Maybe you've never tried meditation because you thought it's the stuff of hippies, or worst, something from the occult. Let me assure you nothing can be further from the truth. The truth is that your body was purposefully designed to enter a state of meditation. From your brain to your circulatory system, muscular system, nervous system, right down to the genes in your DNA, your whole body is finely tuned to benefit from the mental exercise.
More than any other topic facing humanity, I believe meditation is the singular most important above all. We take great strides in cultivating healthy bodies with exercise and diet, but few cultivate the inner workings of the mind which are generally left to the whims of the world.
When meditation is properly practiced we can rest in peace for a few minutes. This peaceful rest not only gives us the opportunity to see thoughts that cause negativity but to pluck them out of the garden. A good gardener can then go to work planting positive life-giving thought so it may spring to life.
Although meditation has been around for millennia and adopted by countless cultures and religions, it can be traced back as far as the third generation from Adam when "men began to chant the name of God" (Genesis 4:26) as a way of cultivating our mind and establishing a deep relationship with God.
As knowledge expanded about meditation new forms and religions emerged with the practice. The form or style of meditation you adopt is up to you, rest assured you don't need to practice any religion to receive the benefits. There are hundreds of well-documented studies that prove your body is designed to produce health from simple meditative silence.
People who meditate are generally happier than those who don’t. Meditation enhances the flow of constructive thought because brain chemistry is normalized with positive neurotransmitters when we sit still.
When it comes to managing stress, anxiety, and depression meditation has transformative power. A study conducted at the University of Wisconsin proved that meditation has positive effects on the brain and body. For example, researchers found that when meditation is consistently practiced the part of the brain that over stimulates stress and anxiety shrinks. They theorize that by just experiencing brain activity moment-by-moment without engagement, meditators train the mind to remain calm in all situations, even anxiety. The practice has a way of rewiring the brain for peace instead of stress.
Meditation is about developing a mindful existence. It's not about pushing an agenda or doctrine. It's about just being. Being love, peace, understanding, and in the moment, that's it. Without the wild shenanigans of an uncultivated mind, we can pursue the things that matter most to us.
Although contemplation is a key component of most religious meditations, you don’t have to any religion. However, in his book "The Relaxation Response" Dr. Herbert Benson highlights cases were meditation and faith play an important role in transforming people. Once the process starts in your mind it continues through your body. Eventually, it could manifest in your sleep habits.
If you’re one of those who just can't get a restful night of sleep, meditation just might be the solution. Harvard Health Blog confirms Dr. Herbert Benson's assertion that meditation triggers the relaxation response that helps people fall asleep sooner.
Apart from enhancing your happiness factor and improving your health, meditation develops the cognitive processes of your brain. That's right, being still (Psalm 46:10) actually advances your brain matter. Your memory, concentration, creativity, and ability to learn are all boosted when you meditate.
To get you started and keep you going on your meditative journey, start with our Guided Meditations here. God bless you. See you in the kingdom!