A recent study by researchers in Wisconsin, Spain and France shows that certain genes can be intentionally switched on (or activated), causing specific molecular changes in the body, via the use of mindfulness meditation.
After a period of
eight hours of mindfulness practice, meditators taking part in the research successfully showed reduced levels of
pro-inflammatory genes in addition to altered levels of gene-regulating machinery,
resulting in a faster recovery from stressful situations.
The study shows that although we are unable to change our genetic material
using deep states of meditation, we can indeed influence which genes are
being expressed and how much they are affecting the body; a theory notably proposed by Dr Bruce Lipton who has previously written and spoken about imaginal cells.
Mindfulness-based tests have already previously shown beneficial effects
on inflammatory disorders and have been endorsed by the American Heart
Association as being preventative.
The study was published in peer-reviewed journal, Psychoneuroendocrinology, and has
been confirmed by Richard J Davidson, founder of Center For
Investigating Healthy Minds. Davidson is also the William James and
Vilas Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry at the University of
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