A main focus of my work is mindfulness and daily meditation. Mindfulness as the art and practice of living in the moment, experiencing all we feel and think in the present. Mindfulness is not a new “gimmick” or simply a play on words, and recently science has proved that meditation, as used throughout the ages, actually has physically redemptive qualities. Not long ago I wrote about a Harvard study showing that meditation grows new grey matter in the brain. This article, describing a recent research study, not only adds legitimacy to what I, and others who follow mindfulness, believe, but it also succinctly explains how our physical body, not just the mind, is changed through meditation.
Here is a quote from the article: “The study investigated the effects of a day of intensive mindfulness practice in a group of experienced meditators, compared to a group of untrained control subjects who engaged in quiet non-meditative activities. After eight hours of mindfulness practice, the meditators showed a range of genetic and molecular differences, including altered levels of gene-regulating machinery and reduced levels of pro-inflammatory genes, which in turn correlated with faster physical recovery from a stressful situation.”
In reading about the referenced research, what are your thoughts?
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