This week: Your Brainwaves During Prayer

This week’s podcast episode will explore the latest brain science regarding brain states, prayer, meditation, and mental health. I’ve been studying this issue some and I want to share what I’ve learned through my successes and failures in mental prayer.

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I’ll explain why I think sleep is essential mental health and a powerful prayer life.

Look for this podcast on Wednesday Sept 3!

Read reviews of the podcast series here.

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  • Daniela

    Dr. Taylor what about the saints who didn’t sleep to stay in prayer all night? Can you discuss a little about it?
    I’ve been reading a book called “Muéstrame tu rostro” (don’t know the translation from spanish) by Fr. Ignacio Larrañaga it is about prayer (i’m still in chapter two) and he mentions the episodes where Jesus leaves the apostles to be with his Father and some saints i don’t remember.

    Well, i tought it would be interesting to bring this topic also. Thank you and God bless.
    P.D. Been fighting on prayer but today your post on the 12 identities in Christ were so helpful. I appreciate a lot all you work. Also the book of Thomas Aquinas. I really hope i start it as soon as i end my highschool on november! It would be my holidays book!

    • Daniela,

      Yes, some of the Spanish Franciscans and Carmelite mystics did not sleep much or at all.

      This is an exception. Just as there are saints who hardly ate food or who never left their cell or cave.

      Most of us are not full time contemplatives. We have jobs, spouses, children, and neighbors to care for during the day. to do all these things, we need food, sleep, sunshine, exercise, etc.

      We should never copy the saints’ extreme practices without a private revelation, and even then, only after being cleared by an advanced spiritual director. Otherwise, the devil can kick us around like an empty can.