I just saw this cover from Time magazine (again) – maybe you’ve seen it at the checkout line at the grocery store, too?
Clearly, this is a best-seller for Time magazine, and it’s now fairly common knowledge that mindfulness is good for us. Like eating broccoli, exercising, and petting your dog.
But what does mindfulness – a term that comes from Buddhist practice or is taught as a “secular” practice – have to do with Christian prayer?
Can mindfulness help deepen your prayer relationship with God? Or is it a foreign practice that Christians should avoid?
I’ve talked with some Christians who say that if we practice mindfulness it gives demonic forces the chance to enter our minds.
With all these conflicting claims around us, it can be hard to know who (or what) to trust. And, sadly, this confusion prevents some people from exploring the benefits of any kind of mindfulness or meditation, whether it’s Buddhist, secular, or Christian.
Let me give you just two quick examples:
- Mindfulness immediately lowers the amount of cortisol in your bloodstream. Cortisol is the “stress hormone” and high levels can contribute to heart disease and burnout.
- 5 minutes a day for two weeks creates permanent brain changes that help to reduce activity in your amygdala, the part of your brain that triggers you into panic (your fight-or-flight response)
It seems to me that God desires these good things for us. “For surely I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for your welfare and not for harm, to give you a future with hope” (Jeremiah 29:11).
But that doesn’t mean you have to go out and enroll in a mindfulness class. Because here’s the good news: when you learn Centering for Wisdom, you will automatically begin to develop mindfulness. (It’s impossible for you NOT to learn it.)
When you notice your thoughts and emotions, and you learn how to stay centered without reacting to them, you’re cultivating mindfulness.
But Centering for Wisdom is so much more than that! With Centering for Wisdom your main focus is on deepening your relationship with Christ. Mindfulness and all the benefits that come from it are just the secondary benefits and graces that we receive when we grow in our relationship with God.
AND some research even indicates that people who practice meditation as a form of faithful prayer benefit even more than those who did it for purely “health-related” or “secular” reasons. Duh! – you already know that, because you know the importance of faith. (But it’s nice when the science picks up on it, too!).
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