If you’re going to be an adventurer and pursue the strange, weird, scary, and amazing things in this life, it is best to do so with some form of belief system. There are many reason why you should. Our brains are hard wired to believe in something. It is a coping mechanism for stress and difficult situations. Also it provides many with comfort in difficult times, such as loss. It provides a moral compass.
There is proven scientific studies that people who pray and meditate. It is shown to change the brain in positive ways. It effects the Insula and the Amygdala, as well as other benefits. It calms your mind, decreases blood pressure and helps you deal with stress. Less stress is always a good thing. It is known to help you lower anxiety, decrease depression, improved learning and memory recall. It increases emotional stability.
It decreases your response to fear from your fight or flight response so that you can think more clearly when in a situation that would cause you to be afraid. If you plan to peruse the strange and paranormal that is a skill that will be a great asset. You will be more aware of your surroundings and senses.
It effects the insula which is your gut level feelings. It guides you on how you will respond to what you sense in your body. Like if something is dangerous or benign. It also involved in experiencing empathy.
Also practicing the breathing six breaths be minuet aligns your breathing with your hearts rhythm and is good for your cardiovascular system and your blood pressure and a higher skin resistance.
The end result is you are able to see yourself and everyone around you from a clearer perspective while at the same time being more aware of the present, and a more empathic person with others and able to judge a situation better with a more heightened awareness. More in touch with yourself and the universe.
A recent survey reported in the Journal of Gerontology of 4,000 senior citizens and found that people who prayed or meditated coped better with illness and lived longer than those who did not, but Spiritual practice aims to connect the individual with God or a Higher Power, to open one to the Divinity dwelling within the self, and to make one fully present to life in the here and now. Wouldn’t it be great to have a supreme being out there routing for you. So many people dislike the church because they view it as a bunch of self righteous people pointing fingers saying you can’t do what you want. And well there are such people out there like that, but most churches (real churches) are not like that. They are even against such practices. It is actually forbidden to Christians to judge others of God will judge us just as harsh. As far as being told what to do it is actually quite simple. You can do whatever you want as long as you don’t hurt others or animals. Do unto others what you would have done unto you. Doesn’t mean you have to be a pacifist or anything like that. There just has to be a good reason like self defense or protecting someone. As far as most things go use discretion and moderation.