We have approached Christian meditation from a biblical perspective and the lens of tradition. Now, let’s dive into the lens of reason. Does it make sense to meditate?
Research would argue yes. Admittedly, I came into studying this discipline with absolutely no background in the research that has been done on meditation in general. I had heard that it was beneficial in lowering blood pressure and reducing stress. Every productivity blog in the world has some article on the benefits of meditation, but what about the scientific & medical research.
What I found was astonishing. In 2010, Harvard conducted a study on meditation that “found increased gray-matter density in the hippocampus, known to be important for learning and memory, and in structures associated with self-awareness, compassion, and introspection.” A separate study in 2013 showed a reduction of the amygdala associated with fear & strong emotions. Take a moment and let that set in. Meditation physiologically affects the growth of your brain (in a good way)!
Needless to say, meditation is a good thing!
Interested in reading more about Christian meditation. Be sure to check out the other posts:
- Spiritual Discipline: Meditation
- Meditation: Lens of Tradition
- Meditation: Lens of Tradition II
- Meditation: Lens of Reason
- Meditation: Lens of Experience