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You’ve had a stressful day and the drive home was challenging to your desire to be good in the world. When you finally get home, which choice are you most likely to make: grab a glass of grape-derived “medicine” and plop down in front of the news or take a seat on your meditation cushion and re-claim your mindfulness? Opting for meditation over marinating in stress hormones may help you to live longer and stronger and give you the ability to change your mind and your DNA.

The “fountain of youth” can flow when you are under the influence of mindfulness and a daily dose of “OM” can bring power to your practice and to your telomeres. Telomeres are sequences of DNA at the end of chromosomes and are considered an index of cell age (acting like a clock in the lifespan of a cell). The shorter these DNA “buffers” become, the shorter the life expectancy of our cells and the likelihood of a shorter life for you and I. Now rather than throwing in the towel and bellying up to a TV dinner in front of more bad evening news, take heart, take a “pranayamic” based breath and take a seat to turn the fate of your DNA and life in the direction of long and strong!

The first step to telomere recovery is to open your mind and remove your BUT(s). Look for any limiting beliefs you may have about your ability to be more proactive in managing your level of stress through a daily commitment to meditation. For example, BUT I am too busy, BUT I am too overwhelmed, BUT I am too…whatever. You can choose to be a positive stress management ninja by taking the “one seat” and move from being a mess to feeling blessed. You’ll enjoy more inspiration, motivation, greater leverage, less disease, more happiness, a longer life, beautiful skin, awesome heart health, greater passion, energy, Einsteinian mind and creativity, fulfillment and a good night’s sleep, to name a few “side effects”.166521182

How does a mindfulness practice effect telomeres and support a longer and more vital path in life? Research scientists from UC Davis saw that study participants who performed daily meditation had higher telomerase activity than non meditators. Telomerase is an enzyme that repairs, strengthens and lengthens telomeres. You will delight in knowing that the simple and powerful practice of meditation helps to bring greater resilience, purpose and meaning into life. Scientists believe that it is these “feelings” that help to buffer telomeres from the detrimental effects of stress to our DNA.

Take a breath and remember who you really are. Let go of the drama and choose to step up and sit down and allow yourself to feel peace, power and presence. Live light and shine bright!

IMG_7034e-5About: Dr. James Rouse is a naturopathic doctor and expert in functional and lifestyle medicine. An author of nine books, host and founder of Optimum Wellness Media, and Ironman triathlete, James has coached Fortune 50 and 500 companies, MLB and NFL teams, several branches of US Government and consults for companies including BackJoy, SKOOP and Kroger Grocery. He has shared his message to audiences in the US, Europe and Asia.