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Summary: Rest is necessary to run the race God has marked out for us.

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Be Still So That You Can Run!

Thomas A. Gaskill October 30, 2011

Introduction: Read Isaiah 40:28-31

Rest is vital to our well being physically, mentally, and spiritually.

God created the Sabbath to be a means of revitalization. It is a day to heed God’s invitation: “Be still and know that I am God” (Psalm 46:10). It is a day to delight in Jesus’ words “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28). As Jesus says, the Sabbath was made for man (Mark 2:27).

Rest and relaxation is crucial. Take a look at what some in the medical field have to say:

Relaxation is perhaps the single most important key to health and well-being. It is the antidote to stress which is known to contribute to the development of disease. When we relax, our body has an opportunity to unwind. The benefits of relaxation have been well researched and some of these are summarized below.


• gives the heart a rest by slowing the heart rate

• reduces blood pressure

• slows the rate of breathing …

• increases blood flow to the muscles

• decreases muscle tension

As a result of relaxation, many people experience –

• more energy

• better sleep

• enhanced immunity

• increased concentration

• better problem-solving abilities

• greater efficiency

• smoother emotions — less anger, crying, anxiety, frustration

• less headaches and pain

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Benefits of Meditation

Physical Benefits

• Deep rest-as measured by decreased metabolic rate, lower heart rate, and reduced work load of the heart.

• Lowered levels of cortisol and lactate-two chemicals associated with stress.

• Reduction of free radicals- unstable oxygen molecules that can cause tissue damage. They are now thought to be a major factor in aging and in many diseases.

• Decreased high blood pressure.

• Higher skin resistance. Low skin resistance is correlated with higher stress and anxiety levels.

• Drop in cholesterol levels. High cholesterol is associated with cardiovascular disease.

• Improved flow of air to the lungs resulting in easier breathing. This has been very helpful to asthma patients.

• Younger biological age.

• Higher levels of DHEAS in the elderly; lower levels of DHEAS are associated with aging.

Benefits of Meditation

Psychological Benefits

• Increased brain wave coherence. Harmony of brain wave activity in different parts of the brain is associated with greater creativity, improved moral reasoning, and higher IQ.

• Decreased anxiety.

• Decreased depression.

• Decreased irritability and moodiness.

• Improved learning ability and memory.

• Increased self-actualization.

• Increased feelings of vitality and rejuvenation.

• Increased happiness.

• Increased emotional stability.

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