Have you ever wondered if the benefit of prayer which seems to have similar spiritual (read endorphins) benefits to meditation, where you set yourself aside.
In other words take a moment to break the fourth wall.
Discuss the plot of your show, objectively critique the development of your character.
Narrate your own life, like Morgan Freeman.
Just a THC paradigm shift.
I'll try if if I remember after sleeping a few hours.
The band-width of my reflective thoughts increases markedly without chanting at 5:30am on quite a few mornings. It decreases or is pushed aside by necessary activity during the day, but on most occasions I have forgotten any conclusions for future action by the time I am getting out of the shower. Have tried writing them down but the paper gets soggy and unreadable.
Does make sense and I could see the connection but prayer is different than most forms meditating. However, I do what's known as mindfullness meditation where one focuses on certain aspects of ones body. This includes concentrating on such things as being calm or even certain things we want to improve. There is no one specific form of meditation.
Prayers are religious magic, just like pagan spells, invocations, and rituals. Religion is all about ritual regardless of the sect, i.e. communion in Xtianity.
Even when I was pagan, though, I didn't supplicate deities to help me. I meditated, cast "spells," and performed rituals to help me focus on the issues at hand. Clearing my head and devoting my attention was beneficial.
I don't meditate any longer, but I should.
I've never seen the issue. To me, prayer to a supernatural (non-existent) entity is a form of meditation, primitive in some respects. This parallels that to me, religions that hold there to be some supernatural non-existent entity are a form of philosophy, primitive in at least some (if not most or all) respects.
In my case it is a form of contemplation of seeing and viewing those and what is surrounding me as a slate of background white noise to stay clam and collect near thoughts and actions in their basic form upon to build peace and security within the short time I am present within!!!