MessageToEagle.com – For decades, many people have claimed that practicing mindfulness meditation can not only make you happier and calmer, but also alter biology so you’ll become a healthier individual.
Most researchers have dismissed these claims due to the lack of evidence. All this has changed now when scientists have discovered the world’s first evidence that meditation does have a positive physical impact at the cellular level. Meditation does work. It improves our physical health and can alter our biology, scientists say.
Once again it seems clear that the powers of our mind and brain are greater than we could possibly imagine. As MessageToEagle.com previously reported, it is possible to use our mind to change realityand it is in fact much easier than we think.
Needless to say, there are many situations in our lives that we cannot change by simply thinking about them.
Our ancestors were familiar with many ancient meditation techniques that helped people to deal with a variety of problems.
A study conducted by scientists in Canada reveals that meditation and yoga can alter cellular activity of breast cancer survivors.
Researchers discovered that the telomeres – the caps at the end of each strand of DNA that protect our chromosomes that determine how quickly a cell ages – stayed the same length in cancer survivors who meditated or took part in support groups over a three-month period.
Although the disease-regulating properties of telomeres aren’t fully understood, shortened telomeres are associated with several disease states, as well as cell aging, while longer telomeres are thought to be protective against disease.
“We already know that psychosocial interventions like mindfulness meditation will help you feel better mentally, but now for the first time we have evidence that they can also influence key aspects of your biology,” says Dr. Linda E. Carlson, PhD, principal investigator and director of research in the Psychosocial Resources Department at the Tom Baker Cancer Centre.
“It was surprising that we could see any difference in telomere length at all over the three-month period studied,” says Dr. Carlson, who is also a U of C professor in the Faculty of Arts and the Cumming School of Medicine, and a member of the Southern Alberta Cancer Institute.
“Further research is needed to better quantify these potential health benefits, but this is an exciting discovery that provides encouraging news.”
Allison McPherson was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 2008. When she joined the study, she was placed in the mindfulness-based cancer recovery group. Today, she says that experience has been life-changing.
“I was skeptical at first and thought it was a bunch of hocus-pocus,” says McPherson, who underwent a full year of chemotherapy and numerous surgeries. “But I now practise mindfulness throughout the day and it’s reminded me to become less reactive and kinder toward myself and others.”
Study participant Deanne David was also placed in the mindfulness group.
“Being part of this made a huge difference to me,” she says. “I think people involved in their own cancer journey would benefit from learning more about mindfulness and connecting with others who are going through the same things.”
This study is highly significant and for the first time ever, researchers can confirm there is clear new evidence for mind-body connection.