Does Practicing Meditation Relieve Stress..or..Open the Door to Delusion and Deception?

Have you noticed many of the articles and ads on the Internet and in magazines hype the notion that meditation is the answer for many of our medical problems?  This seems to be standard practice and belief in the “medical community”, but it has no basis in reality and in fact is very dangerous to your health, and especially to your emotional, mental and spiritual health.

This is one of the umpteenth hypes for meditation that I’ve seen in recent weeks and months. This one is for supposedly lowering your blood pressure….

“Practice meditation

Meditating relieves stress, and numerous studies have shown it can lower blood pressure, too. Every day, carve out five minutes to sit quietly and repeat a mantra like ‘This, too, shall pass’ or ‘Breathe.”
Repeat a mantra? Remember when the Lord Jesus said not to pray useless repetitions? This is what He was talking about…
Jesus said:
“And when you pray, do not use vain repetitions as the heathen do. For they think that they will be heard for their many words. 8 “Therefore do not be like them. For your Father knows the things you have need of before you ask Him.” (Matthew 6:5-8)
I found this video series very useful and informative. Before I was saved and baptized in the Holy Spirit, I had practiced meditation, but afterwards, the Holy Spirit warned me away from this dangerous practice and instead, lead me into the prayer life and communing with the Lord, which always brings beneficial health and spiritual results and well being.