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Sunday, September 21, 2014

Genes, DNA and Thoughts

Without going out of my door
I can know all things on earth.
Without looking out of my window
I can know the ways of heaven.

For the farther one travels,
The less one knows.

The sage therefore
Arrives without traveling,
Sees all without looking,
Does all without doing.

-Lao Tzu, Tao te Ching

For those of you who need some scientific evidence how your DNA is changed through your thoughts, the is a new scientific study being researched in Wisconsin, Spain and France reporting the first evidence of scientific molecular change in the body following a period of intense mindfulness practice.

The study investigates the effects of a day of intense mindfulness practice in a group of experience meditators, compared to a group of untrained control subjects who engaged in quite non-meditative activities. The meditators genes reflected an alternation and produced a reduction in their levels of inflammatory genes, which produced a faster physical recovery from stressful situation.

Founder of the Center for Investigating Healthy Minds, Richard J. Davidson said this was the first paper to show rapid alteration in gene expression within the subject associated with mindfulness meditation practice.  I love how science has to prove things that we know happen or have happen for thousands of years.  I suspect there are many people who need this verification to believe that meditation can alter gene expression.  This is quite similar to the Biology of Belief, written by Bruce Lipton.

Mindfulness-based trainings have shown beneficial effects on inflammatory disorders in prior clinical studies and are endorsed by the American Heart Association as a preventative intervention.  The new results provide a possible biological mechanism for therapeutic effect.

The study was published in the journal Psychoneuroendocrinology.

The results show a down-regulation of genes that have been implicated in inflammation.  The affected genes include the pro-inflammatory gene RIPK2 and COX2 as well as several histone deacetylase (HDAC) genes, which regulate the activity of other gene epigenetically by removing a type of chemical tag.  These genes produced faster cortisol recovery to a social stress test involving an impromptu speech and tasks requiring calculations performed in front of an audience and video camera.

 The meditators experienced genetic changes following mindfulness practice that were not seen in the non-meditators group after other quiet activities--an outcome providing proof of principle that mindfulness practice can lead to epigenetic alternations of the genome.

Genes are quite dynamic in their expression and these results suggest that the calmness of the mind can actually have a potential influence on their expression says Davidson.  These findings set the foundation for future studies to further assess meditation strategies for the treatment of chronic inflammatory conditions.

I wrote this article for those of you who do not understand how you can change your genes with your thoughts.  It is important for you to understand this, in my opinion.  It is also important, in my opinion to understand how your body works, where your organs are in your body and how they work in your system.  We are Gods, and we do have the ability to create the kind of life we want to live.  This article just gives you some proof of the power we possess within ourselves.  Meditation can have beneficial health effects and now the scientists are studying what those of us who practice meditation have known all along.


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