Meditation could prolong your life without exercise. A study by Nobel Prize winning researcher Elizabeth Blackburn and others show that some forms of meditation might slow down the cellular aging process. Blackburn and colleagues won the Nobel Prize in Medicine in 2009 for their work on telomeres, which sit at the ends of our chromosomes. Stress exposure and depression can shrink telomere length, which promotes physical aging.
Blackburn’s more recent work shows that mindful meditation transforms stressful experiences into challenging ones and positive states of mind. As a result, we create more of the enzyme telemarese, which keeps our telomeres from shrinking and possibly prolongs our lives.