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Meditation, Prayer and Yoga… New Study Just Released!
Good morning! I want to share something exciting with you this week: A new study from Harvard confirms that prayer, meditation and yoga can rebuild the brain’s grey matter in just eight weeks. It’s the very first study to document that meditation produces such changes.
When it comes to “prayer” or “distant healing” — directing human attention on physical systems — significant results warrant further investigation. Scientists at the Heart Math Institute have demonstrated that when a person is feeling really good and is full of positive emotions such as love, gratitude and appreciation, his/her heart beats out a different message that’s encoded in its electromagnetic field which, in turn, has positive overall health effects.
Meditation, yoga and prayer are all grouped into a category the medical community calls “relaxation-response techniques.” Studies show that these techniques directly affect physiologic factors such as heart rate, blood pressure, stress, anxiety, oxygen consumption and more.
Based on data from 4,000 people who participated in the BHI Relaxation Response Resiliency Program over the past eight years, and comparing it with 14,000 participants engaging in the relationship program, there was an average reduction of 43% in regular healthcare services in the year following their participation in the project.
Something to Think About
Herbert Benson, founder and director emeritus of the BHI and co-author of the current study, had this to say: “I think of it this way: There are many gates to wellness, but not everyone is ready to walk through a particular gate at a given time. From a public health perspective, it is better to be prepared to offer these tools to people in their customary settings than to wait for them to seek out these interventions. For that reason, we feel that mind-body interventions – which are both low-cost and essentially risk-free – should perhaps be incorporated into regular preventive care.” Ask yourself: Are you willing to walk through that gate?
This is a special and important message for those you love. Grey matter contains most of the brain’s neuronal cell bodies. It includes regions of the brain involved in muscle control and sensory perception such as seeing and hearing, memory, emotions, speech, decision-making and self-control. Do you know someone suffering in any of these areas? With meditation, yoga and/or prayer, they can start to see improvement in just eight weeks. That’s amazing!
Words of Wisdom
“Your worst enemy cannot harm you as much as your own thoughts, unguarded.” – Buddha
“It feels good. Kinda like when you have to shut your computer down, just sometimes when it goes crazy, you just shut it down and when you turn it on, it’s okay again. That’s what meditation is to me.” – Ellen DeGeneres
“You should sit in meditation for twenty minutes a day, unless you are too busy — then you should sit for an hour.” – Author Unknown
“Prayer is when you talk to God; meditation is when you listen to God.” – Author Unknown
“Quiet the mind, and the soul will speak.” – Ma Jaya Sati Bhagavati