The same spiritual practices of contemplative prayer and meditation that lead mystics to deep spiritual connections also produce measurable medical benefits in their practitioners. Over 1000 peer-reviewed medical journal articles have shown that these practices lead to better psychological well-being, pain reduction, lowered stress hormones in the bloodstream, improved blood pressure, more stable insulin levels, and even healing at the cellular level. In addition, mediation and prayer literally rewire our brains, thickening the frontal cortex, as shown by Harvard’s Dr. Sarah Lazar, and may even slow down the aging process, according to Dr. Newberg.
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