What is Meditation
Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. Philippians 4:8
You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you. Isaiah 26:3
” Imagine you read about a pill that would decrease anxiety and increases contentment and focus, would you take it? Suppose the pill had a number of side effects, all of the good, including increased self esteem, empathy, trust, self control, and it even improves memory. Suppose finally that you found out the pill was all natural and cost nothing, would you take it? This pill exists, it is call prayer and meditation.” – The Happiness Hypothesis
- We all meditate, all of the time. Mediation is focused, repetitive thought. Also translated as “to become familiar with” or “to ponder”. What are you becoming familiar with? Whatever emotion you engage in most, you are making it a habit. “Meditation is focused thinking. If you know how to worry, you already know how to meditate”
- We have covered that your thoughts and focused attention physically change the brain, effect matter, and generate chemicals and hormones (good or bad). Meditation is intentional time you set aside every day to direct your focus and thoughts- which will form your behaviors and identity.
- The problem is, in the day and age we live in- we are constantly checking social media, listening to things, talking to people, and multitasking. This is a disaster as far as your brain and connection with God are concerned.
- We are designed to be focused beings. Doing one thing at a time, and doing it well. When we do not do this, our life becomes chaotic and our stress levels rise.
What Meditation Does to the Brain and Body
- Meditation is like going to the gym for your brain. You are working the muscles needed to increase emotional control, will power, peace, problem solving, creativity, compassion, and the ability to stay focused and be productive.
- Meditation is the key to all mind fundamentals- because:
- It strengthens your PFC- which emotional control, will power, peace, problem solving, creativity, compassion, and the ability to stay focused and be productive.
- it puts you in the good parasypathetic state. This puts our body in the position to heal, change, and think clearly, changes DNA, and lowers inflammation.
- It sets the filter of your mind to see the good around you
- It allows you to stay focused on what is most important to you without getting caught up in worries or distractions.
- Meditation improves your focus, attention, and ability to work under stress
- Meditating allows you to move beyond your analytical and opens the door between the conscious and subconscious minds.
- We meditate to enter the operating system of the subconscious, where all of those unwanted habits and behaviors reside, and change them to be in line with what God designed us to be.
- The most difficult part of change is taking the time to actually do it.
- Most peoples attention span is about 6 seconds. This does not give our brain or God much time to create change. Being able to hold a thought, focus, and direct our attention is a skill- one that needs practice to get good at.
- The longer we can hold a thought, the more change begin to occur. \
Take time to tune in:
- Creation of the new and change happen when your inside world becomes more real than the outside world. When we can practice forgetting about our environment, time, and our body- we are able to hear more clearly and create a new life with the Holy Spirit.
- Our mind and body must align for change to occur. When mind and body align, thoughts(mind) + emotions(body)- that is when change in your physical brain and genes begins to take place.
- In other words: every morning, focus on God, and think about the change you do want to happen, and how that change would feel. We do not need to experience the event to generate the emotion for it.