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Meditations to Live to Be 100
Traditional Chinese Practices for Health, Vitality & Longevity

by Dr. Maoshing Ni

      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 mark.

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.

The Book

Sounds True
July 2008
Audio CD 2CDs / 2 hours
Nonfiction / Mind & Body
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The Reviewer

Deborah Adams
Reviewed 2008
NOTE: Reviewer Deborah Adams is the Flair and Macavity Award winning author of the Jesus Creek Mystery Series: All The Great Pretenders, All The Crazy Winters, All The Dark Disguises, All The Hungry Mothers, All The Deadly Beloved, All The Blood Relations, and All The Dirty Cowards. She was also an Agatha Award nominee for Best First Novel.
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