It’s seven in the morning on the beach in Santa Monica, California.
A few meters back from the water’s edge, a handful of people sit cross-legged: members of a local Buddhist center about to begin an hour-long silent meditation.
Such spiritual practices may seem a world away from biomedical research, with its focus on molecular processes and repeatable results. Yet just up the coast, at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), a team led by a Nobel Prize-winning biochemist is charging into territory where few mainstream scientists would dare to tread. Whereas Western biomedicine has traditionallyshunned the study of personal experiences and emotions in relation to physical health, these scientists are placing state of mind at the center of their work. They are engaged in serious studies hinting that meditation might — as Eastern traditions have long claimed — slow aging and lengthen life.
I – Word Understanding
meditation – the act of spending time in quiet thought
biomedicine – relates to the ability of humans to cope up with environmental stress
shunned – ignored or rejected
II – Have Your Say
When you meditate, you clear away the information overload that builds up every day and contributes to your stress. Benefits include:
* Management / reduction of stress
* Self awareness
* Reduce negative emotions
* May help manage symptions of some health/mental conditions
2. Secrets to fight aging:
*Stop eating so much to lower production of thyroid hormone T3
*Use your brain
*Pour yourself some red wine
*Lose some belly fat, it can triple the rist for dementia
*Eat more plants