A word about prayer and health
Wednesday, 15 August, 2012
By Marilyn Freedman
A joint American-Israeli study found that regular prayer can reduce the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease by 50%.
That would make the daily endeavour well worth it if you are at risk. The study also concluded that private or public prayer can reduce stress levels which is a risk factor for Alzheimer’s.
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A personal comment.
Prayer is about praise, acknowledgment, and gratitude to someone other than yourself. It’s like. if someone opens the door for you and you say, “thank you”. You have told the person that you acknowledge that they opened the door for you in an act of kindness, and you show gratitude by praising them for it. In that moment that you visualize, think and then verbalize – guess what? – your mind and body harmonize together into a state of quiet. In that moment of quiet all other thoughts about your day, what ‘s for dinner, or the bills you have to pay, vanish. There is no stress in that state.
Prayer on a daily basis puts you in a different mind, and body, space because there is no stress anywhere. In that state, shifts in the mental, emotional, spiritual, perceptual, and physical realms are possible. You develop a quieter way of understanding, reacting, and possibly, being. You learn to develop a positive attitude with room for hope. Prayer doesn’t change the realities in life, but it changes you and you change things.
“If you are quiet enough you will hear the flow of the Universe. You will feel its rhythm. Go with this flow…happiness lies ahead.” Buddha
An easy way to step into a prayerful mode is to set aside a time where you verbalize, and/or write down, 5 things that you are grateful for at that moment. In my family we did it at bedtime and it became a ritual for my children to help them calm down from the day, reflect positively, and ease them into a good night’s sleep. In the morning I always say, “I’m grateful that I woke up this morning to experience another day.” Amen to that.