Article Summary By Michael Estlack, Director of Connectivity
Life takes its toll on everyone. Mentally, physically, and spiritually we are taxed in our day-to-day activities. So what if you were offered a reprieve? Even a way to change your brain in it’s most basic functioning? A spiritual retreat may just be your answer. They have long since been used by many who give personal accounts of the benefits they offer, and now we have hard evidence for their therapeutic value.
Research from Thomas Jefferson University and Hospital show changes in both dopamine and serotonin functioning in participants who attended a Christian retreat, though they claim any spiritual based retreat will do. The participants spent their time in silent mediation, prayer, mass, and sessions with a spiritual guide. After which, they completed surveys indicating a complete change in their perceived well-being. What was stunning, however, is what the brain scans revealed. Andrew Newberg, M.D., a prominent figure in the field of neurotheology, saw changes in both the abundance of dopamine and serotonin in these participants after their retreat. Newberg noted that “Since serotonin and dopamine are part of the reward and emotional systems of the brain, it helps us understand why these practices result in powerful, positive emotional experiences”.
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The alarm sounds, snooze, it sounds again, snooze, and in my morning slumber ... I begin my day with gratitude saying softly thank you Mother Earth, Father Sun, and Higher Self for waking me up sober and not hungover, thank you for another amazing day clean, thank for the love that surrounds me, thank you for the light that shines through me, thank you...
The alarm sounds again, snooze... Time to create the day: As a thinker, speaker, doer of the highest and best intentions, I AM a dynamic, enthusiastic participant in life. Divine ideas flow through me and through my thoughts, actions, and words. I AM honest, open-minded, and willing today. I AM courageous. I am a man of my word. I AM humble. I AM self-disciplined today. I AM beautiful from the inside-out. I AM a beacon of light. I AM surround by love. I AM at peace with myself and the world. I AM love. I AM amazing.
As I crawl out of bed, I prepare myself for another day of channeling the light and love of Universe by turning on some Bach, nourishing my body with breakfast, pressing my clothes, feeding the little kitties, allowing the water of the shower to awaken my cells and connect me to the all-that-is, dressing, and softly saying goodbye to my beautiful spouse.
When I arrive at the SHAW Center for Healing, the first thing that I notice when I open the door is the beautiful light that shines through the windows. Thank you Father Sun and Mother Earth for such an incredible sacred space, I say. Thank you for another day of love, healing, and transformation.
As I prepare the space energetically, I meditate with this beautiful affirmation from Paul Selig that sits on my desk:
As I lift my light to be seen by my fellows,
As I lift my worth to be received by myself,
I align myself to service so that so that my gifts may be realized,
So that my gifts may be shared, so that my gifts may be seen,
And I may accept myself in my divine plan:
A manifestation of the Creator in form, here to sing my song for the benefit of all.
I know who I am, I know what I am, I know how I serve.
I am Word, I am Word, I am Word.
Let the healing begin. Namaste.
Our Amazing Team