Mindful Christianity – 3 Things Christians Can Learn From Mindfulness
I am a Christian and I love mindfulness. there, I said it. I think it is a beautiful practice that has true benefits to our mental AND spiritual health. I do not follow it as some religion by any means but taking time to invest in your mental health is something that the good ole’ USA needs a bit more of. We are a country of constants, and by that I mean constantly moving and never stopping. So to know that there is an awareness of our state of mind is refreshing.
Why do we need the ‘Mindfulness movement’ to tell us this though? Hasn’t the bible taught us this all along? As followers of Christ shouldn’t we invest in our own minds? These are questions I have set out to answer. Here are my top 3 things Christians could learn from mindfulness.
1. Take time to meditate. – I love meditation. I think I might scare people when in a prayer meeting I will just sit in the back, legs crossed, palms up, and won’t move the entire time. I love the feeling of focusing my mind and telling my body it must submit. Every nerve wants to twitch and move but I have to make the effort to stay perfectly still. It is something that feels silly to start but once you do, you will never quit. Your emotions begin to demand it. You feel drained if you do not take the time to do it.
As a Christian we should always be focussing on what God has for us. When I meditate I do not just throw everything out and leave my mind empty. I place something back in. I use it to find that one thing God is laying on my heart and that becomes the cornerstone of my thoughts. To me, Meditating on His Word is so much more than just thinking about it. It is getting alone and getting still enough to truly hear what God is saying.
Summing it all up, friends, I’d say you’ll do best by filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious—the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse. Put into practice what you learned from me, what you heard and saw and realized. Do that, and God, who makes everything work together, will work you into his most excellent harmonies. (Philippians 4:8-9 MSG)
2. Renew your state of mind. – Our mental health determines what we are able to do. If our mind is tired than we lose our focus. If our mind is weak than we fall victim to the worlds perspective. If our mind is angry than we judge everything accordingly.
our state of mind is very important to our walk with Christ. We have to keep our thought life and our emotions pure and on the right track in order to become effective at ministering to others. In order to reach others we have to first reach into ourselves.
And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God. (Romans 12:2 NKJV)
3. Learn to live in the moment. – It is easy to get caught up planning for the future. It is even easier to get trapped in the problems of the past. It is ironic that the least lived time is the time we currently are living. To insinuate that we should focus on today is almost insulting to some. I am not saying to abandon your plans. I am a planner and I plan to always be a planner! (See what I did there?) We just need not forget the moment we are in.
Jesus told us to not concern ourselves with the problems of the future. God understands the value of living life in the moment. That is why man was not originally created with a sense of time. Then, we only knew of our current moments. It was not until sin entered the picture that man began to fear his future and regret his past. We need to learn to forgive our past, expect our future, but live our present.
Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matthew 6:34 NIV)
If we learned to incorporate these 3 things into our walk with Christ I know we would be amazed at how much we would learn about God, ourselves, and those around us.