Epigenetics is the science of genetic changes in gene expression or cellular phenotype caused by mechanisms other than changes in the underlying DNA sequence. Examples of the chemistry of such changes might be DNA methylation or histone deacetylation, both of which serve to suppress gene expression without altering the sequence of the silenced genes. In simple terms, it’s the science of why two people with the same DNA can have such different states of health, and can act, feel, and perform so much differently.
Epigenetic signals come from our environment, and include such as: toxic chemicals, food, survival threats, exercise and even from our mind, as beliefs and perceptions. A common epigenetic signal is anxiety, which can range from acute to chronic.
It has long been known that anxiety reduction is one of the most important factors for a long, healthy and happy life. But what is not generally known is that anxiety comes in an acute and chronic state. Most of us are aware when we are in an acute state of anxiety, and our ‘flight or fight’ syndrome kicks in and stress hormones adjust our biology to meet the perceived threat. As the threat dissipates our homeostasis starts to return. This, calming process can be accelerated by exercising the epigenetic signals that effect our ‘relaxation response’.
Unfortunately, what is not commonly known is that the body can be in a state of chronic anxiety without our conscious mind being aware of it. Generally we operate in our unconscious state of mind, which consists of our genetic code and life experiences. Our unconscious mind communicates with us as the ‘voice in our head’, a constant noise about the worries of the past and the fears of the future, thus keeping us in a chronic state of anxiety. Since this is considered the ‘norm’ in our over active, highly competitive culture, we are unaware of its damaging effects. This anxiety effect of our unconscious mind has long been the concern of spiritual teachers such as Buddha and Jesus as they taught about the damaging suffering of worry, desire and fear.The ‘antidote’ for chronic anxiety is living in the ‘present’ in our conscious mind, where worry and fear cannot exist. The way to peace is to practice epigenetic exercises for developing more consciousness which dilutes both acute and chronic anxiety. There a number of such exercise that have been long taught, but a set of more modern efficient modalities are shown in the happiness program section of www.happinessgenes.com