Lately, much has been written about the Massachusetts General Hospital findings that meditation can have a positive effect on your brain in as little as eight weeks. While this idea isn’t novel information to a seasoned meditator, it is revolutionary in that it brings science into the equation. Now having a true scientific marker (in the form of brain scans) as to how a meditation practice can influence the brain’s grey matter, the time is coming when we will see how a simple practice of mindfulness can in turn affect a persons genes and ultimately their health and well being.
Deepak Chopra, in a SF Gate article, explores the impact of these findings. Raising the belief that we are moving toward a time when we will be able to see how a person’s awareness controls and balances every bodily process, Chopra enthusiastically foresees more personal control when it comes happiness and an individual’s destiny.
The old phrase, “biology is destiny,” will have to be seriously re-examined. A good replacement would be “consciousness is destiny,” which is the guiding reason that meditation arose in the first place. I foresee enormous opportunities for personal freedom here. Instead of being dictated to by your genes and chemical processes in the brain, it may turn out that you are the author of your own life, capable of change, healing, creativity, and personal transformation. Who wouldn’t want to be free to write the program that runs brain and body? Such has been the spiritual promise for thousands of years. It’s time that modern society woke up and realized that the promise still holds good.
Read more from Chopra on the power of these findings here.