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    • 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