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Saturday, November 6, 2010

Spiritual & Cellular Health

"Seek to please Me above all else...in everything, not just in major decisions... When My Presence is your deepest delight, you know almost instinctively what will please Me...(and you will) make the right choice." (325)
When it comes to discerning God's Will in some decision that I need counsel on, I will seek out those who have a track record of faithfulness in their spiritual journey. Faithfulness, demonstrated by those who "strive to please (God) in everything" is an underlying theme in Psalm 37. Verse 3 says, "Trust in the Lord and do what is good; dwell in the land and live securely (cultivating faithfulness.)" Then, it continues, through verse 40, to describe the way of the faithful; those who live securely. It's reassuring to know that in this uncertain world, God's faithful ones can "live securely."
I was doing research yesterday on telomerase, an enzyme known for its role in the long-term health of individual cells in our bodies. Elizabeth Blackburn, professor of biology and physiology at UCSF, shared the 2009 Nobel Prize for medicine because of her collaborated work in discovering telomeres and telomerase, which are sequences of DNA at the end of chromosomes that tend to get shorter every time a cell divides. When telomeres drop below a critical length, the cell can no longer divide properly and will eventually die, critically compromising the reproduction of healthy cells in our bodies, thus impacting our ability to handle physical and psychological stress constructively. Telomeres are essential to maintaining well-being and our ability to cope.
My interest was piqued when I read how current research is revealing that meditation helps to increase levels of this valuable enzyme,telomerase, thus increasing one's health, longevity and immune cells.
Faithfulness, as noted in Psalm 37, encourages meditative activities such as prayer, applying scripture, engaging in worship and trusting in the Lord. Seeking after God can increase our sense of well-being, our sense of purpose and subsequently strengthen our physical bodies.
Certain that Seeking God is the Right Choice at All Times...dmc
(Source: University of California – Davis, 11.05.2010)

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