A new study by researchers in Wisconsin, Spain, and France reports the first evidence of specific molecular changes in the body following a period of mindfulness meditation.
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.
“To the best of our knowledge, this is the first paper that shows rapid alterations in gene expression within subjects associated with mindfulness meditation practice,” says study author Richard Davidson, Harvard educated Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry, and founder of the Center for Investigating Healthy Minds at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where the study took place. What we are talking about is epigenetic alterations to the genome… Keep in mind this is following one day of mindfulness practice.
The aUthor of the study, Richard Davidson, is not only a Professor of Psychology but also a Neuroscientist. The breath through field is really the the new approach to learning and research: a transdisciplinary study … where researchers from the fields of psychology (mind) , Neuroscience (brain), health and even education are finally discovering new ways to learn and apply what scientist like Bruce Lipton (Biology of Belief) and yes the great Rishis confirmed long ago….. Welcome to the New Earth
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