Iíd never given a single moment of thought to the condition of my qi (life force) until last month when I was
ambushed by vertigo. I spent a few wobbly days hoping the problem would go away if I ignored it. When the dizziness
worsened, I reluctantly sought help from a chiropractor who suggested acupuncture to release my blocked qi. Heeding
a friendís advice to never pass up an opportunity to try something new no matter how pointless, I decided to go along
with the silliness. I lay there for ten minutes like a drunken porcupine, planning my immediate visit to a real
doctor. What are the odds that my vertigo coincidentally corrected itself during those ten minutes? Because, dear
reader, by the time those tiny little needles were removed, I was cured!
On the heels of this experience came Dr. Maoshing Niís Meditations to Live to Be 100, based on the ancient
Chinese energy medicine that uses meditation to "build the bodyís qi." Dr. Ni stresses the importance of balance for
maintaining health and claims that the meditations included in this 2-CD set can help our bodies last for at least
100 years, as he says they are meant to do. The meditations, he tells us, help to eliminate the causes of premature
aging - toxins, exhaustion, and blockages - so that we can have healthy and fulfilling lives well past the century
Dr. Ni is director of the Longevity and Healthy Aging program at the Tao of Wellness, and the author of several
books on the topic of longevity. Niís decades of research on centenarians has led to his acquaintance with a number
of hundred-somethings and he shares some of their stories - the 105 years old man seeking a bride "under the age of
50," and the 101 year old woman who still works in the family vegetable fields every day, for example.
As anyone would do, Ni asks these elders what secret they employ to stay so active and healthy far past the time
when weíd expect them to be dead. Without exception, every one of these centenarians engages in a regular meditation
practice similar to the ones taught in this audio course.
The first CD contains a brief, non-technical explanation of Niís philosophy, some intriguing anecdotes about the
efficacy of meditation, and tips for health and happiness. Itís solid, sensible, and specific information that any
of us can incorporate into our lives.
The second CD is devoted to five meditation practices with specific goals - shielding from negativity, energy
cleansing, gathering energy from the cosmos, longevity invocation, and harmonizing. Ni uses his soothing and sure
voice to direct the listener through the practices, which require no special equipment or prior experience. It
couldnít be any easier than this.
Itís hard to believe that just sitting could balance qi and restore health, but no harder than believing that a
handful of precisely inserted needles could restore my balance. For less than youíd pay for an artery-clogging
dinner, Meditations to Live to Be 100 offers a nearly-effortless method to improve your health and live in
harmony with the universe. Itís one of the best treats you can give yourself, and an ideal gift for anyone youíd
like to keep around for a long time.