In this blog post we will explore how practicing mindfulness can lead to increased self-awareness and insight. What does it mean for Christians to live with an awareness that they are loved by God? As followers of Jesus Christ, what difference does living in such a way make in our daily lives and interactions with others?
Why do Christians have a bad interpretation of Mindfulness?
It is extremely difficult to define mindfulness and the research on it has not come up with a universal definition. Mindfulness can be defined as “awareness of oneself, one’s actions, attitudes, or thoughts in the present moment.” It also means “the state (as during meditation) in which an individual focuses exclusively on what is happening internally.”
The problem with Christians having a bad interpretation of mindfulness is that they are not aware of what the word actually means. Mindfulness can be used in many different ways and it’s important to know why you want or need to practice this form of meditation, since there are some negative effects associated with practicing without an understanding. It is also important to know that mindfulness is not a form of religious practice and does not require any type of religious affiliation.
Mindfulness helps us to be present with our thoughts, feelings, body sensations, and surroundings in every moment – even when we are faced with difficult emotions or experiences – which can lead to greater emotional regulation. It also has been linked to improved physical health, reduced anxiety and depression, improved cognitive function and decreased chronic pain.
Ultimately mindfulness is a practice that can help us to live in the present moment rather than worrying about what has happened or what could happen. It gives people an opportunity to slow down their thoughts so they are able to make more informed decisions with intentionality and kindness.
Self-awareness is not only the awareness of one’s thoughts, feelings or physical sensations. Self-awareness also encompasses an understanding and acceptance of who we are in relation to our values, emotions, strengths and limitations. It understands that no single person has all the answers but by working together there can be synergy which leads to better outcomes for everyone.
I used to think that mindfulness had something to do with yoga (an eastern religion practice), but it doesn’t. Mindfulness is simply being constantly aware of what your thinking all the time.
Is Mindfulness being selfish and prideful?
It is important to understand that mindfulness does not call for the exclusion of any other feeling, thought or sensation but rather an awareness and acceptance of all. There are also negative consequences associated with practicing without understanding. When someone practices mindfulness without a deeper intentionality it can lead to feelings of selfishness and pridefulness which goes against what Christians believe in.
Can Christians practice mindfulness? Yes and no. It’s important to be mindful of what your mine is doing during the day because that is how you have control over your life. A person that is not mindful of their thoughts is easily taken in by everything that is going on around them.
But there’s a risk for those that do not understand what mindfulness is, and could end up selfish and prideful as they think it’s about being focus on “self”.
In christianity, the commandment is to love your neighbour as yourself. But if someone is “self-centered”, they can’t see their neighbour’s point of view or needs and it might be difficult to love them back when they’re not showing any empathy towards others.
Being mindful that God loves you
When we learn to practice mindfulness, we can discipline ourselves to reject those thoughts that come from the enemy that tell you that God doesn’t love you. When that truth is that those who are His, He promises not to forsake us, and He loves us just as we are.
Being constantly mindful of this truth and rejecting those lies can be a way to experience more wholeness in our lives. It helps us develop a better relationship with the Yeshua, we experience His love and in return we naturally love our neighbor as ourselves.