Surrendering to God and making peace with your anxiety is a concept used in everyday Christian meditation. Although it may sound counter intuitive, or even ridiculous, to surrender to God rather than working on your anxiety there's plenty scientific data to show that by just simply "letting go" one can achieve the most peace.
The process of surrendering in Christian meditation means that you are letting your anxiety be whatever it wants to be while you focus, and ultimately let go of everything in God. This process allows a person to simply experience anxiety for brief periods of time which gives a person the opportunity to habituate to the symptoms. This is very similar to a person with a toothache that simply lives with it. Eventually, the pain takes backstage and becomes virtually nonexistent.
Habituation means that the brain gets used to fear, therefore its strength to affect us decreases. Habituation helps to build mental and emotional tolerance while raising the stress threshold.
And letting go, or surrendering, to God while you meditate means that you are allowing a much greater power than yourself to aid you. Using this method means you don't have to fight anymore, so put your weapons down.
This is akin to the following scripture:
"Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil;
For You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me." Psalm 23:4
Consequently, anxiety gives up and has less power over you, while God and His authority has more. That also means the anxious psychology disappears which produces better mental health.
Although the benefits of Christian meditation reap spiritual and psychological rewards we can do more to enhance its benefits. Sleep is most overlooked in the mental health arena. While diet and exercise usually take center stage, sleep has the hidden power to heal in many ways.
How Sleep Affects Your Psychology
Did you know that people who go to bed later tend to experience more repetitive negative thinking than those who sleep earlier? And that those who go to sleep later also become more overwhelmed with negative thoughts than those who keep a regular sleeping schedule.
Here's a couple more facts...
People who experience repetitive negative thought typically feel they have less control over their mind. Additionally, poor sleeping habits can lead to excessive worry that can interrupt daily thought, which can result in a higher propensity to anxiety, depression, OCD, and social anxiety disorder.
In a new scientific study titled Duration and Timing of Sleep are Associated with Repetitive Negative Thinking, published in the journal Cognitive Therapy and Research, Professor Meredith E. Coles, the study’s co-author, said:
“If further findings support the relation between sleep timing and repetitive negative thinking, this could one day lead to a new avenue for treatment of individuals with internalizing disorders.
Studying the relation between reductions in sleep duration and psychopathology has already demonstrated that focusing on sleep in the clinic also leads to reductions in symptoms of psychopathology.”
So, you might try adding a good sleep habit to your Christian meditation practice. Science has shown that going to bed between 8 PM and midnight is a good for your health, with the hour between 9 PM and 10 PM as ideal. Every hour of sleep before midnight is worth two after midnight. And sleeping 7 to 8 hours is also an ideal range to trigger all the natural healing powers of your body, including increased cognitive abilities.
Now you have one more tactic to add to your pursuit of a happy healthy life. God bless you. See you in the kingdom.
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