Have you heard of “mindfulness”?
I was first introduced to the concept of mindfulness last year (2016) in New Jersey. It was a part of a series of personal phone coaching sessions required by our health insurance, through Troy’s company, in order to receive a special discount.
Last year around the same time in the spring I was experiencing the physical ramifications of spiritual and emotional turmoil as a result of sin in my life. It wasn’t a coincidence to me that while this coaching session was meant to make me mindful of my food choices and eating habits, God was using it to make me more aware of my spiritual temperature and spiritual habits.
Here are my notes on the Mindfulness Coaching Session:
Goal: To make healthy eating choices and give us all the nutrients we need to repair our body and restore it (www.choosemyplate.gov)
- “Being Mindful” – It’s thinking about what you’re doing versus mindless (becoming self-aware).
- Have “healthy choices” readily available
- Don’t bring unhealthy choices into your home
- Have other alternatives, which are not as bad, then eliminate those eventually.
- Discussed food groups: Bake or Broil, or BBQ your meat to allow fat to drip off.
- Create a home exercise plan
- Think about activity you’re doing and how many minutes it takes to do those things.
- Moment to pause – To become aware of your “breathing”; helps your mind to be in tune to what your body is doing.
- “Be mindful” of the whole foods versus processed food you eat.
Writing the notes I started realizing what God was speaking to me personally. Just as I was told to take in more whole physical foods, I came to the conclusion I needed to spend even more time in the pure Word of God, instead of participating in mostly topical bible studies.
These are some of the questions that I began to ask myself:
- Am I spending time in “quiet” time to focus on breathing deeply, listening to the “breath” or Spirit of God?
- Am I in tune with God’s Spirit as much as I am “tuned in” to the physical world?
- What one thing can I do today to be more spiritually in tune with God?
I told myself, “Work on at least one new thing a week until you are fully aware of your need for, not only physical food, but the Word of God to feed your soul!
I ended my notes by writing, “Here we are as Americans focusing on what we eat physically. But, are we as Christians, which we should focus on being first, being more mindful of what we our spiritual diet actually is?”
(End of notes)
It was easy to admit that my dietary choices weren’t always the best, but it was eye opening to apply the Mindfulness principle to what God was convicting me about. It made me more aware of how much God loves me.
If I hadn’t taken the time to listen to God’s voice in the midst of this mundane and required coaching session for my physical well-being, I might have missed what He had for me to “digest” and get nutrition for my soul, which will last longer than my physical body.
Today, as I write this and share my heart with you, it’s my desire that you too will take a moment to be mindful of what God is speaking into your heart. While driving to and from your home or playing at the park, be mindful!
I had a very rough month since I wrote to you last. You will hear more about it as the wounds heal and as people are ready to share. In the meantime I wanted to give you something to chew on (pun intended!) so that you, like me, may have the courage to share hard things with others when it is more difficult. What draws others to God in us is not the accusatory remarks, but the extended arms of love and acceptance. God draws people to himself through the sacrifice of His Son, Jesus, dying on the cross for us.
“But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness. Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me’.” (2 Corinthians 12:9, NIV)
It is my hope that you may see God in my family and me, not because it sometimes looks like we may have any “easy” life, but because in the midst of our struggles we hang on to God with all our strength. This is the time to be mindful of the promises of God.
So whatever you are going through right now, devastating news of a loved one with cancer, shocking news of abuse in the family, or the unexpected divorce of an unexpected couple, hang on to God’s promises because they will never let you down!
When life gives you manure and dirt, give it back to God so he may place it in the garden of your heart’s home, where through the breath of His spirit, you may experience true life, and grow deep and rooted in His love, and eventually bear the fruit of His love for you and your love for others.
Being mindful of God’s truth’s,