YOU, YOUR Consciousness, and YOUR Spirituality
Over the years there have been different authors, researchers,
and just normal everyday people that have talked about the
powerful effects that meditation and mindfulness practices on the
brain and body, and a new collaborative study between
professors at Columbia University and the New York State
Psychiatric Institute is now taking these findings one step further.
Dr. Joseph Murphy has been a very favorite of mine over the
years with his studies and research on sub-consciousness.
Dr. Norman Vincent Peale has been another favorite for the belief
that Prayer can bring about positive things in a person’s life.
So of course, any research can be looked at and debated.
I believe that we all have more spiritual power than some think. It is
a thousand-year-old study. We are more than just this body.
The study found that found that the people who expressed that
spirituality or religion was important to them had significantly
thicker cerebral cortices-a part of the brain in highly active
neutral networks responsible for sensory perception, language
and emotion processing – thank those who did not.
Our beliefs and our moods are reflected in our brain and with new
imaging techniques, we can begin to see this. The brain is an
extraordinary organ. it not only controls but is controlled by our
The brain is an incredibly dynamic organ that responds to our
mental patterns and habits.
The study’s findings are in line with other similar research aimed
at demonstrating a correlation between a person’s predominant
state of mind, brain functioning and other physical reactions in the
A recent study by Kaliman in 2014 found that intensive meditation
positively affected gene expression. The expression of genes that
are involved in inflammation, and more generally in the body’s
stress response was down-regulated, meaning that these
processes were reduced or muted, which positively affect a number
of markers for overall health and wellbeing.
It should be crystal clear that our state of mind is hugely important
in our overall health and wellbeing and that adopting time-
honored spiritual practices such as meditation and mindfulness,
and prayer are simple, yet highly effective ways to realize your