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Meditation alters stress genes: study

Meditation alters the activity of genes linked to stress and depression, a study has shown.

Researchers examined evidence for mind-body interventions (MBIs) such as meditation, yoga and Tai Chi, affecting DNA.

Data from 18 studies involving 846 participants revealed a pattern of molecular changes in the body that benefit mental and physical health.

The key was nothing to do with unblocking Chakras but a gene-regulating stress molecule called nuclear factor kappa B (NF-kB).

Under its influence, certain genes switch on a "fight or flight" response to stress which over time can increase the risk of cancer, accelerated ageing, and mental disorders such as depression.

People who practice meditation and other MBIs lower their production of kappa B and the stress effects it triggers, the scientists found.

Lead investigator Ivana Buric, from the Brain, Belief and Behaviour Laboratory at the University of Coventry, said: "Millions of people around the world already enjoy the health benefits of mind-body interventions like yoga or meditation, but what they perhaps don't realise is that these benefits begin at a molecular level and can change the way our genetic code goes about its business.

"These activities are leaving what we call a molecular signature in our cells, which reverses the effect that stress or anxiety would have on the body by changing how our genes are expressed.

"Put simply, MBIs cause the brain to steer our DNA processes along a path which improves our wellbeing."

The research is published in the journal Frontiers in Immunology.

Source:  SBS news

Original: http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2017/06/16/meditation-alters-stress-genes-study; copy PDF

 

More conscious meditators feel it and are using it for improving health and wellbeing. Meditation master Prembuda has been speaking about it since 2005, while leading Osho Dynamic meditation, and wrote about it in the 2006 book "Meditation - Sharing of Soul".

  

Prembuda, while leading dynamic meditation in Ojas meditation center on Oct 16, 2005, spoke: "Breathe! Everyone meet existence – from the body to the spirit. And when they unite, stream of consciousness begins to increase. Every cell revives and looks not for viruses or authority, but for energy – existential energy flowing directly from the body to the spirit and from the spirit to the body. Breathe, breathe, inhale, exhale, inhale, exhale, in, out, in, out, inwards, outwards, inwards, outwards.

Look deeper, reach physical body too. Physical body can be touched not only from astral, but from mental and spiritual bodies too. Then the subtlest parts and cells are functioning, and new genes begin to function – genes which are anti-virus, anti-false, genes of truth, freedom, and love."

 

Updated on 03-07-2017







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