Age-related decline of white-matter tissue is considerably reduced in active meditation practitioners.
UCLA Research Report
Are you looking for the fountain of youth?
We are a conglomeration of 50 trillion different cells, all of them in a constant stream of replacement. Some cells regenerate every few weeks, others every few months, and some every few years. And approximately every eight years, every single cell in your body is replaced with a new one!
This process can take place under conditions of harmony, or imbalance. Unfortunately, cellular repair is one of the critical functions to get shut down when we are under a stress response, and due to the regular levels of intermittent stressors in our lives, we find our cellular repair and replacement is often below par.
The stress hormone cortisol also ages the brain. As a result, our bodies and brains are ageing at a faster rate than they would if they were subject to more background bliss and less background stress.
How does Vedic meditation help?
As stated by Dr Dharma Singh Khalsa, the founding president and medical director of the Alzheimer’s Research and Prevention Foundation:
“Meditation lowers blood pressure and other markers of ageing including MVO2 or oxygen demand. It enhances psychological wellbeing, perhaps the most significant determinate of telomere length (telomeres are the end cap of our DNA), which is a very important marker of ageing and longevity: longer telomeres = less illness + longer life.”
What’s more, Vedic meditation doesn’t just slow the ageing process down.
For the first five years of practising Vedic meditation, the biological ageing process completely stops and for most people actually goes into reverse.
The largest ever study done on meditation involved 4,000 participants, and the results were a very conclusive eight-year average reduction in biological age over the five-year study period.
Normally, our cells tend to reproduce as accurate facsimiles of the incumbents. What the studies suggest is that the memory within the cellular DNA is somehow reawakened and re-enlivened by the process of meditation. Conditions are then ripe for our cells to begin replicating in a much more optimal fashion.
The upshot is that our biological age will actually fall for the first few years of meditating even as the number of candles increases.
But rather than going all Benjamin Button, an elegant ageing process begins and we find our rate of ageing then proceeds at a much more natural and sedate pace, setting us up for a glorious sunset stage of life.
One week, two weeks, and three weeks on and meditating twice a day, I am still feeling as though I am on a blissful island, surrounded by the torrents of modern day life…my taste, vision and memory are back and I am waking up in the morning with a smile…and I feel as though I have dropped into my body 20 years younger. Amazing! And the practice is effortless.
Mathilda, Writer, Tunbridge Wells