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MINDFULNESS
Wednesday, February 2, 2022 by Leona Choy

I honestly wasn't very familiar with this word in my previous Bible study until I began to come across it a few times lately. I looked for a definition. Generally speaking, “mindfulness is the technique of deliberately focusing your attention on the present.”

You don’t let yourself be distracted by other thoughts constantly running through your head. You clear “noise” from your mind. It's similar to the spiritual classic “The Practice of the Presence of God” by the monk, Brother Lawrence (born Nicolas Herman in 1605), a Carmelite friar. The theme of his collected writings, as he learned to practice it while on tedious kitchen duty in his monastery, is the development of an awareness of the presence of God at all times. A must-read for every Christian.

Mindfulness is also characterized by meditation and relaxation techniques. The idea is to become more self-aware. You pay attention to your thoughts, feelings, and sensations in that moment — without purposefully deciding whether they’re good or bad, and without becoming overwhelmed or overly reactive. In short, you tune in to what’s real right now.

Like anything, mindfulness can be misunderstood and misapplied. However, properly understood, it doesn’t contradict the Christian faith. The point is not to empty our minds. We need to approach it in a biblical way. “Christian mindfulness” adds an essential dimension—the presence of a personal God who communes with us and redeems us as we are mindful of His presence with us in the moment.

Secular mindfulness is personal and horizontal: you pay attention to yourself, so as to be more present for others. Christian mindfulness introduces a vertical, unique dimension: you are paying attention to who God is and your relationship with Him through His grace to you in Jesus.

Scripture teaches us to “take every thought captive” (2 Corinthians 10:5). We are to “be transformed” by renewing our minds (Romans 12:2) and to practice God-honoring thoughts (Philippians 4:9). The Apostle Paul encourages believers in Philippi (Philippians 2:1-5).to be consciously mindful of the present benefits of being united to Christ. All Christians are called to be mindful—mindful of our unity with Christ and the presence of His Spirit.

As we go about our daily lives with all the stresses and busyness, it is necessary to pause and be mindful of God’s presence with us and in us, His care for us, and the new power that He has provided to face each moment of each day.

One way we are to be “mindful” Christians is through prayer: we are to “pray without ceasing” (I Thessalonians 5 v 17). The word “without ceasing” does not mean “non-stop” but to punctuate our daily lives with intervals of prayer at all times—a moment by moment mindfulness of God’s presence with us.

To practice Christian mindfulness we must be intentional to find ways and times to slow down and allow ourselves to be mindful of our identity in Christ—who we are and who He is. As we do, we allow His peace to flow like liquid love over us bringing calmness. With that awareness, we can live with gratitude and move towards others with compassion.

The Bible has a lot to say about calming our minds, letting go of our anxiety, and keeping a vertical focus on the One who lovingly created us and knows us intimately. Meditation in the Bible context means spending time immersing our thoughts in God and His Word. (Psalm 48:9; Psalm 63:6). We should focus on Jesus and think about true, admirable things (Hebrews 12:2; Philippians 4:8). Christians shouldn’t let themselves be distracted by worrying about anything (Matthew 6:25-34).

Such pauses throughout the day and night to simply “live in the present moment” and not in the past nor in the future is to practice Christian mindfulness. It isn't as easy as one would think. Our minds are easily distracted. We need to practice anchoring ourselves in the moment.

The following meditation may help us toward mindfulness as we learn to sit perfectly still and meditate on Psalm 46:10, Amplified, and other versions. “Be still and know that I am God.” Think on the translations of this verse below:

“Surrender your anxiety, be in awe, stop striving, desist, realize, let go of your concerns, calm down, recognize and understand, step out of the traffic, take a long, loving look at Me, your High God, above politics, above everything.”

https://youtu.be/rZb5fN_YEbQ

The meditation cycles and repeats deliberately, so listen however long you desire to help you achieve Christian mindfulness in the present moment.

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Comments

James Huang From Hong Kong At 2/4/2022 12:22:50 AM

Dear Auntie Leona,I have put six web links of my music into your message of your Face Book. God bless you!

Reply by: Leona Choy

Thank you, James. I do appreciate listening to them.

Dot From Dan At 2/3/2022 12:21:30 PM

"Like liquid love"! - let it flow

Reply by: Leona Choy

Hope your knee is better. Living in the late 90s is no picnic in the park, huh? I feel more fragile by the day but God helps me keep up with His assignment. So many "faculties" seem to be wearing out. Now it's my eyesight that has taken a slip--upon which I depend for my writing. What is your main physical/mental concern? I love you,good buddy

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“You Have the Right to Remain Silent”
Leona Choy
10/31/2019

WHO IS SHAKING MY TREE?
Leona Choy
10/30/2019

WHO IS THE BOSS OF ME?
Leona Choy
10/15/2019

LORD, MOVE MY MOUNTAIN!
Leona Choy
10/13/2019

ANOTHER WAITING ROOM
Leona Choy
10/11/2019

DON'T BE SHEEPISH
Leona Choy
10/10/2019

THE VALUE OF SELF-TALK
Leona Choy
9/28/2019

LASER PRAYER
Leona Choy
9/27/2019

THANKS FOR THE MEMORY
Leona Choy
9/12/2019

CARRY ME, FATHER
Leona Choy
9/5/2019

MY PERSONAL SPIRITUAL WORKOUT
Leona Choy
9/4/2019

PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS?
Leona Choy
9/1/2019

Lessons from My Cup
Leona Choy
8/20/2019

STRAW & THE CAMEL'S BACK
Leona Choy
8/7/2019

BECOMING MORE "FRUITY"
Leona Choy
7/10/2019

CREATIVE ENCOUNTERS
Leona Choy
7/3/2019

PITCHING IT RIGHT
Leona Choy
6/30/2019

“WHAT DO YOU WANT TO DO WHEN YOU GROW UP?”
Leona Choy
6/25/2019

34580 and COUNTING
Leona Choy
6/18/2019

MOUNTAINS AND MOLEHILLS
Leona Choy
6/14/2019

CHEERLEADING
Leona Choy
6/6/2019

HANDS ON THE PLOW
Leona Choy
5/22/2019

WAITING FOR GRADUATION DAY
Leona Choy
5/17/2019

I THINK BOOKS
Leona Choy
5/13/2019

ONLY TALK WITH YOUR MOUTH FULL!
Leona Choy
5/4/2019

HO-HUM FAITH
Leona Choy
4/18/2019

BREATHTAKING THOUGHTS
Leona Choy
4/7/2019

TOO MUCH ON MY PLATE?
Leona Choy
3/31/2019

EARTH SUIT vs SPACE SUIT: Increasing Tension
Leona Choy
3/4/2019

AVOIDING A SPIRITUAL "OOPS!"
Leona Choy
3/1/2019

PURSUING WISDOM
Leona Choy
2/19/2019

A THORNY MATTER
Leona Choy
2/15/2019

A SOMEWHAT GRUMPY CHAT WITH GOD
Leona Choy
2/12/2019

A FISH STORY
Leona Choy
2/8/2019

LET'S EAT NOODLES TOGETHER!
Leona Choy
1/21/2019

SATISFIED--A SECRET TO SHARE
Leona Choy
1/11/2019

STILL RUNNING
Leona Choy
12/29/2018

RESISTANCE TO ASSISTANCE
Leona Choy
12/6/2018

CHALLENGE OF THE FOURTH QUARTER
Leona Choy
11/26/2018

KEEPING A TRADITION
Leona Choy
11/15/2018

PUBLISHING FUND PROGRESS
Leona Choy
11/5/2018

"GOING STEADY" WITH MY "SUGAR CANE"
Leona Choy
11/3/2018

A SHOUT-OUT FOR A NEW BUTTERFLY
Leona Choy
10/31/2018

THANKSGIVING IN OCTOBER
Leona Choy
10/7/2018

REPEAT OFFENDERS
Leona Choy
9/30/2018

SHINING WHEN YOUR BATTERY IS LOW
Leona Choy
9/21/2018

I DESERVE IT...DESERVE IT NOT....
Leona Choy
9/13/2018

WHAT'S IN A NAME?
Leona Choy
9/10/2018

WAITING FOR GOD'S DUE TIME
Leona Choy
9/3/2018

STONES AND COVERUPS AND HOLY EARS
Leona Choy
8/31/2018

IT'S ALL ABOUT SHOES
Leona Choy
8/29/2018

THE HOLY SPIRIT IS MY CELL TOWER
Leona Choy
8/27/2018

REJUVENATION GOD'S WAY
Leona Choy
8/17/2018

STUCK IN THE MUD?
Leona Choy
8/13/2018

TWINKLE TWINKLE LITTLE STAR
Leona Choy
8/8/2018

WHEN'S A GOOD TIME TO "EXULT"?
Leona Choy
7/30/2018

Survey For the Calendar-Challenged
Leona Choy
7/25/2018

Destiny Decisions
Leona Choy
7/19/2018

BEDROOM SLIPPERS OR HIKING BOOTS?
Leona Choy
7/18/2018

Hurrah for the Prepper Bridesmaids!
Leona Choy
7/13/2018

THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS?
Leona Choy
7/10/2018

BARNACLES
Leona Choy
6/5/2018