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How can I learn to be spiritual?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)

You can learn to be spiritual primarily through training your brain with transcendent experiences - that is, altering your state of conscious to focus on a sacred image or thought, through such things as meditation and prayer.

Maybe you got your first taste of prayer before a meal or before going to bed. Maybe you pray every Sunday or every day. Or maybe the only time you ever prayed was in the half-second that your car hydroplaned on the highway. Clearly, we all have different perceptions of what praying means - and what it does. And like many other things, prayer works for some people and doesn't do diddly for others. (There's a lot of conflicting data out there to do with the effects of prayer, proving just that.) For me, prayer doesn't mean asking for a specific answer or outcome (give us rain?), but rather giving us the ability to cope with a desperate situation (the drought). The purpose of prayer isn't to change the Divine or alter what your god (or God) is thinking (or doing), but rather to change you - to give you the strength to manage tough times. Prayer, to me, is somewhat interchangeable with meditation in that it's silent contemplation.

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