If you heard the words “meditation” or “mindfulness” years ago, you probably thought of yogis or Buddhist monks. Now, however, numerous scientific and clinical trials have taken Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) into 21st century of science.
I became curious about the science of meditation or “mindfulness” in 2009, together with the Lean philosophy. The Western adaptation of Lean is usually focused on the implementation of tools. Partially this is due to the fact that “tools” are easier to see and translate than philosophy. Being a scientist I had my fair share of skepticism of mindfulness. The scientific and clinical literature, however, leaves no doubt about physiological changes that can be achieved.
I hope that you’ve all had a chance to watch “The Big History Project” that I introduced in last month’s blog. If not, then please visit my previous blog and then come back to this space. I find this project immensely interesting, and not only in the way it applies to life, but also in the way it applies to how we utilise the build-up of generations of knowledge. It combines the concepts of metabolism (transfer of energy from surroundings to keep going), reproduction (produce copies for preservation), homeostasis (regulation and stability) and adaptation (changing over time). When I really think about it, it describes the Lean process that has evolved Ozgene over the past six years. Let me explain.
Have you heard of the Big History Project? No? Well, prepare to be enlightened then. Recently, I was introduced to this project and have since been fascinated with it. For this blog post, I’d like to introduce you all to the Big History Project. Then, once you’ve had a chance to explore it further on your own, I’ll follow up next month with how I see it applying to Ozgene.
Well, it’s done! The hippie hair is gone and I am now sporting a new bald look just as I turn over another year. I think everyone enjoyed watching the process. As you can see in the video, I think Jacqui had the most fun as she got to do the honours. Best of all, I managed to raise over $10,000 for the Leukaemia Foundation. What a great way to help advance humanity! I highly encourage everyone to try this some time.
The team at Ozgene has over two decades of experience creating customised knockout and knock-in mice for pivotal medical research globally. Over 300 scientific publications are based on research using Ozgene mice.