when we meditate and pray we can get “out of self” – here’s proof.
The Alcoholics Guide to Alcoholism
When I first came into recovery I constantly heard the refrain about “getting out of self” – in fact steps 10-12 help one do so. Step 12, by helping others in recovery and step 11 which encourages prayer and mediation.
Can we get out of “self” by prayer and mediation? I will be dedicating a number of blogs to mediation so will just briefly consider prayer here.
In one study Franciscan nuns had their brains imaged via SPECT which looked at blood-flow in their brains while they were engaged in a type of mystic union called ‘centring prayer’ which involves opening themselves to being in the presence of God (and not in “self”).
In centring prayer the nuns had a “loss of usual forms of space During prayer there was demonstrated increase in blood flow in the PFC inferior parietal and inferior frontal lobes and a decreased flow in the…
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