I’m Not Aging, I’m Evolving

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Today is my 40th birthday.  Yesterday, I went to the studio as usual to teach my evening classes.  For the 2nd year in a row, my amazing wife managed to surprise me.  When I arrived, students were waiting for me, complete with presents, cake, and balloons.

One of the birthday napkins had the following written on it:  “I’m not aging, I’m evolving.”  It’s a funny quote, but when I saw it, I thought to myself, “That’s true!”

I’m willing to bet that most people my age don’t feel as good as I do. I think most 40-year-olds feel that they are gradually getting worse.  I don’t.  Thanks to Qigong and Tai Chi, I’m getting better and better.  And it’s not just wishful thinking.  I’m happier than ever, but I’m also healthier, stronger, faster, leaner, more flexible, more powerful, and more successful.

I’m amazed at people who, at age 60, act old.  Often, when I ask them if they’re ready to get rid of their pain and illness, they look at me like I’m crazy.  “I’m just getting old,” they argue. “It’s normal!”  Well, then I’m happy to be abnormal, and I’m happy to have helped many, many 60-year-olds to become happier and healthier than they were at 50.

Practicing Qigong and Tai Chi keeps me young.  It’s not just figurative.  My body, my biochemistry, my cells — everything is younger as a result of practicing these arts.  And not just younger, but more evolved.

For example, I’m happier than ever — happier than even when I was a child.  Although I was healthy as a child, I wasn’t as highly evolved mentally, emotionally, and spiritually.  Today, I’ve got the best of both worlds because I’m both healthy and happy.

They say that youth is wasted on the young.  By the time most people are mature enough to truly appreciate life, they don’t have enough energy or vitality to do so.  That may be true for most people, but not me.

I’m going to live to 120.  I say this to my students all the time, and they laugh.  Some of them probably think I’m kidding, but those who know me, those who have been with me for a few years know that I’m serious.  I plan to live to 120, and to live well!

What about you? 

Mindfully yours,
Sifu Anthony

[hr] I’m Anthony Korahais, and I used qigong to heal from clinical depression, low back pain, anxiety, and chronic fatigue. I’ve already taught thousands of people from all over the world to use qigong for their own stubborn health issues. I teach online courses, and also lead in-person retreats and workshops.
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5 Responses to I’m Not Aging, I’m Evolving

  1. Mike Rocha June 8, 2012 at 6:45 pm #

    Happy Birthday Anthony!

    I turned 50 this year … and have many ailments. I learned qigong back in 2005, but I failed to keep practicing. I won’t make that mistake again.

    Today I’m into my 6th month straight of practicing twice most days. It was beginning to be a chore again … until your Memorial Day weekend class. Since then I’ve been practicing with joy and no stick … I quit beating myself up when the monkey mind comes back. Through your encouragement and teaching I’ve learned that Mr. Monkey is simply a part of it. 🙂

    Qigong rocks!!!

  2. Vicky June 27, 2012 at 12:06 pm #

    Wow, Sifu, I always saw you as being in your early 30’s. Very inspiring. I hope you had a wonderful birthday!

    • Sifu Anthony June 27, 2012 at 12:13 pm #

      Thanks Vicky. But I see myself as being in my early 20s. That’s how I feel, at least!

  3. Nettie July 3, 2012 at 8:19 am #

    Happy Birthday Sifu Anthony! I just really appreciated this article. I myself, turning 43 in October, feel that age is just a number. It’s not about the body, it’s about the mind.

  4. Sham October 25, 2013 at 12:41 am #

    Dear Sihing, thank you for sharing your inspiring words. You put a big smile on my face when you mentioned being happier than a child.

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