We know that stress is a factor in illness. Research shows that high levels of unmanaged stress over a long stretch of time contribute to serious illness, including cancer. We’re not talking about a bad day; we’re talking about many months or years of toxic levels of unmanaged stress.
Research from OSU Medical School has shown relaxation to help rebalance the immune response. A balanced immune system and practicing inner calm go hand in hand to help prevent cancer. The key word here is practicing inner calm. Of course, we can’t be calm all the time, but making time each day to create inner calm certainly helps the body and mind rebalance. After a while, we achieve a greater sense of calm, even in difficult situations. Research recently showed that making time daily for breath mediation – sitting quietly, taking normal breaths, repeating a mantra (positive word or short phrase) on the out breaths for 10 minutes, followed by 10 minutes of imagery focused on re-experiencing a time when you felt well and vibrant – has powerful and positive effects on your brain and body. Over several months, this tandem meditation actually alters genetic expression: Turning on genes that help prevent cancer and shutting off genes that fuel cancer. Another benefit, with a few weeks of practice, is your ability to re-wire the brain to be more discriminating about what is actually really stressful. This ability will help reduce the amount and frequency of stress hormones released into your bloodstream. This in turn helps you remain calmer, more often. Try it! It gets easier with practice and you’ll begin noticing the benefits in just a few days.