In a video that recently aired on "Through the Wormhole" narrated by Morgan Freeman on the TV channel Science, Dr. The image below compares brain activity at rest and while the subject (a Presbyterian minister is shown in the video) is in deep prayer. The red part indicates greater activity, and in this case, increased activity is observed in the frontal lobes and the language area of the brain. Meditation is a practice that encourages silent contemplation and awarenessA through an altered mode of consciousness.A Meditation has a long standing tradition within most faiths.
As a central practice of Buddhism, meditation techniques have been preserved in religious texts and through teacher-student relations. ChristianA meditation is a form of prayer used to gain awareness of the revelations of God.


Dhikr or 'Remembrance of God' in Islam is interpreted through various meditative techniques in Sufism or Islamic mysticism. Newberg did not observe any of the brain activity in the frontal lobe that he observed in religious people.
Newberg concludes that all religions create neurological experiences, and while God is unimaginable for atheists, for religious people, God is as real as the physical world. Although it appears more prominent in some faiths over others, it is a core practice for many. DhikrA is usedA as a meditative practice through which one reflects on the Creation of Allah. Andrew Newberg, MD, is the Director of Research at the Myrna Brind Center for Integrative Medicine at Thomson Jefferson University Hospital and Medical College, and he has studied the neuroscientific effect of religious and spiritual experiences for decades.


Newberg believes that for the brain, praying to God in the Judeo-Christian tradition is similar to talking to people.
The image below compares brain activity at rest and while the subject is in deep meditation.



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