10 Things About Learning Mindfulness As A Christian

Is mindfulness Christian?

Is it beneficial or not?

These are questions I cannot answer for you… but if being a Christian is a lifestyle then it is about a relationship with a living God not a religion… so you know where your identity lies…

This means that reading the bible and knowing what it says is simply not enough… as James 1:22-25 states you have to put into action what you read… which means practicing what God’s word enlightens your heart to do… and Paul encourages us to renew our thinking continually…

In understanding mental health… and neuroscience, mindfulness is a skill that is learned… there are many benefits to learning which is the acquisition of knowledge or skills through study, experience, or being taught… to gain an understanding of, or become proficient in, grasp, absorb, assimilate, digest and familiarise your self with something…

How many times have you allowed your mind to wander so far away from the present moment and the activity you are doing right now?

Thought processes can be changed… if we learn to recognise and observe these thought patterns… we can change them…

So here are 10 Things About Learning Mindfulness as a Christian…

1| It is being in control of your thinking, instead of allowing your mind to be in control of you…

By purposely paying attention in the present moment without prudence…

2| It is not judging your judgments…

Which helps us control how we respond to our emotions and teaches us self-control…

By not getting caught up in the content of all the thoughts that pass and drift through your mind… often unconsciously… instead label these thoughts and the urges they bring…

By not looking at what should be said or done… or what others think you should say or do or how you should behave…

But the fruit of the Spirit [the result of His presence within us] is love [unselfish concern for others], joy, [inner] peace, patience [not the ability to wait, but how we act while waiting], kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Galatians 5:22-23 (ESV)

3| It is deciding what you want to put your attention on…

By doing one thing at a time… right now if you are reading a book, then relax and enjoy it… simply do just that…

4| It is taking notice of the experience right now, whatever that is…

By taking in the current sights, sounds and environment around you… so if you are walking in the park… it is not to be confused with relaxation… however, in the long-term acquiring this technique will help you become more relaxed as a person…

5| It requires practice, the key to learning any skill…

By remaining in the current moment … and emotions… allowing yourself to experience what you are right now… then let it go, have the moment and let it go… not grasp any thoughts (either fact or fantasy) that filter through your mind… and act and react to them…

6| It is recognising thought patterns…

In time you can apply being mindful into everyday life…

Like sitting down to enjoy a meal and absorbing the experience… rather than worrying about your to do list or what has to be done tomorrow or any cares of life to burden you in that moment…

When you learn to do one thing at a time … there will be moments you can then be mindful of difficult matters like sorting out the bills or chores or maintenance of a home…

7| It teaches you how to worry less…

Practice being mindful… then generalise it to every part of daily life… so when you have worrying thoughts… don’t listen to them…

In time you will learn how to recognise and label negative thoughts for example ‘worry thoughts’ quicker … then let them go and bring your attention back to what you are doing… by mindful participation in the activity at hand … through mindful observation of the environment around you…

8| It is training your mind…

By bringing it back to the actual moment of what is happening rather than your mind’s version of it…

The mind is a mental muscle… the element of a person that enables them to be aware of the world and their experiences, to think, and to feel; the faculty of consciousness and thought…

9| It is observing your judgments and taking a non-judgmental stance…

Like practicing a musical instrument… the more you practice the more proficient you become in understanding and fine tuning…

You will soon recognise what is fact and what is simply negative thoughts pulling you down… the more you are mindful in every situation… the easier it will become…

10| It requires daily reflection…

This is where reading God’s word… praying and simply spending time with God will help you develop your mind according to His Word… and help you change your thinking, attitudes, actions, reactions, behaviours in every situation…

Instead of following your mind racing onto everything you have to do… involve yourself in what you are doing right now this very moment… it is turning off stress and learning to live without unnecessary fear and anxiety… Allow Christ to protect your mind and guard your heart…

Do not be anxious or worried about anything, but in everything [every circumstance and situation] by prayer and petition with thanksgiving, continue to make your [specific] requests known to God.

And the peace of God [that peace which reassures the heart, that peace] which transcends all understanding, [that peace which] stands guard over your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus [is yours].

Philippians 4:6-7 (AMP)

 

[This is Living, Hillsong Young&Free]

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