Sometimes we are under the impression that we are born with certain unchangeable characteristics (physical health, emotional/mental wellbeing, longevity, etc.) Things that we are not in control of, things we believe we can not change or improve. But what if that was all an illusion?
Today, I came across a study, The SBTI Initiative (Self Directed Biological Transformation Initiative). This study is utilizing leaders in science to qualify claims that 'ancient practices for wellbeing; including meditation, yoga and specific herbs, can improve health and promote longevity.'
The study focuses on our potential as individuals to directly affect our genetic makeup (DNA), based on our lifestyle choices and reactions to life events. Here's a few excerpts to get you started... the link to the full article is located at the end of the blog.
- "The study of changes in gene activity, not only based on DNA sequence, but also on life experiences -- epigenetics -- shows that a person's experience may directly affect their DNA.
- Our conscious choices and reactions to life experiences remodel the neural circuitry of our brains.
- Self-directed = Voluntary activity in your thoughts, feelings, habits, and desires. This is the realm of personal choice.
- Biological = Effects at every level of the mind-body system, including reactions by your genetic material.
- Transformation = Major shifts in cellular activity leading to physiological changes.
- The potential for self-directed transformation is available to everyone. The platform includes yoga and meditation, exercise for strength, agility, endurance and play, a balanced farm-to-table and Mediterranean diet, good sleep, and stress reduction. These are well-established ways to improve bodily function. By opening up the genetic doorway to consciousness, however, we take a leap forward. For example, recent studies indicate that meditation can have a strong effect on the length of chromosome telomeres, the nucleotide sequences that protect chromosomes from the deterioration linked to aging. That these beneficial effects occur immediately indicates just how responsive genetic activity is to mind-body interventions -- something never previously suspected."
It's fun to imagine what we are capable of by rewiring our genetic makeup! Happy Monday Y'all!