Posted by: the warrioress | December 27, 2011

Prayer & the Brain

It’s just as I thought it would be….

National Day of Prayer

Prayer is beneficial to our brains and our lives. There are many wonderful effects that prayer brings to our physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health.  Advantages outweigh the disadvantages.

Prayer is good for us physically because it lowers stress, blood pressure, and centers or balances us. It’s akin to meditation in that it promotes calm and a soothing atmosphere. It doesn’t matter what belief system you’ve chosen either. The fact is that research shows that prayer is good for us.

We slow down and become still and quiet when we pray. We take time to know ourselves better and to develop a relationship with something greater, omnipotent, and more knowledgeable than ourselves. We are less inclined to emotional depression, anxiety, and other mental disorders. Prayer even helps restore memory and decrease  Alzheimer’s!  Prayer changes the brain, the research shows, for the better.

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What Prayer Does to Your Brain

Monday, 19 Dec 2011 05:14 PM

By S. A. Nickerson

Millions of Americans pray — and believe that prayer works.

In fact, one recent poll found that 84% of U.S. adults claim they’d prayed in the past week.

But many people believe that prayer has no scientific validity, and is only wishful or magical thinking.

The Newsmax Health team wanted to know the truth about prayer. Can modern science actually explain prayer? How does praying affect the brain? And what benefits, if any, does prayer really offer people … physically, mentally, or emotionally?

To this end, they went out to the scientific and medical community to learn the potential benefits of prayer. The results were so startling that they created a free video presentation on the scientific benefits of prayer to share exactly what they discovered.

Video: Prayer Changes Your Brain in 4 Astonishing Ways

This video reveals how prayer actually changes four distinct areas of the human brain: the frontal lobe, the anterior cingulate, the parietal lobe, and the limbic system.

It also details how a specific amount of prayer time per day can help prevent memory loss, mental decline, and even dementia or Alzheimer’s.

Plus, it covers 47 scientifically proven benefits of prayer, including pain relief, reduced risk of death from heart attack or stroke, lessened anxiety or depression, improved immune function, and more.

And last but not least, it warns of a specific prayer pitfall that can actually cause illness if care is not taken.

According to Travis Davis, Newsmax Health Publisher, this video does not promote any specific religion or spiritual practice, but it does shed light on a practice that 3 out of 4 Americans engage in on a regular basis — a practice basically ignored by the mainstream media.

As Davis notes, “Most people are not aware of the emerging field of neurotheology, the scientific study of the relationship between the brain and spiritual phenomena. We wanted to help introduce this groundbreaking scientific work to the public.”

http://www.newsmax.com/Newsfront/Scientific-benefits-prayer-works/2011/12/20/id/421663

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Responses

  1. You amaze me with your posts. Great work.

  2. People of faith have known this for centuries. Science is just catching up… :)

  3. Warrioress

    This is another topic we agree on: prayer is beneficial, in similar ways that meditation is beneficial.

    I would even suggest that someone who is prayed for might actually benefit from that prayer, provided they actually know that they were prayed for: it helps to know that people are thinking about you.

    My only concern about prayer (intercessory prayer in particular) is that people sometimes use it as a substitute for actually getting off their rear ends and helping people.

  4. Thanks, LeRoy. Glad you liked it. :)

  5. Well said, Ken! Thanks for stopping by. I hope your Christmas was fun.

  6. Wow.. we agree on this topic. I’m glad. Always glad to find places I agree with my “debating opponents.” ;) I hope your Christmas was enjoyable, Kpharri.

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  8. a recent article on prayer:

    http://ssrn.com/abstract=1992323


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