For many decades the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has supported hundreds of studies in association with the National Institutes of Health on the health benefits of mindfulness meditation.
The studies conclude that meditation may help to normalize a variety of conditions, like high blood pressure, irritable bowel syndrome, and other physical conditions.
Additionally, a person's overall health improves when a few minutes a day is dedicated to quiet time.
A 2011 study shows that even brain matter thickens with just eight weeks of meditation causing people to think and learn better.
Today we know that health is due to positive genetic activity. According to Proverbs 4:22 health comes to those who internally cultivate God's word, and in John 14:23 Jesus says that anyone who "keeps" His word will receive an increase of God's presence. We can safely assume that if God's presence increases in us, we will physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually change.
In other words, our genetic activity changes due to God's increased presence in us which supports the health of mind, body, and soul. Bible instruction reveals far greater benefits than what scientist are discovering today, especially for those interested in the study and meditation of God's word.
Hebrews 11:1 says that faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. Now imagine sitting quietly, reducing the interruptions of the busy mind, then mindfully focusing on Jesus and the power of His words.
Whatever you hold true in your mind is what becomes real in your life, so if you hold thoughts of good health chances are your brain mind will produce the necessary chemistry to aid your health while your creative power will trigger ideas to support the vision of your good health.
For nearly a hundred years athletes have known about the power of the mind, and the person with the strongest vision and body is the one who wins. That's precisely what Christian mindfulness meditation is all about.
Mindfulness is about being fully aware of God's reality and that we exist in it. Much too often God's reality gets drowned by the things of life, so much that sometimes it's difficult to remember what God is like.
If you take a few moments just to breathe and to gently let go of all the stress, worry, concerns, and all the plans in mind, you will start to find the truth and peace you had as a child.
Jesus once said that the kingdom of God belongs to children. (Luke 18:16) A mind that is free to just "be" without clutter is allowed to "be" with Jesus. God's heavenly realm is within us, and we just need to set aside our busy lives to experience it temporarily. That's what Christian mindfulness delivers.
Once you reach a peaceful harmonious state with God, you begin to understand yourself and God better, and clarity of mind is all you need to start building a new life. Without the clutter, you can think and mentally see better. According to Jesus if you can think and see anything you want, and believe in it, you will receive it. (Matthew 21:21-22) Your health is no different.
If you can mentally let go of busyness for a few minutes a day to just be with Jesus you can mindfully become aware of the words, "Your faith has made you well." (Mark 5:34) Becoming mindfully aware of these words with all heart, soul, mind, and body for 10 to 20 minutes each day can do wonders for your mental health, and mental health translates into physical health.
For years I've taught that we are very good at creating and adopting physical health regimens and diets, but very few people create and adopt inner health regimens and diets, which is much more important.
The best mental exercise you can practice is faithful prayer, a prayer that is seen and substantially rehearsed in quiet time. The best diet for your spiritual body is the principles of God. Combine the two, and you will be a spiritual athlete that wins more often than not.
It's time to set aside worries, the feelings of lack, the concerns of what people might think or say, and just move ahead with your definite purpose or goal. If you don't start today, when will you?
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