Monday, July 4, 2016

How prayer and meditation can make you healthier

From Houston-

In 1975, Herbert Benson, M.D., a professor of medicine at The Harvard Medical School, published a national best-seller, "The Relaxation Response." In his book Benson described the effects of chronic stress on the human body and shared the many health benefits of taking 20 minutes a day to meditate and pray.

More than 3,000 articles have appeared in the medical literature on the subject, and these studies show a long list of health benefits. They include an improved sense of well-being, lowering of stress in the body, lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels, lower frequency of hospitalization, shorter hospital stays, lower incidence of suicide, and one's longevity is increase by an average of seven years.

How can spiritual practices make us healthier?

Extensive research reveals there is a complex connection between the mind, brain and body. What we think and the attitudes of our heart, our emotions, our beliefs, our doubts and fears — all have an impact on our body through the immune system which can be shut down by stress, anger or fear. Also, the release of certain neurotransmitters in the brain adversely affects organ and tissue function.

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