YOU ARE YOUR OWN FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH: Movement, Motivation and Mindset for Active Seniors

Energy Bite 149 – Finding Your Fountain of Youth, a Case Study

The Fountain of Youth is a term that is bantered around a lot. I’ve used it off and on for well over 15 years to describe that mental and physical state of energy and electricity that we, as seniors, get when we are “in the zone” of personal energy; when we feel vitally alive. It’s that personal energy and vitality you feel in your body when you momentarily peak physically, and you laser focus your mind when you are inspired. You feel it in your Spirit when you are at one with yourself in your own space in this universe.

Wayne Dyer was an author of numerous books, his most famous being his first, Your Erroneous Zones, which he wrote at age 36. His appearances on PBS Television are legend.  Wayne Dyer died last year at age 75.

It was about the time he wrote that book that Dyer made major changes in his life that resulted in his continuing on as a highly prolific, and highly read, author and speaker. What were those changes?  He began making changes in his eating and exercising habits. He began running eight miles a day, and according to his book, You’ll See it When You Believe It, he continued to run eight miles a day without missing a single day.

He cut out alcohol out of recognition that he had become or was becoming an alcoholic drinker. In his movie, The Shift, He relates the story of how he stopped drinking after a dinner and an unintentional intervention by his daughters, and never resumed. In his books, he alludes to the Spirituality and Power of 12 Step Programs without mentioning them directly. He also cut out cigarettes and dramatically changed his eating habits.

Dyer said that as a result of exercise and diet and changing other habits, his mental and physical capacity was dramatically improved. He told Michael Jeffries, author of Success Secrets of the Motivational Superstars that “the results were dramatic; he immediately began to experience a sense of vitality and well-being that he had never experienced before.” Dyer added: “His whole body and mind felt revitalized and rejuvenated, and were now operating at a whole new level.” He continued: “His thoughts took on a tremendous sense of clarity and focus. For the first time in his life he began to experience his spirituality at a deep and profound level. This spiritual transformation that Dyer was going through began to express itself in both his speaking and writing.” *  There’s a message there for us to absorb.

And in an interview with Tony Robbins several years ago, Dyer said that he credited exercise with not having any major illness since his mid-thirties. He commented that: “You must exercise; you can’t let an old person come into your body.”  Hmm, there’s that message again.

This sort of transformation comes to those who seek it. It eludes those who don’t recognize the value of making those physical and mental changes through movement and food. Where do you find it? Don’t seek so much in the world around you; seek it in your world within. How do you find it? It takes action in mind and body and is simply “there” for those who actively take action. It doesn’t come to those who aren’t in the arena of life. It comes to those who seek it, discover it within themselves, and “come alive”.

It was Joseph Campbell who said, “People say they are seeking the meaning of life. I don’t think that’s what they are looking for. I think what they are really seeking is the experience of being alive.”

 Thank you for reading.


* Success Secrets of the Motivational Superstars, Michael Jeffries, p. 66

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