Meditation offer many health benefits
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Three health benefits of prayer and meditation

If you want to achieve optimum health, you should exercise daily, consume healthy foods and meditate.


Meditation offer many health benefits
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In 1975, Herbert Benson, M.D., a medicine professor at The Harvard Medical School, published a national best-seller, The Relaxation Response. In his book, Benson explained the impact of chronic stress on the human body and discussed the many health benefits of taking 20 minutes of meditation and prayer a day.

More than 3,000 publications have appeared on the topic in the scientific literature, and these studies show a long list of health benefits. People who followed these guidelines, have an improved sense of well-being, shorter hospital stays, lower incidence of suicide, and an average of seven years of survival is increased.

The benefits of prayer and meditation

People who prayed or meditated not only displayed decreased stress for at least two weeks but also had a stronger immune system, better sleep patterns, improved heart rate and lower blood pressure. Studies also found that, before consuming a meal, prayer enhances digestion, and before eating those who prayed or meditated were less likely to consume toxins.

“Prayer and meditation are highly effective in lowering our reactivity to traumatic and negative events,” says Dr. Paul Hokemeyer, a marriage, family and addictions therapist.

“A lot of times prayer becomes a marker for distress or even greater physical illness because it’s during those times that people turn to prayer for comfort,” said Dr. Harold Koenig, director of the Center for Spirituality, Theology and Health at Duke University, and author of Religion and Mental Health: Research and Clinical Applications.

Praying can improve mental health

Some studies have shown benefits to the person praying — whether they pray for someone else or themselves. This may be attributed to the impact the act of prayer has on the mental well-being of an individual. Prayer may also have similar effects on mental health as meditation and yoga, which translate into physical effects.


The resulting relaxing sensation slows down your breathing when meditating. When you take six breaths per minute, your breath aligns with the heart’s rhythms and this is good for cardiovascular health.

Brain stimulation

Some mental benefits include enhanced creativity, decreased anxiety and depression, improved learning and memory, and enhanced emotional health and satisfaction.

You will achieve a greater understanding of your purpose in this life by spending some time in personal contemplation and you will be better able to appreciate all that has been entrusted to you, both good and bad.

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