When meditative prayer includes the Divine, anything is possible. by Anna Bowness-Park

meditative prayerMeditation could be the modern panacea for calming turmoil and for promoting peace in a world that seems to be out of control.  In this article, Anna Bowness-Park, a colleague and a Christian Science Practitioner, who writes frequently on the relationship between consciousness and health, explores this interesting subject.  She shares her spiritual insight along with interviews and comments from studies on the effectiveness of meditation to defuse conflict.  Anna acknowledges how a spiritual approach (a connection to the Divine) can lead to a permanent remedy for global and personal unrest.  Read this informative article and find out what Anna has to offer on this provocative subject!

“Meditation is very much like cooking lentils. The scum rises to the surface when you are doing this.”

It’s an intriguing observation made by psychologist Dr. Miguel Farias during an interview on CBC radio regarding the book, The Buddha Pill: Can meditation change you? which he co-wrote with Dr. Catherine Wikholm. This analogy, which Farias heard from a meditation guru in India, spoke to him about the broad-spectrum of effects resulting from this practice.

Numerous studies have shown the positive side of meditation – how it can calm thought, reconnect us to some aspect of our inner selves, and in some cases, bring about positive health effects. Generally, we have come to believe that meditation is a health practice free of side effects, with guaranteed peace and happiness being the result.

However, Farias’ research shows that this is not always the case. His findings should alert us to what happens when we take what was originally a religious practice and secularize it without really understanding its roots and history. Meditation, or mindfulness, is mentioned in many faiths, but it has very different meanings.

Christian prayer can be meditative. The difference is that this type of prayer focuses on communing with God. Meditation or mindfulness that is promoted and practiced in secular settings tends toward focus on the self, some aspect of the body, or what is going on in the human brain.

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Kate is interested in sharing blogs about the impact of prayer and spirituality on our health written by her colleagues.  As a Christian Science practitioner and teacher, Kate has experienced the power of prayer in her life as well as in the lives of others.  She is the media and legislative contact for Christian Science in Maryland. Kate can be contacted through Twitter @CScomMaryland and email at: maryland@compub.org