Another important feature in the experience of centuries-old towns, intellectuals is relentless use of the brain and dedication to work. As they immerse themselves heart and soul into their work and hope to pin a distant goal, they remain calm, composed and optimistic, even in adversity.
Feng Gangbe, a painter centenaire Guangzhou, loved oil painting all his life. Art has produced a favorable effect on his character and held her whole being. Feng said: "Painting makes me forget the time and difficulty and I attribute everything, including my life to it." He worked as an artist for over seven decades and has experienced many difficulties and frustrations, but it can always remain calm and peaceful, ignoring honor or indignity. It is the oil that gives consolation and encouragement, became her spiritual pillar, tides him over many difficulties and enable him to live so far, full of vigor and confidence.
Su Juxian, 102 years, is a calligrapher and a member of the Research Institute of the Shanghai Culture and History. He believes that calligraphy, such as qigong, improves physical and mental health through the establishment of peace and harmony of the mind. He said, "Healthy living requires both quiet and active periods. The direction of active exercises is obvious, but the calm is often mistaken to be passive meeting for members and the rest of the brain. In fact, when we sat to rest, he is troubled with different thoughts and can not achieve peace. True peace can only be found in mental concentration, as when one is absorbed in his work or of study and forget the hunger or cold. When called, he forgets to answer, when disturbed, it becomes irritated. This can be considered the state of calm. "
Mofo Sunday, a participant in the Revolution of 1911, is now a member of the Central Research Institute of History and Culture and vice-president of the Society of Chinese calligraphy and painting of the elderly. At the age of 104, he painted "The Joy of Spring" pulse when he attended part of the painting to announce the arrival of spring in Beijing in 1985. Commenting on the relationship between calligraphy and good health, he says, calligraphy nourishes the spirit, nature, the vital energy and life. When a calligrapher uses his brush, he naturally his mind entirely on his subject and makes all other thoughts. He is deaf to wind or rain. Is this not the same health effects that qigong? "
Both calligraphers agree that when you do something of everything, he likes to do, he may give up all other thoughts and reach a state of mind similar to qigong masters in deep meditation. It is therefore rewarded with good health and longevity.
Scientific studies show that humans began to atrophy cerebri after age 40. But if you regularly use her brain, she atrophy more slowly, as shown by the comparison between the elderly who study diligently and rarely those who use their brains. Using a brain often can prevent senility.
Some hundred cities also compose and recite poetry and play chess. It Yonggi, mother of the popular science writer Gao Shiqi, is a poet centenary. Born into a family of academics, she loved writing poems and antithetical couplets from his youth. Inspired by poetw, she is cheerful and open - mind. When she was 100 years and has asked the secret of her longevity, she replied with a line of poetry, "Bullied by frost and snow, the plum blossoms is especially fragrant.
The answer speaks to a life of much frustration. When his eldest daughter and favorite child died suddenly at the age of 23 years, she was so distressed that she suffered a nervous breakdown. Later consoled by his family and inspired by the poetry and books, she came to take his loss philosophically.
She met other tragedies. Look forward to the eldest son of Gao Shiqi return to China after completing his studies in the United States, his first glance it is astonishing as he walked, stiff neck and his hands trembling. It was found that, while Gao has studied in the United States, he accidentally contracted a virus in an experiment and suffered serious consequences throughout conceal the circumstances of his mother. The reunion with his son to provide further pain.
But sometimes, the misery continued, and in winter of 1944, her husband, Gao Zanting, died of illness in Chongqing. But it should not be. beaten. Poetry consoled and inspired to live.
In the "cultural revolution", she suffered from the criticism and persecution like many other Chinese intellectuals of his generation, but it was his misfortune with contempt and blood. This explains his artistic success and longevity.
Xie Xiaxun centenarians, vice president of the National Association of chess, took pleasure in playing chess throughout his life. From age six, he learned to play Chinese chess with his father. He won a championship chess Chinese in Shanghai in 1918 and later, was hailed as "commander in chief of the national chess scene." In 1934, he was invited to visit South East Asia where he defeated the British international chess champion, is has been active in chess circles for over 90 years and written29 books on chess. His daughter, Xie Bingchuan explains why it has achieved longevity, saying: "He recited poems, pieces of chess and his heart is serene and peaceful." He inherited a precise secret of longevity ", calm and Serenety" of ancient China for centuries.
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