Can a Christian Practice Mindfulness?
Grounding Yourself in the Present Moment and Focusing on God
by J.M. Troppello
I hear the gentle breeze rustling through the nearby tree leaves. I feel the breeze on my skin as it blows wisps of my hair on my face. I see the tall green grass of the field below our deck blowing in the wind. I smell the scent of the herbs from our nearby herb garden. I taste the cool, refreshing water from my stainless steel water bottle.
I had never heard of the 5 Senses Exercise until my sister mentioned it at a recent family function. She said that she uses it sometimes to help her daughters relax when they are stressed or acting out.
We all tried the 5 senses exercise that day as we sat outside my mom’s house, embracing nature. It was a fun exercise and a new way to interact with each other.
According to Katherine Hurst from TheLawofAttraction.com:
“The basic premise of this exercise is that reconnecting with all your senses can ground you in the present moment, putting a stop to your racing thoughts.”
How a Christian Can Practice Mindfulness
I do yoga. I do pilates and plyometrics.
I do these exercises to relieve stress, improve my flexibility and balance, and enhance muscle tone.
However, I don’t indulge in the deeper practice of meditation through yoga. If I do remain in one pose for a bit of time—like crouched over in child’s pose on the floor—I focus on God, not clearing my mind through meditation.
According to Dictionary.com:
“Mindfulness is the quality or state of being conscious or aware of something. It is a mental state achieved by focusing one’s awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one’s feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations, used as a therapeutic technique.”
I do believe that a Christian can practice mindfulness.
Being Present – Jesus encourages you not to worry about tomorrow (Matt. 6:34), because “tomorrow will worry about its own things…” Be present in each moment. Open your soul and spirit to the peace God wants to give you.
Accepting Reality – Romans 12:12 encourages you to be “rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing steadfastly in prayer.” Accept the reality of what is but move forward in faith that God can do miraculous things.
Embracing the Holy Spirit – In John 14:26, Jesus says that the “Helper, the Holy Spirit,” is sent by God to teach you and remind you what Jesus said. Embrace the comfort of the Holy Spirit throughout all times in your life.
Focusing on Faith – Hebrews 11:1 says, “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” As you move forward in your walk with the Lord, focus on cultivating your faith in Him and the power of His Word.
As a Christian, you can practice mindfulness by being present in each moment and not allowing stress to overtake your life. Accept the reality of your circumstances while trusting God to make a way where there seems to be no way. Embrace the Holy Spirit as your guiding light through this circuitous path of life. Focus on developing your faith each day.
About the Author
J.M. Troppello is an author, writer, and poet. She is the publisher of the online Christian lifestyle magazine, Mustard Seed Sentinel.
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