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Taming the Monkey Mind—How Meditation Affects Your Health and Wellbeing

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  • Your DNA interfaces with elements in your environment and your conscious behavior, and dictates your actual gene expression
  • The relaxation response is a physical state of deep rest that changes physical and emotional responses to stress; decreasing heart rate, blood pressure, rate of breathing, and muscle tension
  • Genetic study of eight-week and long-term meditators has demonstrated evidence of changes to gene expression as a result of the relaxation response
  • One theory is that NF-kappa B gene sets may be the messenger between psychological and physical stress wherein the body translates worry into inflammation
  • Mindfulness training can help you achieve undistracted focus as well as reduce stress induced inflammation

By Dr. Kelly Brogan

I have a monkey mind. As a mother, wife, physician, writer, educator, and to-do-list-completer, I recommend that anyone enter my mental space with caution. Even if I played none of these roles, and was charged with sitting under a palm tree and relaxing, that chattering racket of a mind would follow me there.

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