Justin Tilghman, Ph.D.
Mindfulness: Finding Balance and Peace in Your Spiritual Practice
Mindfulness has become a popular buzzword in recent years, but what exactly does it mean, and how does it fit in with the teachings of Christianity?
Mindfulness refers to a state of present-moment awareness, where one focuses on their thoughts, feelings, and sensations without judgment. It's a practice that can bring greater peace, clarity, and well-being to those who engage in it regularly.
For Christians, mindfulness can be a valuable addition to their spiritual practice. While mindfulness is not a Christian practice per se, it aligns well with many Christian principles, such as being still, focusing on the present moment, and being attentive to God's presence in our lives.
Here are some ways that mindfulness can complement and enhance your Christian faith:
Stillness: Mindfulness encourages stillness and quiet, which is often lacking in our busy lives. In the stillness, Christians can deepen their connection to God and experience greater peace and clarity in their thoughts and emotions. (Psalm 46:10)
Focusing on the present moment: Mindfulness helps us focus on the present moment and let go of worries about the past or future. This aligns well with the Christian principle of trusting God in the present moment and not worrying about tomorrow (Matthew 6:34).
Connecting with God: Through mindfulness, Christians can cultivate a greater awareness of God's presence in their lives and deepen their relationship with Him. This can lead to a more fulfilling spiritual practice and greater peace in one's life.
Improving mental and physical health: Mindfulness has been shown to have numerous benefits for mental and physical health, including reducing stress, anxiety, and depression. By incorporating mindfulness into their spiritual practice, Christians can experience greater well-being and improve their overall health.
Mindfulness can lead to a more fulfilling spiritual practice. By incorporating mindfulness into your daily routine, you can experience greater peace, clarity, and well-being in your life and deepen your connection to God.
If you'd like to develop or work on a greater sense of God's presence through mindfulness, consider working with me today.