Our minds can become quite chaotic with the stress sourced from the things happening to and around us. Practicing mindfulness, meditation or prayer helps many people relax and feel at peace.
They allow the mind to unwind and bring awareness to the present time and breathing so that the brain can put an end to worrying thoughts. They also have many scientifically proven benefits to our health and well-being.
According to research more than half of adults in the UK pray and even though they are not religious. One in five adults say they turn to prayer in times of crisis wanting to feel less lonely and gain some emotional comfort were among the reasons to people turn to pray.
Although they have similar effects on our emotional wellbeing, there are differences between these practices:
Mindfulness is the practice of focusing on the present moment and being aware of your thoughts, feeling and bodily sensations.
Prayer is a spiritual communication an individual makes with a higher power and acknowledging that there is a power more significant than the self and allowing its presence.
Meditation is a technique of allowing the mind to rest and become clearer and more focused by attaining a state of consciousness that is different from the normal waking state.
There is no reason to not to practice mindfulness while praying or meditating. You can easily concentrate on breathing while walking outside while also at the same time observing your surroundings and being present.
Here are the many benefits of practicing mindfulness, prayer and meditation when practiced daily:
Heart Health: By helping you feel more relaxed, these practices slow down your breathing to be aligned with the rhythm of your heart which is good for cardiovascular health.
Brain Health: May have positive effects on brain regions and help to have better cognitive control over learning, emotions and memory.
Stress Management: They help you get away from your worries by helping you focus on breathing and being present which helps to reduce your stress levels.
Calmer Emotions: By allowing you to nurture positive thoughts and focus on your peace of mind, you are able to welcome happiness in your life.
Better Concentration: These practices help bring you more tranquility in your daily life and in your mind which helps you to stay present and focus on your day-to-day duties.
Even though there are many benefits to integrate these practices in your daily life, it might be difficult to make the time for them at first. So, start with 5-10 min practices and try to fit it in your daily schedules.
Once you start seeing the benefits, you will want to dedicate more time to them. The more you pray or meditate the greater all these benefits will be.
So why not start now? Just find a peaceful place to sit and relax. Clear your mind. Breathe. Pray or meditate.