If you want to achieve maximum health and wellness there are a few things you need to do everyday and one of them is prayer and/or meditation. Prayer is the most widespread alternative therapy in America today. Over 85% of people confronting a major illness pray, according to a University of Rochester study. That is far higher than taking herbs or pursuing other nontraditional healing modalities. And increasingly the evidence is that prayer works.
The relationship between prayer and health has been the subject of scores of double-blind studies over the past few decades. Dr. Herbert Benson, a cardiovascular specialist at Harvard Medical School and pioneer in the field of mind/body medicine discovered what he calls “the relaxation response,” which occurs during periods of prayer and meditation. At such times, the body’s metabolism decreases, the heart rate slows, blood pressure goes down, and our breath becomes calmer and more regular.
What actually happens when you pray or meditate?
When you meditate or pray, the activity of your brain moves from the right frontal cortex (where street lives) to the calm left frontal cortex. The resultant feeling of relaxation slows down your breathing. When you breath 6 breaths a minute, your breath becomes aligned with rhythms in the heart, and this is good for cardiovascular health.
Excuse me now I must get my meditation in (ha, ha)….