Benefits of Meditation

The other week, I sat down at my computer to pay bills online. The next thing I knew, about 10 minutes had passed and I had just purchased a children’s book from Amazon! Ha! I have no idea why my crazy train of thought (and my clicking-skills) took me from paying bills to buying children’s books. Our minds are a beautiful, amazing creation but often they are off and running and a bit out of our conscious control.

Our stream of present thoughts are interconnected with our past and unfortunately, studies show that we tend to ponder (re-hash) negative thoughts much more than positive ones. We are very capable of shaping life-affirming stories but because of our sinful nature we tend to pay more attention to our negative stories than our positive ones.

Of course, God, in his infinite love and wisdom knows this about our minds and our thoughts and therefore instructs us to be vigilant to meditate on His perfect advice. With meditation we learn to move ourselves past our anxious thoughts, control our scattered brains and calm our constant mind-chatter, bringing us the reward of a better life.

Joshua 1:8 (NLT) “Study this Book of Instruction continually. Meditate on it day and night so you will be sure to obey everything written in it. Only then will you prosper and succeed in all you do.”

Romans 12: 2 (NLT) . . . “let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.

These benefits to our mind/soul immediately translate into our physical body as well. Meditating on the things of God will decrease blood pressure and hypertension. Meditating can lower cholesterol, improve our immune system and decrease, anxiety, depression and sleeplessness. It helps with managing stress at work and with patience and forgiveness in our relationships.

Psalm 104:34 “May my meditation be pleasing to him, for I rejoice in the Lord.

Don’t be afraid to give it a try. Begin a practice of meditating for a few minutes every day, it will change your life for the better! If you don’t know how or where to start, begin with the meditations that are prepared for you here on the Yoga Bird website. You can do this in your home or take your smart phone and a set of headphones outside to a favorite spot. Even if you choose not to do a short yoga class each day, try not to skip meditating on the things of God each day, for these benefits are greater than those of exercise.

I Timothy 4:8 (CJB) “Although physical exercise does have some value, godliness is valuable for everything, since it holds promise both for the present life and for the life to come.”

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December 26, 2013

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