aging, but in a way that is healthy and full of wonder.
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