Mindfulness is based on Buddhist Principles, but it can be described without emphasizing Buddhist foundations, according to Phillip G. Monroe, PSY. D. Dr. Monroe states that, “a better process would be to develop a foundation for consciousness and awareness of one’s surroundings using Biblical principles and Christian tradition.”
I struggled with this a little bit- how to marry-up the Mindfulness state and the Bible. The first story that came to mind was the story about Martha and Jesus in Luke Chapter 10:38-41
“As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. 39She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the LORD’s feet listening to what he said. 40But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, “LORD, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!” 41″Martha, Martha,” the LORD answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, 42but few things are needed-or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”
Mary was mindful in her experience with Jesus. Here he was in her sister’s home and all she could do was sit at his feet and listen. She wanted to enjoy her time with this incredible man. This would most likely be the highlight of Mary’s life!
On the other hand, Martha was busy with everything else that went with hosting a party. I can relate to this, for whenever we have guests, I spend a lot of time preparing and throughout the party I probably spend half of my time attending to food and comfort tasks. Except Martha was angry! She was so mad that she actually went to the guest of honor, so he could put Mary in her place: back in the kitchen! Based on the verses, it sounds like Mary got a lot more out of the visit than did Martha, what with her worrying and running about.
I am like Martha as we both missed out on the conversation, the laughter, the joy of being with guests, and Jesus uses this as a lesson for all of us: Spending time with the Lord should be our Number One Priority! It doesn’t matter what is going on around us! Send all the “stuff” off with the wind and bring Jesus into your everyday life.
Recently, the pastor at the church I attend spoke about having a “Posture of Presence.” I love that! Paraphrasing, he said that we are where we should be at this moment in time. He went on to tell us that God lines up our steps just so that we can meet the opportunities He plans for us. Pastor Mark gave some examples of how he always seems to see the people who need him right at the time that they need him.
A Posture of Presence keeps us in the now- what is happening in this exact moment? If I spend my time worrying about the future or regretting my past, I miss out on the joy of the Lord in my life! And Jesus tells us in Matthew 11:28 that if we come to Him, we will find rest for our souls. Part of mindfulness is to find calm and rest in the present. To be able to enjoy the moment without cares and worries. I can relax in the presence of the Lord and relish what he has for me right now.
“You have endowed him with eternal blessings and
Have given him the joy of your presence.” Psalm 21:6