Worshipping is Good for My Brain

Posted on November 4, 2015

How many times are you finding yourself standing in the middle of your life, feeling a lack of safety, satisfaction or connection? Is it often? Is it once in a while? What keeps you from finding your peace, contentment and purpose? Well, if you are like me, you might be finding yourself grappling with your brain more than you think you are.

Our brains are the supercomputer of the entire body. It controls your bodily functions, thought processes, feelings and sensory perceptions of the world around us. It grants you the capacity to be all you were created to be. God knew what He was doing when He created this amazing organ. But what about my brain gets me stuck? Why does my brain sometimes act as a hindrance rather than a help in my life journey? Well, think of your brain as two parts. You have a survival brain and a generative brain.

The survival brain, also known as the Limbic system, has evolved over thousands of years and takes up about 1/5 of your brain capacity. It’s the part of your supercomputer where you spend your time discerning good or bad news, contending with fear, impulsivity, and your emotions. Our survival brains are where we have grown to learn how to survive emotional and physical threats in the world.

The generative brain has also evolved over thousands of years. It makes up 4/5 of your brain capacity. This area of your brain is where you problem solve creatively, appreciate beauty, kindle new ideas, author positive, healthful thoughts about ourselves and others. Your generative brain gives you the greater capacity to feel good about yourself and others.

So, maybe you are asking yourself, how does any of this relate to me worshipping God? Why do I care about my brain anyway? Well, just like everything in this world, you have a choice. You can choose to live in your survival brain or your generative brain. And lots of people live in their survival brain. Few people intentionally chose to live in their generative brain.

When you chose to intentionally worship God daily, three primary generative brain elements will occur:

  •  It empowers you to feel emotionally and physically safe.
  •  Corporate worship grants you rich and meaningful connections with others.
  • It offers you spiritual satisfaction in finding your meaning and purpose within God’s Kingdom.

Could it be God created worship just for your brain? I would like to think the God of all creation knew what your brain needed from the beginning. The only way your generative brain can develop is to find ways to intentionally take action and move away from your survival brain.

Here are five (5) definitive generative brain actions you can take on a daily basis:

  • Study God’s word, renew your mind.
    Romans 12:2
  • Listen to music that encourages you to seek God.
    Colossians 3:16
  • Thank God every day for every aspect (good and bad) of your life.
    1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
  • Find a faith community where you grow in relationships with others. Hebrews 10:25
  • Pray to God unceasingly. Give Him all your cares and petitions.
    1 Peter 5:7

Written by: Sally Groff , LMFT, RPT 

 Sally Groff is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Registered Play Therapist in Indianapolis, IN.   Her passion is to offer professional, outpatient care to children/teens and their families.  Her desire is to counsel individuals and families in the local area to meet their specific emotional, physical and spiritual needs.  Contact Sally Groff to discuss your situation with her.

 

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