So how do you feel about this book EP ? (PS I haven't read it either )
How God Changes Your Brain Breakthrough Findings from a Leading Neuroscientist
More than half of adult Americans report they have had a spiritual experience that changed their lives. Now, scientists from universities like Harvard, Pennsylvania and Johns Hopkins are using new technologies to analyze the brains of people who claim they have touched the spiritual
Written in an accessible style-with illustrations highlighting how spiritual experiences affect the mind-How God Changes Your Brain offers the following breakthrough discoveries:
- Not only do prayer and spiritual practice reduce stress and anxiety, but just twelve minutes of meditation per day may slow down the aging process.
- Contemplating a loving God rather than a punitive God reduces anxiety, depression, and stress and increases feelings of security, compassion, and love.
- Fundamentalism, in and of itself, is benign and can be personally beneficial, but the anger and prejudice generated by extreme beliefs can permanently damage your brain.
- Intense prayer and meditation permanently change numerous structures and functions in the brain-altering your values and the way you perceive reality.
"It's kind of interesting how scientists are trying to find a purely scientific explanation for religion. Just because they find out that certain parts of the brain "light up" during faith-related experiences, there seems to be an assumption that it can all be boiled down to biology and chemistry "~~ Bethany Huling