Mindfulness – Christian Mindfulness

Following is all cut an paste from other web pages…

And there’s no denying that scientific studies have shown quite conclusively for many years now that meditation has positive effects on both brain function and bodily health.

 

The big question is, can Christians meditate? Of course!

  • “Within your temple, O God, we meditate on your unfailing love.” Psalm 48:9
  • “Your commandments make me wiser…I have more insight than all my teachers, for your testimonies are my meditation.” Psalm 119:99
  • I remember you upon my bed, and meditate on you in the watches of the night.” Psalm 63:6
  • “May these words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer.” Psalm 19:14
  • “Isaac went out to meditate in the field toward evening…” Genesis 24:63
  • “Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.” Colossians 3:2
  • “Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things…practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.” Philippians 4:8-9
  • “When you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.” Matthew 6:6
  • “Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed.” Mark 1:35

 

Now, let me highlight just a couple of the areas where I believe mindfulness and Christianity blend so wonderfully:

1. Mindfulness embodies the Christian tokens of love and acceptance.

2. Mindfulness allows Christians to blossom in their faith.

3. Mindfulness allows you to connect to your body “as a temple to honor God.”

Concern #1 — “As a Christian, mindfulness goes against my theology, as it is a Buddhist practice.”

 

It is true that mindfulness has roots in Buddhism. However, the mindfulness that is typically taught in business and academic settings is completely Westernized. It is purposefully devoid of spiritual or religious connotations and focuses simply on the act of awareness.

 

Concern #2 —“As a Christian, mindfulness is about ‘clearing the mind.’ This action opens a gateway to demonic/evil forces, thoughts or actions.”

 

Mindfulness is not about clearing. In fact, it is pretty much the opposite of that.

 

Mindfulness, on every level regardless of which exercise you are doing (mindful breathing, walking, hearing, etc.), is about bringing awareness to thought. What is “cleared” is the overwhelming majority of thoughts — mindfulness teaches how to quiet the incessant dialogue that truly ravages our brain to then bring forth clarity and calm.

 

 

http://jaredwhite.com/essays/christian-mindfulness-is-it-even-possible

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