What is MindFULness?
We have the key to unlock all the gifts that we have been given. The gifts of joy, freedom, creativity, and peace. The key to unlocking these gifts is called mindfulness. One way to mindfulness is to quiet the mind through breathing exercises that will allow you to reinvigorate your life and live abundantly, and therefore, more mindfully. This is meditation.
Merian Webster says that “meditation is to engage in mental exercise for the purpose of reaching a heightened level of spiritual awareness.” It is similar to any other exercise we participate in like running, hiking, or playing tennis. It is a mental exercise that should be practiced and mastered to fulfill our higher sense of self.
Firstly, meditation has had proven results to decrease anxiety, depression, improve sleep, provide clarity and peace of mind, slow down the aging process and consequently, improving our overall health and wellness.
Meditation is a powerful tool that allows us to take control of our lives in ways we never dreamed possible. It allows us to live in the present moment and acquire a certain stillness and peaceful way of being. This helps us be more accepting of our circumstances instead of trying to force things or be angry at our current set of circumstances.
What is CHRISTIAN mindFULness?
Meditative prayer is a perfect way to channel the divine and Jesus’ divine gifts. In fact, The “Catechism of the Catholic Church” says that Meditation is above all a quest. The mind seeks to understand the why and how of the Christian life, in order to adhere and respond to what the Lord is asking (meditation 2705). Notice how it says to adhere and respond to what the Lord is asking of us. Sometimes it is not about what we need from Him but what He needs from us as well. How do we know unless we quiet our minds and listen?
Moreover, the word quest means to “search” for something. We are searching to hear His voice so we can follow Him down the correct path for our lives. Remember, “I am the good shepherd; I know my own sheep, and they know me, just as my Father knows me and I know the Father. So I sacrifice my life for the sheep….. They will listen to my voice, and there will be one flock with one shepherd” John 10:14-16. Like a Good Shepherd, He is ready to guide us when we are ready to follow. We just have to be quiet and listen!
He is the Good Shepherd and we are the sheep. Sometimes we forget that our relationship with Jesus is in fact, a relationship! Merian Webster defines a relationship as “the way in which two or more talk to, behave toward, and deal with each other.” Notice the words, TWO or more. Sometimes when we pray we make a list of requests and drone on and on about the things that we need or want. This is more common than not in our hectic and busy lives. Jesus is our friend and wants to take care of us. However, we should try to remember that the term relationship refers to TWO or more TALKING to one another. That means that Jesus is trying to talk to us! What he is he trying to say? We don’t know until we learn how to listen.
This is where meditation comes in.
If this sounds good to you, come on in and stay a while, let’s practice peace, together with Jesus by our side.