Many people practice meditation or prayer as way to help them relax and feel at peace. But what even the most devout meditator may not know is that both meditation and prayer have scientifically proven health benefits. If you don’t participate in either of these practices, you’ll surely want to give it a try once you read about the ways they help your brain—and even your physical appearance.
When you meditate or pray, the activity of your brain moves from the right frontal cortex (where stress lives) to the calm left frontal cortex.
The resultant feeling of relaxation slows down your breathing. When you breathe 6 breaths a minute, your breath becomes aligned with rhythms in the heart, and this is good for cardiovascular health.
Other physical benefits include anti-aging, deep rest, decreased blood pressure, higher skin resistance, and easier breathing.
Some mental benefits include greater creativity, decreased anxiety and depression, improved learning and memory, and increased happiness and emotional stability.
The more you pray or meditate, the greater all these benefits will be. So find a peaceful place to sit and relax. Clear your mind. Breathe. Pray or meditate. You’ll likely experience a peaceful feeling almost immediately, but you’ll also gain long-term boons to your health that few other hobbies can offer.