How To Be Mindful

In a demanding and ever changing environment, people are continuously aspiring to be better… in every way…

If old patterns are not working, then it’s quite clear it might be you who needs to change. The Bible defines how we should live.  It is not enough to read and know all this information, but we have a responsibility to put it into practice and change how we think, act and react…

In the journey of life, we are continuously evolving and if we are to become the best version of ourselves… then we need to be mindful of our attitudes and behaviours repeatedly…

Based on ‘Using Mindfulness Skills in Every day, A Practical Life Guide by Christine Dundley and Maggie Stanton, here are 5 steps to consider.

1| What is it?

Mindfulness is simply being aware and in the present moment… When you are unmindful you revert to auto pilot which is doing things without being aware of what you are doing…
This is a practical everyday skill that once learnt will bring many benefits… So if you choose to learn it… you will need to practice it… As is the case in learning any new skill you need to be open minded and patient with yourself…

2| How will it benefit me?

By helping you to gain control over ~ the worrying thoughts about doing everything right or in some cases not doing things right the negative thoughts that come into your mind and you start to judge yourself harshly about whether you are good enough…

3| Why start now?

In learning to be mindful, you will have the ability to pursue an activity without attaching this to an outcome…
For example ‘how many times do we do something just to get to something else rather than noticing that these are the moments of our life ticking away?’

  •  Stop escaping to the past
  • Or Judging yourself
  • Or Making assumptions
  • Or Predicting the worst
  • Or Daydreaming into the future
4| Finding Practical Tips

Take every thought captive to Christ’s authority [2 Corinthians 10:5]…

Do simple things to learn how to be mindful, for example find a moment to enjoy a sunny day in your garden or in the park or meadow…

Define the focus of your attention…

Consider the 3 A’s when doing this.

  • Attention

Bring your attention back when it wanders. Ask questions like how long am I off what I had set out to focus on.

  • Awareness

Be aware of when your attention was distracted. By emotions, thoughts, assumptions, judgements. And the way I want things to be done.

  • Acceptance

Begin to learn that you cannot solve all your problems right now.  But be mindful and find ways to relax. Rest in Christ alone [Psalms 62:5-12].

5| Time To Reflect

Paul gives us a lot of advice in how to live as a Christian… not being shaped by this world but having a new way of thinking [Romans 12:2]… focusing on things that are true, good, pure [Philippians 4:8-9]… in following Christ, to encourage and help each other [Hebrews 3:12]… and run with the intention to win! [I Corinthians 9:24-27]…

If your focus is trusting that God is in control… then every time you wander from this you can notice what you are doing…
Being mindful does not take away your problems… but it helps you to see problems, people, situations in a different way because you are being mindful of when your mind tries to tell you a story based on past experiences which may be filled with negative judgment, presumption, emotions…

If you approached every situation in a mindful way… so much of the negative judgment, presumption, emotions would not be attached to simply enjoy this moment as a present.

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