Is Age just a Mindset?

by DrJahnke on September 2, 2016

Age is a mindset

How young or old someone feels has a huge influence on their health and how other people view them.  Research suggests that feeling young can actually make you look young—and have the health of a younger person, too.

Harvard psychological scientist Ellen Langer has been studying how the mind influences the body for over three decades. In one classic study, she had old men live in a retreat that was retrofitted to look like it was 20 years earlier, while they pretended that they were living in that year. “Their minds were in the past. Their vision improved, their strength improved, and so on,” she says. Langer wrote the new article with Laura M. Hsu of Harvard and Jaewoo Chung of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

“If people could learn to be mindful and always perceive the choices available to them, Langer says, they would fulfill their potential and improve their health. Langer’s technique of achieving a state of mindfulness is different from the one often utilized in Eastern “mindfulness meditation” — nonjudgmental awareness of the thoughts and feelings drifting through your mind — that is everywhere today. Her emphasis is on noticing moment-to-moment changes around you, from the differences in the face of your spouse across the breakfast table to the variability of your asthma symptoms. When we are “actively making new distinctions, rather than relying on habitual” categorizations, we’re alive; and when we’re alive, we can improve. Indeed, “well-being and enhanced performance” were Langer’s goals from the beginning of her career.”

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 So if Langer and her colleagues are right, and feeling young makes you healthier, what can you do about it? One route is to dress like a teenager, dye your hair, and find a younger boyfriend. But Langer has another solution: “Don’t buy the mindset in the first place. Then you won’t be vulnerable to it,” she says. “I think we have far more control over our health and wellbeing than most of us realize.”

The findings from Langer’s studies and her interpretation of these findings are intriguing and controversial. While many people may voice reasonable reservations about her interpretations of the data, these reservations should not lead to a dismissal of her point of view. I think we have much to learn about the ways and extent to which our mindsets play a role in determining our behaviors and our physical and emotional health. An understanding of this role can provide guideposts for developing outlooks that eventuate in a healthy lifestyle, one in which we assume realistic responsibility for what transpires in our lives rather than fall victim to pessimism and helplessness.

Age really is relative. No matter what our chronological age, most of us believe we are not “old” and feel younger than we actually are. According to several recent studies, more than half of those under age 30 think people are old before age 60. Middle-aged people, however, say “old” is closer to age 70, while folks 65 and older report that people aren’t old until they reach 75.

Those who appear most at peace with aging don’t dwell in the past and are doing all they can to achieve what matters most to them now, adds Del-Sette. “But it’s never too late! First, forgive yourself. The saying ‘forgiveness is letting go of all hope for a better past’ applies. And plan what you want for the rest of your life. Most importantly, live in the moment.”



BREATH PRACTICE — Breathing correctly is not only important for feeling better, living longer and disease prevention —  it also to our mood and performing at our best. Ancient cultures were very focused on health sustainability and empowerment,. Pranayama from the Yoga and Ayurveda tradition and Qigong from tradition of traditional Chinese medicine are both very focused on the breath. Let’s look at the benefits of focused breath practice and deep breathing AND why you should make it part of your everyday living.

1. Breathing Detoxifies and Releases Toxins
Your body is designed to release 70% of its toxins through breathing. If you are not breathing effectively, you are not properly ridding your body of its toxins i.e. other systems in your body must work overtime which could eventually lead to illness. When you exhale air from your body you release carbon dioxide that has been passed through from your bloodstream into your lungs. Carbon dioxide is a natural waste of your body’s metabolism.

2. Breathing Releases Tension
Think how your body feels when you are tense, angry, scared or stressed. It constricts. Your muscles get tight and your breathing becomes shallow. When your breathing is shallow you are not getting the amount of oxygen that your body needs.

3. Breathing Relaxes the Mind/Body and Brings Clarity
Oxygenation of the brain reducing excessive anxiety levels. Paying attention to your breathing. Breathe slowly, deeply and purposefully into your body. Notice any places that are tight and breathe into them. As you relax your body, you may find that the breathing brings clarity and insights to you as well.

4. Breathing Relieves Emotional Problems
Breathing will help clear uneasy feelings out of your body.

5. Breathing Relieves Pain.
You may not realize its connection to how you think, feel and experience life. For example, what happens to your breathing when you anticipate pain? You probably hold your breath. Yet studies show that breathing into your pain helps to ease it.

6. Breathing Massages Your Organs
The movements of the diaphragm during the deep breathing exercise massages the stomach, small intestine, liver and pancreas. The upper movement of the diaphragm also massages the heart. When you inhale air your diaphragm descends and your abdomen will expand. By this action you massage vital organs and improves circulation in them. Controlled breathing also strengthens and tones your abdominal muscles.

7. Breathing Increases Muscle
Breathing is the oxygenation process to all of the cells in your body. With the supply of oxygen to the brain this increases the muscles in your body.

8. Breathing Strengthens the Immune System
Oxygen travels through your bloodstream by attaching to haemoglobin in your red blood cells. This in turn then enriches your body to metabolise nutrients and vitamins.

9. Breathing Improves Posture
Good breathing techniques over a sustained period of time will encourage good posture. Bad body posture will result of incorrect breathing so this is such an important process by getting your posture right from early on you will see great benefits.

10. Breathing Improves Quality of the Blood
Deep breathing removes all the carbon-dioxide and increases oxygen in the blood and thus increases blood quality.

11. Breathing Increases Digestion and Assimilation of food
The digestive organs such as the stomach receive more oxygen, and hence operates more efficiently. The digestion is further enhanced by the fact that the food is oxygenated more.
12. Breathing Improves the Nervous System
The brain, spinal cord and nerves receive increased oxygenation and are more nourished. This improves the health of the whole body, since the nervous system communicates to all parts of the body.

13. Breathing Strengthen the Lungs
As you breathe deeply the lung become healthy and powerful, a good insurance against respiratory problems.

14. Proper Breathing makes the Heart Stronger.
Breathing exercises reduce the workload on the heart in two ways. Firstly, deep breathing leads to more efficient lungs, which means more oxygen, is brought into contact with blood sent to the lungs by the heart. So, the heart doesn’t have to work as hard to deliver oxygen to the tissues. Secondly, deep breathing leads to a greater pressure differential in the lungs, which leads to an increase in the circulation, thus resting the heart a little.

15. Proper Breathing assists in Weight Control.
If you are overweight, the extra oxygen burns up the excess fat more efficiently. If you are underweight, the extra oxygen feeds the starving tissues and glands.
16. Breathing Boosts Energy levels and Improves Stamina

17. Breathing Improves Cellular Regeneration

18. Breathing Elevates Moods
Breathing increase pleasure-inducing neurochemicals in the brain to elevate moods and combat physical pain




inner peace



YOUR BODY, in cooperation with your mind and spirit, is marvelously blessed with miraculous self-healing abilities. The body is the temple of your life. Mind and spirit are the dwellers within the temple. Mind and spirit maintain the temple. Mind’s intelligence and spirit’s inspiration vitalize and quicken the body. The three together — body, mind and spirit — cooperate to produce the most profound medicine ever known in the history of the human race, right within you.

Any injury or illness is spontaneously cured when these naturally occurring self-healing resources are operating optimally. When you cut yourself, the wound heals automatically. When you have a sprain or bruise, it heals automatically. When you have a sprain or bruise, it heals automatically. When you have a broken bone, the physician must set the bone correctly, but then nature heals in spontaneously.


Science cannot explain much of what causes what we call healing. The “original cause” of healing, health, life itself, and the whole universe is unexplained. In ancient China this “original cause” is known as “mystery.”

With or without a physician, with or without medical intervention, the natural medicine that we produce – our healer within – is working to heal us and sustain our health.

A wondrous self-healing mechanism has been built into us by the architect of the universe from the beginning of human history. This remarkable gift belongs to every person from birth. Unfortunately, most people have not known about this gift; it has been a secret. You, however, have entered into this circle of individuals who will make this secret known. Freeing the potential of self healing in your own life and sharing it with your family and community will have marvelous effects.


When our natural healing ability does not function automatically, something is terribly wrong. Our spontaneous self-healing resources have become damaged or disordered. Formerly, we lived in a world where the only solution to this problem was thought to require physicians, hospitals, medicines, and tremendous expense.

Now we know that the best, easiest and least expensive cure is to rehabilitate the automatic healing capacity through self-healing methods. The simple practices of focusing on the breath, applying self- massage, gently moving the body, and deeply relaxing bring the natural relationship among the body, mind and spirit back into balance.

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The Heart of Qigong Lies in its Essence

by DrJahnke on June 13, 2016

The heart of Qigong lies not in the form, but in its essence. The essence of Qigong is the Qigong state in which the Qi channels are open and circulating, inner resistance is at a minimum and the mechanism and spirit of your being are operating harmoniously. All the forms are maps to guide the practitioner into this state. The immense diversity and sheer numbers of forms reflects the wide array of theoretical and philosophical backgrounds along with the tastes and preferences of the people who developed them.

Copyright © 2013 The Map of the Qigong and Tai Chi Universe by Dr.Roger Jahnke. All Rights Reserved.



Encouragement from Ancient Masters

by DrJahnke on June 5, 2016

The ancients  assumed that the body was a reflection of the Spirit. Rather than the body having and energy, the universal energetic of the self develops a body. In this context there is not question as to whether we are eternally energetic in nature. Thus, the practice of Qigong supports us in re-associating with the eternal aspect of ourselves that is irrevocably well not matter what the body is experiencing — an aspect of the self that does not get sick and does not die.

Our best Qigong moments are when the separation between the local self and the eternal self is eliminated. To reach this experience the Qigong solution is to rest in the present moment during the practice. All of the Healer Within Practices allow for this to occur.

Lao Tzi

Lao Zi – 2500 years ago, #10 – “Cultivate body and breath to sustain the physical and emotional flexibility of a new born with no cares.”
from the Daodejing – Tao Te Ching


Zhuang Zi

Zhuang Zi – 2400 years ago – “Unify your attention. Rather than listen with the ear, listen with the heart. Rather than listen with the heart, listen with the Qi.”
from the Collected Writings of Zhuang Zi – Chuang Tzu



Buddha – 2500 years ago – “Peace is inherent within. Seek it not without.”
from the Sutras of Shakyamuni Buddha



Jesus — 2000 years ago – according to Matthew – “When your insight is unified – you see with a single eye – your body will be filled with light.”
from the Gospel of Matthew



Patanjali — 2000 years ago – “The forms and breaths of Yoga not only enhance the function of the body, but also open the portal to freedom from illusion.”
from the Yoga Sutras



Translated as Vitality Enhancement Qigong, Bu Zheng is a contemporary form of Qigong with ancient roots that is especially focused on healing medical challenges as well as maximizing and sustaining well-being. The roots of these practices actually go beyond history. Anthropologists claim that humans have acted like humans for as much as 3 million years. Scholars project that Qigong like practices were developed by tribes members and Shamans over 100,000 years ago.

Bu Zheng is rooted in this rich history of ancient tribal origins.

Bu means — make strong, enhance
Zheng means — the coherent interrelated functions and systems of the whole self.

Bu Zheng means maximize the integrated, interactive, holistic version of the self — the whole person, the whole self – at all levels, Spirit–Mind–Body.



Endorphins: Qigong Is as Good as Chocolate

by DrJahnke on May 13, 2016

Emotions occur in the mind and body. Emotional states accompany the synthesis of neuropeptides, the chemicals of the emotions, sending them flowing to various parts of the body. This explains why we feel profound restfulness when the mind is contented, a queasy stomach when we are anxious, or a racing heart when we are in love.

Two factors suggest a close connection between the neuropeptides and Qi. Firstly, neuropeptides, like qi, are produced in response to state of mind and influence the health of the internal organs. Secondly, neuropeptide receptor sites are located on the immune cells. This means that, like Qi, neuropeptides form a link between consciousness and immunity, mind and body.


The best-known neuropeptides are the endorphins, morphine-like substances found naturally within the body. Endorphins account for moods of well-being or euphoria such as we experience after enjoyable aerobic workouts (the “runner’s high”), eating chocolate – scientifically shown to produce endorphins – or dynamic Qigong training. Internal martial arts training, the most active type of Qigong, also engenders feelings of well-being, both during solo exercise practice or sparring. It is not unusual to see Taiji Quan players smiling happily even while being whacked by a boxing glove! Feeling good is good for you. The endorphins are known to stimulate the immune system and reduce pain.

The sensation of being full of Qi, whether as a result of one’s own practice or of receiving external qi from a healer, corresponds to an increase in the body’s endorphins. If this is the only reason why Qigong feels good or reduces pain, then administering the endorphin blocker naloxone should prevent qi from having the usual effects. This has been experimentally tested in China. When rats were subjected to a painful electric stimulus, external Qi treatment reduced their pain significantly. Naloxone could only partially block this effect. This means that endorphins are a correlate of Qi, but that Qi is more than endorphins.

If you are seeking for the fulfillment of Qi: The IIQTC offers various workshops and training’s of Qigong and Tai Chi.


What are we? – Primordial Energetics

by DrJahnke on May 4, 2016

What are we?

Think of it this way, we are only one part substance while we are probably, at minimum, 4 parts non-substance. This means that the senses we use to determine “what we are” and what we are experiencing are only detecting one of our 5 parts while the senses that we use to determine what we are experiencing are actually unable to detect 4 of our parts.

Primordial Energetics

The aspects of our being include:

The body — detectable and objectively measureable.
Consciousness — mind, emotions, intellect — not yet quantifiably detectable except as impressions.
Local energy — ions, magnetic field — detectable but not easily, can be felt however, but not objectively measured.
Non-local subtle energy — quantum — not detectable, has no dimensionality. Are quanta able to be quantified?
Spirit — which is not detectable, physical or measurable.

In other words, only 1 of 5 aspects of our being can be detected and measured, while 4 of 5 are, for research and proof purposed, immeasurable.

The implications of this are that the only way we can know ourselves is to get comfortable with the fact that radical attentiveness; inner observation and direct experience are the superior pathways to self-knowing and healing.

Energy Body

This is actually, still, quite naïve. In fact those who understand these things well actually articulate that we can’t even say that there are these 5 dimensions, because ultimately there are no dimensions and nothing particular at all anywhere because there is no matter and there is no where. Nothing matters = that which matters the most is no thing or not a thing.

Nothing “matters”?

Nothing matters = that which matters the most is”no thing” or not a thing. 
No where = now here! 
How do we get a “here” —when there is none? 
AHHHH! The Mystery!

Primordial Energetics

You are not just matter; you are energy.


Breathe From Your Belly

by DrJahnke on April 10, 2016



– As you inhale, imagine that your belly is a big balloon that you’re slowly filling with air.

– Place your hands on your belly while you slowly inhale.

– Watch your hands as they rise with your in-breath.

– Watch your hands fall as you slowly breathe out, letting the air out of the balloon.

– As you exhale, make sure your belly stays relaxed.

– Take at least two or three more slow and deep breaths, making sure to keep your attention on the rise and fall of your belly.

Breathing slowly and deeply into and out of your belly is a signal to your mind and body to let go of stress and improve your health and happiness.

Doing belly-breathing lowers your blood pressure, relaxes your muscles, and helps you manage your emotions. Belly-breathing creates peace in your mind as well as your body.

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