Saturday, January 26, 2013

Neoropasticity of the Brain: "Emotions Can Change Your DNA"

Here is an exert and a link from HeartMath showing research that supports the new findings of  brain neuroplasticity and tells us how to change our DNA by intentionally thinking thoughts that lead to positive emotions, i.e., coming from our hearts rather than our heads! 

Cell biologist Glen Rein … and IHM Research Director Rollin McCraty conducted a series of experiments in the early 1990s involving DNA and intentionally generated emotions. A decade later interest in these experiments persisted. After numerous requests, McCraty summarized their data and published the results of the research in 2003 in a brief report titled Modulation of DNA Conformation by Heart-Focused Intention.

"The results provide experimental evidence to support the hypothesis that aspects of the DNA molecule can be altered through intentionality," Rein and McCraty wrote. "To our knowledge, this study was the first to correlate specific electrophysiological modes with the ability to cause changes in a biological target (DNA) external from the body. The data indicate that when individuals are in a heart-focused, loving state and in a more coherent mode of physiological functioning, they have a greater ability to alter the conformation (shape or structure) of DNA."

Read the full article, "Emotions Can Change Your DNA":

HAPPINESS BRAIN TRAINING (based on  a teaching of Joan Borysenko)
So if you didn't get enough of the happiness gene, here is an exercise for you I have been using with clients. Each night before bed, think back through your day and try to remember one thing you were grateful for that day that you don't usually notice being grateful for. Bring the pleasant feelings back into your awareness and intentionally absorb them for a count of ten. If you commit yourself to this nightly ritual, you will begin to anticipate the question and start looking for unusual things to be grateful for throughout your day and consciously try to remember them. This builds the 'happiness muscle' in your brain--which the exercising of--produces 'happiness hormones'--that can change your entire reference point in life! 
May you be happy!

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