"Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours."
I debated posting anything regarding prayer as it seems very personal and possibly controversial. Although, I did reveal church outings in my Migraine Plan, I didn't speak specifically to prayer. Whatever your religious beliefs (unless you have none at all) you can pray or meditate and remain unoffended by the fact that I pray. Studies have shown that prayer and meditation can have an impact on stress and pain. A study by Dr. Herbert Benson at Harvard Medical School was one of these studies. He determined that the body responds to praying, meditating, hypnosis, and other relaxation techniques by lowering heart rate, blood pressure, and breathing rate. His study showed the body achieves a state of relaxation where there is a decreased need for oxygen and a decreased production of carbon dioxide. These things are the opposite of what occurs in the body under stress. Through these techniques we can consciously decrease stress and aid in healing. For this migrainuer prayer is a cheap and fulfilling way to cope and reduce stress. All I need is a quiet room and some solitude.
Many times in a chronic state of migraine my prayers were mere pleads for mercy or negotiations with a higher power to reduce my pain in return for my undying committment. Today my prayers are a time of quiet reflection of thanks and gratitude for the relief I have received. It is a time and place for me to connect spiritually and share responsibility and religuish control for things in my life that I can't control. My prayer today, while I type this blog, is that the message contained in this site will relieve the pain and suffering of a fellow migrainuer.
Can I get an Amen?