from a spiritual listserv I’m on – <firstname.lastname@example.org> this came in this morning… beautiful wisdom. (thank you to Gill for sharing and to Jon Kabat-Zinn and the Huffingtonpost for putting it out there…)
“live life as if it really mattered”
Posted by: “Gill E…”
Thu Oct 7, 2010 1:16 pm (PDT)
From an interview with Jon Kabat-Zinn on Living Mindfully in The Huffington Post:
…there’s never been a better moment for actually getting involved in your health and well being and health care, and that there are some very, very powerful ways of doing that, through the cultivation of mindfulness that can actually influence both your brain and your immune system, on the one hand, and also how your genes actually express themselves, on the other, as well as the rate at which we age.
So the evidence from science is showing that these meditative practices which are thousands of years old, if adopted in ways that are really common sensible, and that are universal, and don’t require you to become a Buddhist or change your belief systems or anything like that, but to just start paying attention in new and creative ways. That can actually lead to the transformation of your biology, of your brain — not just function, but structure of how genes are expressed and which genes get expressed.
But beyond all of that the most important thing is to live life as if it really mattered and to make maximum use of the moments that we have, especially since the extension of our lives is always uncertain, and so if we are taking care of the present moment in a certain kind of way, not only might it have an effect on our physical health, but it will also have an effect on our relationships, in our mental health and in our feelings of well being, that is really priceless.