Meditation is crucial to any religion. Whether you realize you’re doing it or not, it’s highly beneficial.
As most of you know, I have a Christian background. To be specific, I have a huge history in the Fundamentalist Evangelical Pentecostal movement. In that tradition, meditation is extremely taboo and frowned upon. Many people look down on it because they don’t understand it and they don’t realize how beneficial it is to spirituality and to mental health. Many people in this tradition think that it’s demonic and doesn’t honor God. Many believe it has nothing to do with a Christian lifestyle. The reality is: that’s a ton of garbage.
Would God allow something healthy for the body to be taboo? That’s a question that sits right in the middle of this topic. No matter what God you believe in or no matter where you are in life, would your God create something that is beneficial to be off limits? No. God wouldn’t do that. That’s like saying “I know you have cancer but you can’t have the cure”. Meditation can help with a lot of issues.
Depression is a serious issue in America that isn’t addressed. If you live in the world, I’m sure that you have either encountered someone who suffers from depression or you have experienced it yourself. Healthline states that 16 million people in America have experienced a serious attack of depression and that 350 million people worldwide suffer from depression. In the ted talk below, Professor Britton suggests that meditation can help those who suffer from this mental disorder. Mediation is powerful, and it helps to achieve a sense of peace as we become aware of ourselves and the world around us.
Anxiety is another serious mental illness. 6.8 million adults in the US suffer from general anxiety disorder and social anxiety disorder. That’s a total of 13.6 million US citizens who suffer from anxiety. Imagine letting all of your worries and stresses go by rewiring your neural pathways. You could lower your chances of an anxiety attack.
I can speak from personal experience that meditation works. I started by doing a centering prayer. It was the best decision I had made in a long time. I felt such a surreal and powerful experience. I had never felt such peace and I had never experienced such a knowing that I was okay. My meditations developed to many different styles. I learned centering prayer, kundalini, mindfulness, and oneness. I am still very new to meditation. It has helped me so much in my personal life, and in my own spiritual life.
Meditation is spiritual because the brain constructs it that way. Spirituality and God are found in our brains. If you can learn to control the brain, you learn to control the ego. When you learn to control the ego, you find yourself in a loving place that each religion strives to achieve. Meditation is for everyone, and even though it may seem weird at first, it is one of the most freeing practices that we can do.
“Facts & Statistics.” Anxiety and Depression Association of America, ADAA, adaa.org/about-adaa/press-room/facts-statistics.
Pietrangelo, Ann. “Depression and Mental Health by the Numbers: Facts, Statistics, and You.”
Healthline, Healthline Media, 28 Jan. 2015, http://www.healthline.com/health/depression/facts-statistics-infographic.
SciAmerican. “How Does Meditation Change the Brain? – Instant Egghead #54.” YouTube, YouTube, 31 Oct. 2013, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q0DMYs4b2Yw.
TEDxTalks. “TEDxBrownUniversity – Willoughby Britton – Why A Neuroscientist Would Study Meditation.” YouTube, YouTube, 26 July 2011, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TR8TjCncvIw