The phrase "You're only as young as your spine is flexible" should be taken to heart by everyone hoping to extract more value from life.
If you're over the age of 25 you've likely noticed your mobility decrease year on year, unless you've been actively stretching. The hamstrings get tight, hip flexors get tight, and back gets stiff - the consequence of sitting for extended periods of time.
People wrongly assume that some people are flexible, and others not, and that's just the way it is. When you came out of your mom you were as malleable as the rest, and you let it fade away. But all is not lost, you can get it back, if not in entirety at least to a meaningful degree. And it doesn't have to be excruciating to get started.
People think of science and spirituality as opposites. Western science is the realm of rationality, whose language is mathematics. It expresses itself through numbers and formulas deduced from rigorous experiments.
Eastern religions discourage rationality. They say we should find knowledge by intuition, through which we might learn to perceive immeasurable truths.
Scientists learn from observing the outside world, Buddhist practitioners need introspection. Yet, somehow, both end up with a similar vision of the world. How is this possible
In The Tao of Physics: An Exploration of the Parallels Between Modern Physics and Eastern Mysticism, a 1975 classic, Fritjof Capra attempts to answer this question.
When we say ‘science,’ we usually refer to the basic mechanics of how reality functions on a macroscopic level. From this point of view, space and time are separate entities which are easy to measure, as are matter and energy.
If we take a closer look, however, things appear rather differently deep inside the structure of matter. It is on this level that it’s possible for quantum mechanics and the theory of relativity to reach conclusions long held by Eastern mystics.
These are the 3 main concepts from the book:
1. The more theories of modern physics have been refined, the more they seem to agree everything is connected.
2. From planets to subatomic particles, each entity in physics is ever-changing and ever-moving.
3. Asian mystics have long believed in the ideas of unity and temporality – as now do modern physics!