Is it only a myth that the Japanese have long held the secret to longevity in thousands of years old tales? In the past three decades, the average age of Japanese seniors has been at the top of the list worldwide. Consistently, surprising numbers of Japanese live to be well over 100 years old.
From ancient times to today, people are looking for a way to live longer, if not eternally. They take rare herbs such as Ganoderma or aged Ginseng. The belief is that these healthful plants can create an energy store in the body that will help to keep us forever young. This theory is the same as Qi Gong meditation, a gentle movement practice that keeps vital energy circulating through the body and brings about healing and well-being.
One of the greatest comic books creators is Osamu Tezuka (1928-1989), the man behind the very popular "Astro Boy" and "Kimba" comics. Both iconic comics characters went on to inspire Hollywood and Broadway with Stephen Spielberg's film, "AI," and the long-running stage musical and animated motion picture, "The Lion King."
Tezuka took 22 years to fully tell his most famous story, "Phoenix," which ran from 1967 to 1989 and featured a total of 12 chapters. Each chapter is an individual story that runs through different eras from ancient history to present day and into the future. Each centers around one enduring topic -- how humans are forever seeking eternal life.
This quest seems never to have changed throughout the course of humanity. But the question remains, why do we want to live longer? I think it's because we don't want to give up everything we've built over a lifetime; and, the opportunity to take pleasure in what we've experienced.
Feng Shui cannot provide us with a longevity recipe, it can only suggest how to better follow a life plan which has already been set by nature. There are energies around that can help us better connect with the universe. And, certain energy spots promote good health -- assisting us to live better and stay in touch with the power of the positive.
Here are some healthful tips from renowned Hong Kong-based Feng Shui Master So:
Rat - a music box in Southwest corner
Ox - a red object in the South
Tiger - a glass of water in the North
Hare - a glass of water in the North
Dragon - a red object in the South
Snake - a plant in the East
Horse - a plant in the East
Ram - a red object on the South
Monkey - a few pebbles in Southwest corner
Rooster - a few pebbles in Northeast corner
Dog - a red object in the South
Boar - a music box in the West
These will not help you to necessarily live longer, but could lessen the intensity of illness if and when it strikes. Of course, your family doctor is always the best source of knowledge about your health. And it is important to always get a yearly check-up.
Eternal life may only be a fantasy, but living with positive energy and good health is a reality.