#048: Brain Science, Your Soul & Prayer [Podcast]

My goal this week is to talk about some of what I’ve been learning about brain science, hormones, mental health, and prayer. In particular, I want you to understand what is happening when in physical brain while you are meditating and praying every day. If you don’t pray every day, this episode will show you why it’s absolutely essential.


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  • Proverb of the week: 19:14
  • Featured Segment: Brain Science, Your Soul & Prayer
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Podcast Archive

# Title Released
047 Don’t Swallow the Camel 08/27/2014
046 The Secret Life of Thomas Aquinas 08/22/2014
045 Did Saint Paul Teach Once Saved Always Saved? 08/06/2014
044 How to Escape Joyless Catholicism, Part 2 07/30/2014
043 How to Escape Joyless Catholicism, Part 1 07/24/2014
042 Golf Cart Saint 07/15/2014
041 5 Intellectual Virtues and Pornography, Art, and Culture 07/02/2014
040 Taylor and Joy Talk About Their Marriage 06/25/2014
038 Should You Budget Time 06/04/2014
037 The Theology of Vacation, Leisure, and Recreation 05/28/2014
036 Noah Movie Review – Rock Monsters? 05/21/2014
035 Children Need Fortitude 05/14/2014
034 Jokes of Saint John XXIII 05/07/2014
033 Divine Mercy: 5 Common Questions 04/30/2014
032 4 Sections of Hell 04/23/2014
031 Meet The Saint Version of You 04/16/2014
030 Should You Be an Optimist? 04/09/2014
029 Finding Fellowship like Samwise Gamgee 04/01/2014
028 Demons, Snakes, and Ticks: Lessons from a Hunting Trip 03/26/2014
027 How to Make an Eternal Impact with Your Life 03/19/2014
026 Thoughts on My Pilgrimage to Our Lady of Guadalupe 02/26/2014
025 Why is the Catholic Church Roman? 02/19/2014
024 The Seven Lies We Believe About Our Failures 02/11/2014
023 How to Restart Your Mental Computer 02/06/2014
022 Top Five Productivity Tips from Thomas Aquinas 01/29/2014
021 Did You Miss God’s Plan for Your Life? 01/23/2014
020 When Prayer Becomes a Chore 01/15/2014
019 12 Attributes of a Baptized Christian 01/08/2014
018 A Podcast Against Bitter Catholics! 12/30/2013
017 Mary’s Painless Delivery of Christ Explained 12/18/2013
016 Our Lady of Guadalupe and Saint Luke (Plus How to Set Goals) 12/11/2013
015 Total Consecration to Mary 12/04/2013
014 What’s Your Apostolate? 11/27/2013
013 6 Items for the Liturgy of Your Life 11/20/2013
012 Why You Should Be More Creative 11/13/2013
011 Why Did They Stop Teaching Virtue? 11/06/2013
010 How Do Saints Hear Our Prayers? 10/30/2013
009 My Opinion of Martin Luther 10/23/2013
008 My Top 5 Daily Prayers 10/16/2013
007 Your Guardian Angel 10/03/2013
006 How You Can Convert 7 Billion People 09/25/2013
005 3 Strategies for a Marriage that Sings! 09/18/2013
004 4 Step Plan When Family Leave the Faith 09/12/2013
003 5 Tools for Deep Daily Prayer Life 09/04/2013
002 Three Tips to Increase Your Passion for Life 08/28/2013
001 How to Find a Spiritual Director 08/18/2013
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  • Dan

    Excellent…I too have a fascination about this topic. Oh and love the idea about the shorter podcast for items you want to get out here.

  • I enjoyed the podcast, and should mention that I have a post about this, “Are we hard-wired for faith–the religious experience and neuro-imaging”, which focuses on Dr. Andrew Newberg’s pet-scan results; it’s on my blog “Reflections of a Catholic Scientist”. (No explicit link, so I hope this doesn’t get sent to “Comments Purgatory”.

  • Daniela

    Have you tried the EWTN app? They have the whole bible and also an audio version of it.
    I don’t use it or find it that much useful because my birth language is spanish so the bible in english would mean a lot of work, perhaps when i start a english course.
    You mentioned the essays in the podcast of the 12 attributes i think it’s an awesome idea.
    I can’t believe this was a one hour podcast! You really helped me yesterday, i was almost falling into depression and being battling because i haven’t made it up to confession in more than 2 months. The 12 attributes podcast really helped me to pray a little while and to remember myself that God Love’s me no matter what.
    I’ve recently started following you and can’t regret it! Thank you very much!
    God bless you and your biiig lovely family.

  • ADAM

    (CAIRO) – This podcast reminded me of that old Gospel favorite “JUST A LITTLE TALK WITH JESUS” (YouTube: IT’S ALRIGHT – Keith Lancaster)

  • Jason

    Thank you for the podcast. I know it must take some time to prepare, but I enjoy, appreciate, and learn a lot from it.

  • Amber Boyt

    what are the audio bibles you recommended again? I loved this podcast!

  • Tim Gannon

    This was a wonderful podcast. I use different musical tones to help me get into the alpha state. ThI has has deepened my meditation or helped my focus. I prefer passage meditation and use the Jesus Prayer to sleep. There is a lot of free alpha and theta wave music available through you tube.

  • Andrew Roland Zeisel

    I really liked the whole podcast! Great to hear a presentation on psychology that doesn’t merely relegate religion to the field of early psychology. It was also great to be reminded about the different neurotransmitters and their effect on one’s world view. They even have an effect on the thyroid!

    I am curious concerning your prayer schedule. When you were an ordained Anglican you must have prayed the Liturgy of the Hours. Do you still?

  • Sean Hudson

    Awesome! Yet another highly informative lecture presentation…speaking of, “still waters running deep”…a deeper mindset…a truly divine “real presence” of the heart, mind, body, and most importantly, thy Soul…speaking of, “Be Salty…absolutely Dr. Marshall!” Praise the Lord!

  • linda eaton

    On theta I would like to share, that if I clearly and completely verbally articulate insight or ideas before opening my eyes, I can recall it much better, otherwise I tend to lose something in the translation.

  • Paradox

    I actually hate it when my phone goes off…