If you take all these disparate findings, it becomes possible to reinvent your body, and the first step is to set it free from fixed ideas. Feed your body with new information and energy of the right kind. Those lifestyle changes are a good start. So is the following meditation:

Sit still with your eyes closed in a quiet place that is free of distractions. Place your attention on your heart, and as you breathe, see a gentle light going in and out of your heart. Do this for a few minutes until you are comfortable with the process. Now with each in-breath, let the light remain in your heart. With each out-breath, see your heart expand as a field of light. Each time you breathe, gently let the heart expand more. When you feel your heart light filling your whole body, be present with that feeling for five minutes.

As you do this simple heart meditation, you will be nourishing every cell with a gentle flow of peace and calm. Feel the stress melt away as your body relaxes. If you want, you can introduce a reassuring thought: I am loved, I am safe, I belong. Any positive intention will do. The effect of an intention is to alter the flow of information that enters every cell. Thus the reinvention of the body turns out to be natural, easy and subtly powerful. Your body is the sum of all the information you have put into it since birth. Once you know that the stream of information is under your control, what better way to set your body free?

Deepak Chopra is the author of more than 50 books on health, success, relationships and spirituality, including his current best-seller, Reinventing the Body, Resurrecting the Soul, available now. You can listen to his show on Saturdays every week on SiriusXM, Channels 102 and 155.

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