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Learning to Focus in 10 minutes

Feeling overwhelmed? From call to call, appointment to appointment, where did the day go? For that matter, where did my month go?!?

It is important to remember to take just a few minutes to focus and renew yourself every day. So… what your saying is when I don’t feel like I have enough time in the day you want me to stop working? – YES 

Some people will meditate, others will do yoga. I pray. I pray for a number of reasons but the main one being that I need to talk to my Father. I have never had luck with trying to clear my mind as in meditation because I am always thinking about my clients or my business or what my family and I are doing for dinner. If I have a conversation with God then I don’t have room for the other clutter that won’t allow me to relax, get re-energized and focus on the tasks at hand. As for yoga… 1. I’m not that flexible and 2. Trust me, I don’t look good in yoga pants. 🙂

PRAY: The editorial team over at compared an in depth study done by Lisa Miller, (Professor and director of Clinical Psychology and director of the Spirituality Mind Body Institute at Teachers College, Columbia University) with many other studies and compiled a list of benefits of prayer.

  1. Makes you stress free: Praying influences your state of mind, helping you relax and thereby reducing the effects stress has on various body organs. It is known to not only help reduce mental stress; it also helps beat physical stress and evens out your emotional reaction to it.  (Read: 5 natural remedies to beat stress (Gallery))
  2. Reduces your chances of suffering from depression and anxiety: According to a UK based study, published in British Journal of Health Psychology, praying can reduce your risk of developing depression and anxiety. It also found that you have a higher probability of being positive and less depressed if you prayed at a place of worship. (Read: Depression – understanding it is half the battle won)
  3. Helps you deal with emotional onslaught: Praying is extremely useful in giving you the strength to deal with day-to-day stress. It offers you some quiet time alone, where you can think and gives you the opportunity to focus on yourself and reduce mental stress.
  4. Keeps away common stress related disorders: Chronic diseases like heart diseases, diabetes, hypertension, ulcers and migrainesare all considered to be a result of too much stress. According to alternative therapies like Ayurveda, stress is the number one reason for the buildup of toxins in the body, which not only leads to chronic conditions like diabetes but also certain cancers. (Read: Ayurvedic detox diet — a step-by-step guide to cleansing your body)
  5. Makes you happier: A study conducted by Dr. Andrew Newberg, Department of Psychiatry at University of Pennsylvania, found that praying can actually boost the level of dopamine or the ‘happy hormone’ in your brain. Making you happier and more peaceful.
  6. Makes you a better person: The same study also found that the practice helps reduce the level of one’s ego by affecting the area of the brain associated with that emotion. It therefore makes you more humble, less greedy for material things and a better person.
  7. Speeds up post-surgical recovery: Other studies have found that praying helps in the quicker healing of surgical scars. This is because when your body is out of sync and stressed, it focuses all its efforts in equalizing itself; thereby offering less resources to the healing of wounds. (Read: What to expect during an angiography)
  8. Keeps diseases at bay: Praying has been known to improve one’s immunity. One particular study also found that praying also reduces the symptoms of asthma. The studies on why one sees this reaction is still on. (Read: Asthma megaguide – causes, symptoms, diagnosis, prevention and complications)
  9. Is good for your heart: The practice of praying has shown a lot of benefits on the functioning of your heart. It is known to speed up the recovery of the heart after a heart attack and surgery. Apart from that it also helps regulate your heart beat, makes it stronger and less stressed. (Read: Natural remedies for heart disease)
  10. Helps you live longer: Apart from all the other benefits of praying, one of the most striking perks is that it helps you live longer. By minimizing all the ill effects of stress and environmental factors it helps your body heal better and age more efficiently. All this put together helps the body heal faster and beat the common ailments that affect you when you get older. (Read: Why prayers are good for your health)

If I was to be so bold to add one to the list it would be:

11.  Helps you know God’s will for your life: Let’s face it, every relationship you have would be exponentially better if you had better communication with the other party. God wants so much just to spend time with us every day. If we do, He can share His heart with us and tell us what He wants for us. That is a pretty amazing deal. Let’s do this together, ready?

 Dear God…

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