I read a great article recently by Michael Haederie titled Just Breathe: Confirming Meditation’s Benefits.  I even tweeted it because it is revolutionary in that it explains meditation through science. If you are a regular of my blog then you know I do not follow much of anything on blind faith. Even when it comes to concepts like God, Karma and the Afterlife, I feel science is very capable of explaining and even proving these concepts unlike religion that spews dogma and teaches blind faith. By the way, I am not an atheist…

A very comprehensive study led by neuroscientist Clifford Saron, meditation researcher Richard Davidson and psychologist Daniel Goleman (among other notables) was conducted and recently completed at UC Davis in California. It involved a study which monitored the brains, bodies, and behavior of 60 people over the course of several months. These 60 people had to meditate up to 7 hours a day and yes there was a control group used as a measurement of success or failure.

Heart rate, blood pressure, and muscle activity, among other things, were recorded during tasks. There were also 15 computer-based measurements of attention and emotional response, questionnaires on mood and experience, a daily meditation log, and extensive interviews conducted at all stages of the process. Blood samples were tested for telomerase, hormones such as oxytocin, vasopressin, and cortisol, and for several types of molecules called cytokines.

There is evidence that meditation can lengthen the DNA chromosomes tips called telomeres – this significantly increases longevity of life. In previous studies of child abuse where it is proven these DNA tips can be damaged and difficult to repair, the fact that meditation can repair these chromosome tips is paramount. Studies also showed a sharper sense of visual perception, greater fluidity in their emotional responses, stronger immune responses, less stress and more empathy for others.  Apparently we are just scratching the surface.

At some point I am sure they will find connections at the sub atomic level that may reinforce our relationship to quantum energy and how being mindful and rooted in the present stretches that gap between our thoughts. It is there in those illusive gaps that garners bliss, wisdom and enlightenment. In those gaps between our thoughts is the key to the next evolutionary step in human progress. Through meditation and mindfulness we are connecting to something authentic and sublime – something that we were intended to amplify, enjoy and live within.

The Responsive Universe is set for release within the next couple months (maybe sooner!) and within its pages will be nine valuable meditations and daily life practices designed to help you connect to the sublime. We all have an authentic purpose and meditation helps bring you closer to that purpose. If you do not meditate now, please start looking into starting your own practice. Your life will change – that I promise!

John C. Bader

www.responsiveuniverse.com

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