In this day and hour where disasters seem to compeed to bring us out of balance - running into fear and dispear, it might be usefull to focus on what
to do, things we actually can have a real influence on.
there is a summary of a TV show (in danish, sorry... translation below) where
heart-specialist researcher at Harvard Medical School referes to a study where actually changes in the human gene-material was present...
My conclusion is: We can make a difference, it´s all about awareness and a focused will-effort
Sorry if this is already posted...
Here is another link where the method applied are described (in english): www.suite101.com...
And below is the Google translation of the above mentioned article:
Meditation alter genes
Close your eyes and breathe deeply. Close thoughts away for awhile and meditate!
The council will have many who suffer from stress and illness - and research shows that the meditative respite works.
When people meditate, it can measure significant physical changes. Blood pressure decreases, pulse rate drops, breath drops and the metabolism drops.
But the meditative state of relaxation will also affect our genes.
A U.S. study has shown that people who have meditated for many years, show changes in 2200 genes. And even among people in a group that has been
meditating for just eight weeks, you could see a change in 1561 genes.
Counteracts stress and aging
It is the genes that reduces stress and prevents inflammation and aging, which are influenced and activated during meditation.
In the group in the trial who had never meditated, there was no difference to detect in the genes.
Herbert Benson is cardiologist at Harvard Medical School. He took the initiative to the study in 2008, his team examined all the body's 50,000 genes
on the occupants of the three groups.
- We have the capacity to use our minds to keep checking with the fundamental building blocks of our body, namely RNA and DNA, "says Herbert Benson
in 'Mind and Science" on DR2.
Also the brain is affected by meditation.
It is in the frontal part of the brain and brainstem, there is a change. So instead that control attention, and brain stem, among other controls
breathing and heartbeat.