There has been a thread of mindfulness running through each of my posts on spirituality, but it bears repeating for this final post. Mindfulness essentially is a state of being more aware, more awake. It is the state of being here and witnessing deeply everything that happens in the present moment, aware of what is going on within and without. One of my favorite quotes from Carl Jung is – “Bidden or not bidden, God is present”. If that is true, then mindfulness is a state of centering and opening your eyes to where God is present in any given moment.
The great news about mindfulness is that it is a skill that can be developed, much like a muscle. Over time, it becomes easier and easier to practice and integrate into daily life. Here are a few tips to settle in:
Slow. Slow your breathing, your thoughts, and your movement (if any). Settle in to rhythmic breathing and do a brief body check, truly feeling what you are experiencing.
Invite God. Ask God to be with you, that you might notice where God is present.
Turn your attention to noticing. What do you experience in head, heart, and body? Is God speaking in any of those places? Don’t strive, just listen.
Thanks for coming along on this journey with me of exploring a more conscious spirituality. With more mindfulness in our lives, may we be ever more awake to where God is present.