For 5,000 years now, people have been using meditation to heal the body. Science is finally catching up. Finally, science proves meditation creates anti-aging genes. And they’re realizing the positive effects of meditation. It has effects on mental, physical and emotional health. There are more effects than that. A recent study shows the drastic change between people who meditate and those who don’t.
A group of researchers in America have performed a study of participants. The group was composed of women who attended a retreat done by Deepak Chopra’s Center for Wellbeing. At the resort, the women between the ages of 30-6o were divided into two groups. Those who meditated and those who didn’t. The scientists measured the women’s health before and after the ceremonies. Health assessments were taken before the retreat, 5 days into it, a month after and 10 months later.
So how does meditation improve your health?
Each group experienced improvements in health. But the novice meditators who meditated showed more improvement than those who were just vacationing. The positive effects were directly related to depression and anxiety. After the study, it was clear that meditation had shown a very serious and positive impact on the participants.
Studies showed that while people are on vacation, their genes that are responsible for stress, are down regulated. The women that were in the retreat showed the genes MME and FOX03 were down regulated. This was the first time a study showed stress genes can be reduced with the right interactions.
Researchers identified the core reason for the stress reduction was meditation. They called it specifically the meditation effect. The meditation effect is where the regular meditators showed to have a distinctly unique gene pattern. They had different cellular functions than those who didn’t meditate.
The genes are responsible for aging. They also showed that the genes for anti-aging were actually increased within the routine meditators. An important fact they learned was that vacation in general produces the same effect. But sine vacation can’t be replicated, the effects are not long lasting.
You can’t sustain life by being on vacation all the time. On the other hand, meditation can be performed anywhere so it is sustainable. In fact, studies show that the more frequently you meditate, the more you benefit from the practice. And the benefits are cumulative, almost exponential in some cases. Basically, as long as you meditate on a regular basis, you’ll gain a stack of rewards from the practice.
Why is Meditation so Good for You?
Meditation is one of the most beneficial practices a person can participate in throughout their life. And the best part about meditation is you can do it anywhere. And you can do it anytime and without having to spend any money.
If you don’t know how to meditate, that’s OK. Meditation is simple, just start by relaxing in a secluded place where you won’t be disturbed. Sit upright but not tense, then take slow focused breaths down to the belly.
Focus on the air going in through your nose and out through your mouth. Allow your thoughts to come and then fall away. Perform this act for 15-20 minutes once a day. And do it consecutively for 21 days. You’ll likely see such great results you’ll do it for the rest of your life.