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Meditation Using Your Body And Brain

Meditation Using Your Body And Brain

There is constant two-way communication going on between your body and your brain. Do you remember a time when you may have thought of something that was just terrible or maybe you had a “sinking feeling” in your stomach area? That is the kind of communication that goes on between your brain and your body. Meditation can help relax your mind so it can help train your body to relax and your brain to be clear.

Recent research has found that not only does your brain communicate with your cells, but your cells will also communicate with your brain and also with other parts of your body. In fact, scientists have recently discovered that we think with not only our brains but our bodies as well. Meditation can help us to also understand our brain. It is not inaccurate to look at your entire body as being part of your brain.

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That may be a new fact that may startle you but do not reject it. Many scientists are now starting to believe that we are actually a “body-brain”.You can communicate with your body and brain through meditation. A key part of your body’s incredible communication system involves your cells’ receptors. This means every cell in your body can have millions of receptors on its face, and each cell has perhaps seventy different types of receptors.

Existence Of Receptors

While meditating as I learned more I discovered that in the early 1970s, Candace Pert, Ph. D., was the first scientist to prove the existence of these receptors with her own discovery of the opiate receptor. These receptor molecules float on the cell’s oily outer part of the membrane and also have roots that can reach deep inside the cell. I’m sure that Dr.Pert had to do a lot of meditation as she wrote her wonderful book The Molecules Of Emotion, Dr. Pert says that “the life of a cell, what it is up to at any moment, is determined by which receptors are on its surface, and whether those receptors are occupied by ligands or not.

A ligand is described as a small molecule that will bind itself to a cellular receptor. Still using meditation to keep my mind clear I learned that there are three chemical types of ligands. They are the neurotransmitters, the steroids, and the ones that we are most interested in at this time, the peptides. According to Dr.Pert, as many as 95 percent of all ligands may be peptides.

The receptors and their ligands have come to be seen as “information molecules’- the basic units of a language that are used by cells throughout the organism to communicate across systems such as the endocrine, neurological, gastrointestinal, and even the immune system.” I would say as much knowledge as Dr.Pert has on this subject meditation would be what kept her mind in focus.

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