Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Genetic Thinking - Living each day to the fullest

Dr. Kazuo Murakami is Professor Emeritus at Tsukuba University, one of Japan’s leading universities. In 1983 he succeeded in decoding the human renin gene, a key factor in hypertension, for which he won international acclaim.

For many years, genes have been thought of in fatalistic terms, as in “you can’t do anything about it because it’s in your genes.” Recent studies on genetic engineering have uncovered the fact that the function of genes changes according to surrounding environments and stimulation, and dormant genes actually have the potential to wake up. Kazuo Murakami explains that the function of our genes is affected by our thoughts and emotions. He believes that humans have the capacity to bring forth their talents at any age, and if we observe nature from a positive perspective, our inherent abilities will come forth. How can we activate the good genes and switch off the bad genes? Only about 5-10 percent of our genes are working at one time, and Murakami believes that “genetic thinking,” or living each day to the fullest with a positive outlook enables us to experience happiness, joy, inspiration, and thankfulness, all of which activate beneficial genes. In fact, Murakami’s research showed that twenty-three valuable genes are activated by laughter alone.

What we think affects how our genes work. For example, people who see themselves as failures often produce poor results. Negative factors such as anxiety, stress, sadness, fear, and pain will deactivate our valuable genes, while positive factors such as joy, excitement, belief, and prayer activate them. Dr. Murakami explains that in order to learn to activate our good genes we should :

Expose ourselves to different environments. When we reach a dead end, we should be daring and change our surroundings which stimulates good genes and unlocks our potential.

Practice positive thinking. This is a key factor in slowing our natural movement toward disorganization and decay. Good genes work hard to take this process of entropy and direct it toward order. Positive thinking also includes seeing the bigger picture and positively interpreting what happens to us in life.
Be profoundly moved and deeply inspired on a regular basis. Pursuing activities and relationships that inspire sincere emotion from the depths of our heart.

Expose ourselves to new information obtained directly through personal communication. Meet people for lunch, ask questions, network, and share stories. Talking to experts in our areas of interest is a great way to turn on good genes

Practice “Give and Give.” This is giving simply to give—not consciously expecting something in return, yet gaining happiness and contentment through ones actions. Those feelings activate our good genes.

Intentionally put ourselves in a tight spot. Sometimes to tap our potential we must drive ourselves into a corner. This is introducing risk into ones life, a factor that compels us to strive even harder to reach our goals.

Follow our intuition. This can lead to positive results, and good genes are activated in a crisis.

Live up to our potential. Examine what conditions are preventing us from realizing greater potential, remove the obstacles, provide an appropriate environment, and the potential for development is limitless.

Shift our way of thinking. Negative thinking violates the laws of nature. When our genes are in harmony with the laws of nature, they work to protect and nurture life and rejoice in it. Look more closely at nature and strive to live in harmony with its laws. Keep your intentions noble, live with an attitude of thankfulness, and think positively.

Take bold steps. Recombining yourself in response to changes in the environment activates the good genes.

Article taken from the Net

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