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Thursday, September 29, 2016

Top Reasons To Cultivate Your Spirituality

Did you know faith makes for a healthier brain? According to research by Dr. Andrew Newburg, author of six books and leading researcher, studies reveal the impact of a spiritual practice on brain function.  This area of research is known as "neurotheology" and demonstrates the relationship between the brain and faith. 

In his book "How God Changes Your Brain", Newberg discusses many interesting ways faith directly impacts the brain. For more details, check out this article.

Just as there are many good reasons to work out, eat right, and stay fit, there are several very tangible reasons to develop your faith and spirituality. Here are a few of the major benefits:

1) increases longevity

2) improves brain health by reducing cortisol levels

3) reduces emotional reactivity

4) increases resilience to life's challenges

People who meditate, pray, and adhere to a spiritual practice are also less likely to suffer from depression and  anxiety and have better control of their emotions. I would venture to say that spiritually-minded folk are less likely to commit heinous crimes of violence. They value peace and harmony in both their inner and outer worlds. They value connecting to God and strive to live according to the values that respect and honor human life. Look at Gandhi and Martin Luther King as examples. They changed the world thru non-violent means and were both men of faith.

In this world of so much senseless violence, it is clear people need to make developing their spirituality a priority. Spirituality is very closely linked to emotions and out-of-control emotions are often what precipitate random acts of violence.  

I hope this article has motivated you to consider making your spiritual path a priority in your life. We all have spheres of influence and when one person changes we impact others around us. Be the change you want to see in this world. We are all in it together.

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Until next time, keep looking up!

Ariel