In The Soul|Body Connection, Anne Harrington states in her article, 2012 Guide to Spirituality & Health states, “We’ve seen the headlines: The past two decades have seen an escalating number of studies offering evidence for the health benefits of religious practice and spirituality. This evidence in turn is leading to a growing awareness that medical science and religion now have a basis for a new and progressive partnership, in which medicine becomes more spiritual, and religion gains new utility and status in the scientific world.”
Regardless of your religious affiliation, most of us recognize that we have a deeper part of ourselves. Some call it “spirit,” “higher self,” “inner child,” or countless other names. It doesn’t matter what we call it, what matters is that we acknowledge and nurture it.
Some benefits of prayer and meditation are:
- improved mood
- speed recovery
- reduced stress
- reduced anxiety and depression
- decrease negative effects of disease
Researchers at San Francisco State University found that money spent on experiences with other people produced a greater sense of happiness and sense of social connectedness than money spent on material items.
You don’t need to go to church to reap the benefits of prayer. There is no right or wrong way to pray. Simply get quiet and allow yourself to make a connection with something larger than yourself. Some people refer to prayer as meditation with words.
Tension in the mind becomes tension in the body. And that, sadly, causes dis-ease, which becomes disease in our bodies. I have reached my most relaxed state by using yoga and music in a dimly lit room. Take at least 15 minutes to quiet your inner chatter, and stay relaxed 15 minutes more. Learn about relieving stress here.
Your body is a self-healing instrument, if you give it a chance. It is genetically pre-programmed to heal itself. There are many paths to healing, but the common denominator in the vast majority of approaches is that it heals itself most effectively in a state of deep relaxation.
There are many ways of praying. People over the globe have their own way of praying. Some raise prayer flags, some float a candle on the water, or light a candle for their loved ones. Some use rosary beads.
It has been proven that Prayer is very effective treatment.