I recently read an article on how a few minutes of daily meditating does your DNA good. This is very interesting to me because I have autoimmune diseases throughout my family, and if you dig deep into autoimmune, you may have a strain of it as well in your family. The NIH (National Institutes of Health) estimates that up to 23.5 million Americans suffer from autoimmune disease and that the prevalence is rising.
New studies on meditation show that if you engage in regular meditation on a daily basis it “creates change on a cellular level, essentially turning on clusters of ‘good’ genes that make us healthier, while turning off clusters of ‘bad’ genes that lead to disease.”
“’The fact that we were able to see changes in gene expression patterns in the blood after a simple change in behavior is pretty spectacular,’ says one of the study authors, John Denninger, MD, PhD, director of research at Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital and an instructor in psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. ‘While the findings are still preliminary, meditation and similar techniques may make changes in gene expression that bring biological systems into better balance, which ultimately leads to a healthier system.’”
Over the years I have written many pieces on the importance of stillness, mindfulness, prayer, and intentional focus. I even have a free e-series on visualization you can download. The key is to take the time to connect to your spirit – to your authentic self. You are meant to be whole and perfect – remember? We are a perfect likeness of God. Perfect DNA.
I AM THAT I AM. Exodus 3:14
Why not try these 3 easy steps right now to start meditating?
1. FOCUS ON YOUR BREATH
Close your eyes or softly gaze straight ahead, breathing in and breathing out.
2. CHOOSE A MANTRA
Select one word or phrase, called a mantra, to repeat and focus on during meditation. An ideal mantra contains only a few words or syllables, for easy repetition.
3. CLEAR YOUR MIND
When the thoughts or feelings train is moving into your mind, simply notice them without judgment and return to your breath as it passes on through.
Peace to you and happy meditating!