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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