Quiet time alone has been shown to provide healthful benefits and solutions to stressful events, thoughts and feelings.
Let’s face it, we are all exposed to stress at various points in our life.
Today many people look to meditation, with the majority employing various forms of Eastern meditation such as transcendental meditation or yoga which emphasises emptying the mind and looking inward for guidance.22,23
This inward focus can provide a level of relaxation.
Another form of mediation, practiced by some of the most enlightened thinkers in history including Solomon and Christ himself is called Meditation Scripturanum.
This form of meditation, also called Christian Meditation, is prolonged, prayerful, deep thinking on the revealed truths of God given in the ancient scriptures. This is said to allow one into “communion with God, thinking of God’s thoughts, sensing His presence and knowing His will.”24
When it comes to stress, we don’t need a form of escapism but a solution to our problems.
Christian meditation provides a good solution because the reasoning powers in the frontal lobe of the brain remain active.
What about the benefits of prayer on its own?
In a study of 393 coronary care patients, the prayed-for group showed significantly better health outcomes with lower incidences of cardiopulmonary arrest, congestive heart failure, intubation and pneumonia along with lower usage of diuretics and antibiotics.25
A group of 60 undergraduate students aged 17-39 were given a stressful task, and participants with higher religiosity, levels of forgiveness and frequency of prayer had lower stress hormone response and blood pressure 26
Meditation and relaxation can provide positive health benefits when practiced intelligently.
Perhaps you may consider taking time to relax in a quiet place to enable your body to be relieved from stress and anxiety and to find peace away from the everyday demands of life.