A few years ago, a study by scientists at University College in London gave proof to the saying that love is blind. Researchers studying the brain found that feelings of love can lead to a suppression of activity in the areas of the brain that control critical and judgmental thoughts.
The researchers monitored the brain activity of twenty young mothers as they were shown pictures of their children and of their loved ones. In both cases, the pictures produced increased positive feelings in the women, along with significantly reduced levels of activity in the part of the brain that controls negative judgments.
Commenting on their findings, lead scientist Dr. Andreas Bartels said, “Our research enables us to conclude that human attachment … deactivates networks used for critical social assessment and negative emotions, while it bonds individuals through the involvement of the ‘reward circuitry,’ explaining the power of love to motivate and exhilarate.”
His Love Is Blind. So what does all this scientific jargon have to do with our spiritual lives? Simply this: When we come before Jesus in personal prayer, we are not the only ones doing the…
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