Saturday, November 6, 2010

The Benefits of Meditation and the Power of Prayer

The Benefits of Meditation and the Power of Prayer
The brain waves of meditators show why they're healthier. Neuroscientists have found that meditators shift their brain activity to different areas of the cortex - brain waves in the stress-prone right frontal cortex move to the calmer left frontal cortex. This mental shift decreases the negative effects of stress, mild depression and anxiety. There is also less activity in the amygdala, where the brain processes fear.
By Colin Allen, published on April 01, 2003, Psychology Today

Prayer, like meditation, influences our state of mind, which, in turn, influences our "state of body". It reduces the experience of anxiety, elevates a depressed mood, lowers blood pressure, stabilizes sleep patterns and impacts autonomic functions like digestion and breathing. Further, in influencing our state of body-mind, prayer and meditation also influence our thinking. This prompts a shift in the habits of the mind, and, subsequently, patterns of behavior. These changes, in turn and over time, induce changes in the brain, further influencing our subjective and objective experience of the world and how we participate in it.

By Michael J. Formica, MS, MA, EdM, Psychology Today

The Power of Gemstone Meditation Sets and Prayer Beads
The inherent powers of gemstones are recognized by modern science in the technological uses of crystals in watches, lasers, and computers.
These gemstones provide a “focus point” for your awareness, thus allowing the mind to be still and silent, calming the emotions. Through meditation we can reach heightened states of awareness and bring balance to the mind, body, spirit connection.

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