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Three Ways to Enhance Your Meditation

Three Ways to Enhance Your Meditation

While your actions certainly do make a difference in your overall happiness and spiritual health, we also must take the time to sit back and heed instruction. Time spent meditating allows you to listen to what God has to say to you, and it requires you to really listen and remove yourself from the many cares you experience during the course of any day.

Whether your meditation time consists of just a few minutes after you get the kids to bed or several hours in the morning as the sun rises, this time allows you to grow as a person, reflect on your life, plan for your future, and develop stronger character. There are three things you can do to ensure you’re making the most of this valuable investment of time.

1. Cooling Mattress Pads

cooling-mattress-padOne of the best places to be as we meditate is lying down in bed. This allows you to get into a comfortable position and more easily allow you to focus on the deep thinking you’re about to embark on. According to Learning Mind, when we meditate, our body temperatures are known to lower. This is also true as we drift off to sleep after a long day.

A great way to encourage relaxation in your meditate lying down in bed is to invest in a mattress pad with a cooling factor. These products begin cooling the body temperature more quickly, allowing you to more quickly transition into a meditative state. It can also significantly increase your comfort level, especially if it’s warm in the room, and comfort is a highly important factor in meditation.

2. Considering Your Diet

breakfast-mealWe don’t often associate what we had for breakfast or lunch when deciding how we can increase the quality of the little time we have to spend alone. However, the old adage “you are  what you eat” holds a lot more truth than many give it credit for. As the Harvard Business Review points out, the foods we eat have a direct impact on overall productivity whether that be work you’re doing with your hands or your mind. Just a few types of foods and their impact on your meditation include:

  • Fried, oily, and spicy foods can make you fidgety and less able to focus.
  • Canned and non-vegetarian foods can cause you to drowsy.
  • Fresh foods help keep you feeling light, so try to opt for foods on the outermost areas of the grocery store and avoid the aisles as much as possible.

3. Consider Group Meditation

group-sharing-at-the-beachMeditation is typically done while alone, and this certainly is an effective way to get in better touch with both God and yourself. However, consider inviting like-minded individuals to join you on occasion. This allows for you to become more engaged in your own meditation when you’re able to share your personal experiences with others. Furthermore, with the motivation of others, you are more likely to stick with a regular meditation schedule.

 

Getting Closer With God

We are encouraged in the Bible and other types of religious texts to take the time to speak with God through prayer. However, what all too many of us fail to do regularly and thoroughly is to take the time to listen to how God’s trying to answer us. Through regular meditation, you can develop a stronger relationship with the higher power that has a plan for us all, and these three helpful tips can help you make the most of this precious time.

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Christianity & Science: Friends Or Foe?

Christianity & Science: Friends Or Foe?

For years, some people have seen science and religion as enemies, battling over leadership in this culture. Others see them as separate facts of life that remain unrelated and atheists are saying that science is debunking religion and superstition of all forms. Even though none of those voices hint at the positive relationship between science and Christianity, there are several ways the relationship between the two can be viewed.

Are They Separate?

One of the only ways that you can ease the conflict between Christianity and science is to view them as two totally different things. The one way to do that is to think about science as the knowledge of the world and its behaviour and think about religion as morality, God, and the afterlife. If they are addressing different beliefs, then they cannot conflict.  the reason there is such conflict is because there is a lack of understanding of the fundamental differences between the two.

 

Christianity vs ScienceEverything in the science and religion world is at peace until someone claims that the Bible answers a scientific question and science answers a question about God, the the conflict erupts again. This is why it is best to keep them separate.

Science and Christianity Enhancing Each Other

Most of the time we can classify a question as scientific or biblical, but there are also those few questions that are on the borderline. The categories of these questions include evolution, medical ethics, and climate change. According to Pope John Paul II, “Science can purify religion from error and superstition; religion can purify science from idolatry and false absolutes. Each can draw the other into a wider world, a world in which both can flourish”. By guiding the practical application of scientific discoveries, science can be positively impacted by faith.

Working Together

Although some believe that Christianity and science should be separated, there are those, such as the evangelicals that believe they can work together. It is proven that 20 percent of the U.S. attends church along with 18 percent of scientists who also consider themselves very religious. A new study has found that 27 percent of Americans do believe that there is a conflict between the two, but sociologists believe that these results will help to change the idea that the two are at ideological odds. For science policymakers and educators, they should not have to approach religion with an attitude of combat rather than approach it with collaboration in mind.
For those who love Christianity and science, there is something called Christian Science. This is the feeling and understanding of God’s goodness.  “He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also”, these are what the teachings are based on, the word of Christ Jesus. Those who practice Christian science are allowed to make their own individual choices about what to think and what to do in each situation, including health care, relationships, employment, and other personal and global issues through prayer. This is a way to get closer to God and humanity without conflict.

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Religious Freedom

Religious Freedom

According to the First Amendment in the U.S. Constitution, everyone in the United States has the right to practice his or her own religion, or no religion at all. The first amendment was meant to keep the government out of religion and guarantee the separation of church and state. This is one of the main reasons why the United States has avoided a lot of religious conflicts that have been responsible for the fall of other nations. There is also the Free Exercise Clause of the First Amendment. This clause gives you the right to worship or not as you choose. You cannot be penalized because of your religious beliefs by the government.

Teaching Religion in Public Schools

This seems to be a hot topic for debate. Half of the nation does not see a problem with incorporating religion with schooling while the other half does. Unfortunately, since public schools are run by the government, they must obey the First Amendment. The schools are allowed to teach about the influences of religion in history and such, but they cannot promote religious beliefs in any way. The only schools that are allowed to do so without criticism are private and parochial schools because they are not government run. Although, even though public schools frown upon religion, students who need to be excused from a school activity because of conflict with their religious beliefs, may do so.

Starting The Day with Prayer

This is another debate that is swirling around the internet, should a teacher be allowed to start the day with a prayer? No. Since 1992, when the Supreme Court decided that graduation prayers are unconstitutional in public schools, it no longer exists. If teachers started doing this, it would give non-believers or the kids of other faiths the feeling that their participation is required. The same goes for student-led prayer, it is unconstitutional. If a student wants hold a private alternative event that includes a prayer, such as a baccalaureate, they can do so but it has to remain off of school grounds.

Is It Okay to Pray in School, Ever?

So, the million-dollar question, is it ever okay to pray in school? Absolutely. Each individual student has the right to pray whenever they please, as long as it does not disrupt anyone else. They cannot try to force others to join in. If a student has been told that they cannot pray at all during school hours, they have the right to exercise their religion is being violated.

Celebrating Religious Holidays in Public Schools

We have all gone into a school and have seen decorations set up for Christmas, Easter, Hannukah and Thanksgiving, is this acceptable? It depends. Making stockings for Christmas, eggs for Easter and dreidels for Hannukah are okay because over a period of time, these have become secular customs. If a student wanted to put on a Nativity pageant, this would be unconstitutional because of its religious meaning.

In public schools, there are no bibles allowed, no praying unless it is to yourself or outside of school and there are no Nativity pageants. Do you think this is unconstitutional? Many people do because back in the day, there was prayer, bible verses and more. This is what religious freedom is all about. You are free to choose to worship or not.