Welcome to the second edition of Sowa Rigpa Journal! This time we are going to dive into Sowa Rigpa’s rejuvenation methods. Although aging and death are inevitable, there are many methods of how to age slowly and gracefully. There are inspiring examples of active, healthy centenarians, starting with Yuthok himself that show it is possible to live over one hundred years and be in good physical and mental shape.
According to Tibetan Medicine, long life and good health result from a balance of bodily energies and constituents. It is achieved by preventative (and curative) means, such as a balanced lifestyle, healthy diet, herbal supplements, and external therapies. There is no mystery that spending many hours a day in front of a screen, in artificial light, and having not enough time for rest and recreation shortens one’s life. There is growing evidence in modern science that confirms what Sowa Rigpa has found many centuries ago. It explains how factors like stress, sedative lifestyle and eating processed food turn on the genes responsible for chronic inflammation, a basis for many civilizational diseases, and accelerate aging. It is well documented that proper diet, regular movement or exercise, time in nature, and stress management, be it by meditation or other techniques, can influence the length of telomeres – the guardians of the longevity of our cells! Therefore, it is wise to take command of your own health and your life through proper lifestyle, behaviour, and diet.
On top of the self-directed methods of lifestyle and food, Tibetan medicine has special longevity enhancement therapies like bLa massage and oil therapy as well as special elixirs called, “chulen,” in Tibetan. Chulen are extracted essences that restore lost or weakened life energy. In this issue of the Journal, you can read about various ways to prevent or slow down aging and about the origins of chulen, its applications, therapies, and so much more.
I wish you enjoy reading the upcoming pages and remember to find some time to restore your health and joy!
Dr. Anastazja Holecko