DNA/being present...

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DNA/being present...

Postby appicchato » Tue Nov 27, 2012 12:08 am

If this topic has been broached in another thread, sorry...

http://preventdisease.com/news/12/11181 ... dium=email
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Re: DNA/being present...

Postby Billymac29 » Tue Nov 27, 2012 1:06 am

very interesting... thanks for sharing

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Re: DNA/being present...

Postby daverupa » Tue Nov 27, 2012 1:15 am

Since this study relied on self-reported attentional state, she said, further studies directly measuring presence and mind wandering will be needed.
    "And how is it, bhikkhus, that by protecting oneself one protects others? By the pursuit, development, and cultivation of the four establishments of mindfulness. It is in such a way that by protecting oneself one protects others.

    "And how is it, bhikkhus, that by protecting others one protects oneself? By patience, harmlessness, goodwill, and sympathy. It is in such a way that by protecting others one protects oneself.
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Re: DNA/being present...

Postby Sam Vara » Tue Nov 27, 2012 9:13 am

According to the findings, published online in the new Association for Psychological Science journal Clinical Psychological Science, those who reported more mind wandering had shorter telomeres, while those who reported more presence in the moment, or having a greater focus and engagement with their current activities, had longer telomeres, even after adjusting for current stress.


Due to the shortness of my telomeres, my mind wanders all over the place rather than the present moment. "What did I do in the past that made them so short? What can I do in the future to mitigate the damage?"
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Re: DNA/being present...

Postby appicchato » Tue Nov 27, 2012 9:33 am

Sam Vara wrote:Due to the shortness of my telomeres, my mind wanders all over the place...


You're not alone...it's a miracle I have any at all (if I, indeed, do), never mind their length...
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Re: DNA/being present...

Postby Dan74 » Tue Nov 27, 2012 10:09 am

Sam Vara wrote:
According to the findings, published online in the new Association for Psychological Science journal Clinical Psychological Science, those who reported more mind wandering had shorter telomeres, while those who reported more presence in the moment, or having a greater focus and engagement with their current activities, had longer telomeres, even after adjusting for current stress.


Due to the shortness of my telomeres, my mind wanders all over the place rather than the present moment. "What did I do in the past that made them so short? What can I do in the future to mitigate the damage?"


Well, there is a well-known process that solves the telomere problem by replenishing them, making cells essentially immortal. It is called cancer.
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Re: DNA/being present...

Postby Sam Vara » Tue Nov 27, 2012 11:20 am

Dan74 wrote:
Sam Vara wrote:
According to the findings, published online in the new Association for Psychological Science journal Clinical Psychological Science, those who reported more mind wandering had shorter telomeres, while those who reported more presence in the moment, or having a greater focus and engagement with their current activities, had longer telomeres, even after adjusting for current stress.


Due to the shortness of my telomeres, my mind wanders all over the place rather than the present moment. "What did I do in the past that made them so short? What can I do in the future to mitigate the damage?"


Well, there is a well-known process that solves the telomere problem by replenishing them, making cells essentially immortal. It is called cancer.


Hmmm.....

Would I get a few months of really firm mindfulness? How does that compare with a few years of mental wandering?

Choices, choices...
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