“Although not always highlighted in the West, prayer and devotion are a living stream in Buddhism. The earnest wishes expressed in the practices of lovingkindness and compassion—May I be happy, May You be free from suffering—are forms of prayer. The aspiration to find refuge in the Buddha (or Buddha “awakened” nature) is an expression of devotion to truth and freedom.”
A new study reports the first evidence of specific molecular changes in the body following a period of mindfulness meditation."Our genes are quite dynamic in their expression and these results suggest that the calmness of our mind can actually have a potential influence on their expression,"