The Whys and Hows of Prayer and Meditation

Why Prayer or Med­i­ta­tion is Impor­tant to Your Health

Prayer and med­i­ta­tion are both excel­lent ways to lower your stress level. Peo­ple who med­i­tate reg­u­larly age bet­ter, live longer, and han­dle adver­sity bet­ter. Prayer and med­i­ta­tion fos­ter a sense of belong­ing and con­nec­tion to some­thing big­ger than one­self. Through prayer or med­i­ta­tion, one can detox­ify the body and rid the mind of toxic thoughts.

Hin­drances to Prayer and Meditation

There are a myr­iad of dis­trac­tions that can detract from the qual­ity of your prayer or med­i­ta­tion. Some­times, they can keep you from pray­ing or med­i­tat­ing alto­gether. Dis­tract­ing thoughts can keep you from the proper con­cen­tra­tion needed. Noise can be dis­rup­tive as you try to quiet down your mind. Fam­ily and work respon­si­bil­i­ties can leave you with lit­tle time to pray or meditate.

Ben­e­fits of Prayer and Meditation

  • Reduced stress
  • Lower blood pressure
  • Decreased risk of heart disease
  • Bet­ter con­trol of thoughts
  • Increased con­cen­tra­tion and creativity
  • Increased learn­ing and memory
  • Decreased risk of anx­i­ety and depression
  • Deeper rest, eas­ier breathing

Tips for Bet­ter Prayer or Meditation

  • Set aside a spe­cial time and place to pray or meditate
  • Min­i­mize inter­rup­tions (Turn off your phone, tell friends and fam­ily you’re not to be dis­turbed, etc.)
  • Select a com­fort­able pos­ture or body position
  • Give your­self plenty of time (You may stress out or for­get things if you’re in too much of a hurry.)
  • Pray or med­i­tate aloud (This forces you to really think about what you’re going to say.)
  • Be per­se­ver­ing. Have patience. (It may take time for you to really get it.)