We Should Still Be Swinging From The Trees.

Evolution had not been kind with human’s physical bodies.

Do you have back problems?

Chances are, it’s evolution.

We need to deal with how evolution has screwed with us early.

It’s the other half of why we age.

One is entropy.

The other is evolution.


When we first came down from the trees we started walking upright.

It saved energy.

Everything was suddenly easier.

Huge energy saver.

But our bodies didn’t adapt soon enough to deal with this massive change.

Here’s the crunch.

They still haven’t.

Why are we all walking upright now?

Seven million years after we came down from the trees and started walking upright?

Recent studies have also suggested that, rather than taking millions of years to evolve from a hunched position as is commonly believed, our early ancestors were already capable of standing and walking upright the moment they descended from the trees.” (Live Science)


So have we all been walking upright prematurely?

To save energy.

Not so much as an evolutionary advance at all.

Is this the only reason, then, we are not all falling over in the street and returning to the trees?

Just so we can save energy?

But now we have supermarkets to save us energy.

So are we walking, and running, and jumping, ahead of time?

Seven million years ahead?

I know.

I have a spinal stenosis.

Messages don’t get through from my brain to my legs telling them how to walk.

After assuming that walking doesn’t come easy because, in spite of having excellent leg strength, I keep falling over, what’s happening?

Why can’t I walk?

Why must I focus on the placement of every step, one at a time, when I see others walking with ease without falling over?

I’m wondering whether it has anything to do with the evolution of humans coming out of the trees and walking upright?

Seems like, in evolutionary terms, it was instant.


Survival it seems.

To save energy.

Not any physical modification of the human/ape body to meet an evolutionary advance?

So are we stuck with a creature who has made a very physical move before its time?.

Is our body still meant to swing from the trees?

Have we beat the gun and advanced, in evolution terms, before we’re ready?

Is that why our bodies are so screwed?

So many of us with back and spinal problems?

And what physical modification has occurred in those intervening 7 million years since we came down out of the trees?

The placement of the scull on the top of the spine to cope with the upright stature.

Otherwise, I can’t find anything major.

So my immediate thoughts are

Is ageing caused by evolution?

Evolution and entropy?

Love and peace.

Neil the Smith .

PS. My new book ‘Romancing Your Life. Changing The World.’

3 Secrets Of Staying Young.

I started my plan to stay young at the age of 24 when I enrolled in the first full-time yoga school in Australia, the Gita School of Yoga.

Ever since I have practiced the 10 chakra asanas (positions) I learned every day without fail for the next 50 years.

So this is the basis of my first secret to staying young.

Secret 1. Take care of your body.

Learn the basic yoga positions and perform them every morning, like the first thing you do on getting out of bed so it becomes routine. Search ‘Chakra Yoga’.

Do muscle stretching daily with gentle exercises, for me it was mostly lying on the mat, to strengthen the muscles that support your spine and lower back. Search Callan Pinkney books or videos.

Buy an electric massage chair. Everyone should have one. Even to relax your body after mowing the lawn, it’s magical. Get the vibration type not the roller type.

Walk. I lost my car when my business and I went bankrupt 30 years ago and I’ve walked everywhere since.

At that time I was having trouble with my lower back and my legs, which caused me to take up the muscle stretching and persist with the yoga.

Two years ago I was diagnosed with lumbar canal stenosis which I believe had been kept at bay for those 28 years by my exercise program.

Still, they told me I’d never walk again and would be wheelchair bound for the rest of my life; well I’m still walking (with the help of a support) and there’s no wheelchair in sight.

Whatever you do, keep moving.

Secret 2. Keep your mind active.

I’ve written and self-published 5 books in the last 20 years. They’re not novels as everyone expects them to be. They’re non-fiction, about what I’ve learned about life (just like this blog post).

I write and publish a blog post every weekend.

I also post to my Twitter timeline and to 30 Facebook Fan Pages once a week at least.

I’m thinking about writing my next book.

I meditate once a week with a group of people under a teacher.

Secret 3. Your thoughts create your reality.

Think young. Think well.

You are not the statistic that represents the number of times the Earth has travelled around the Sun since you were born.

For this reason I’m not going to tell you my age.

But when I turned 50 I was so horrified that I decided to always be 49. Which is my true age today.

Think about it.

I invite you to visit my Author Page listing all of my books, where you can read more or order your copy of any of them online.

Best wishes,


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