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Embracing Lent as a Time to Practice Mindfulness

April 15, 2019

 

 “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”  Philippians 4:6-7

 

The simplest definition of mindfulness I can find is “non-judgmental awareness of the present moment”. Mindfulness is when I am paying attention. It is noticing what I am doing, feeling and thinking. The word mindful also means being “attentive”.  Because God is part of our everyday lives, paying attention to God and focusing on God’s kingdom is a fundamental practice of Christian mindfulness.  We Christians can be mindful of Christ by making our thoughts more “Christ aware” and renewing our minds with scripture.

 

Christian meditation can be as simple as sitting still for ten minutes, breathing easily, and repeating a line of Scripture. I like to use “Be still and know that I am God.” This kind of meditation renews our minds and our spirits. It provides a centeredness that helps to listen for God and refocus on what matters most.

 

“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.” - John 14:27

 

 

 

Dear Jesus, help us this Lent to slow down, reflect and appreciate. Not to rush through life without stopping to think about all the gifts we've been given. Help us to be mindful that whatever we do, you will be there. Amen

 

 

 

 

 

                                              

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