Doing Nothing?

Some people might think of Mindfulness as sitting around doing nothing. The fact is that Mindfulness is observing and participating in whatever is happening in the moment. You don’t even need to be sitting around to participate in Mindfulness, you can practice it at any time doing anything.
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You‘re having an ordinary conversation say, being mindful simply means paying attention. Paying attention to the other person. Paying attention to their words, their body language, to how you feel during the conversation. Selecting the right words to respond back and paying attention to your own body language is being mindful.
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There are so many Bible verses in which God tells us to enjoy being in His presence. He tells us to let the problems fall by the wayside and have a real conversation with Him. While we can’t see His body language, we can be in tune to how we feel when we speak to Him. And there are plenty of verses that describe God’s being to us that we can imagine a loving God focused on us.
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Being mindful in our relationship with God puts our focus on Him. That’s what He wants. For us to trust in Him, to focus on Him.
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“In quietness and trust you will find strength.” Isaiah 30:15
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Being Mindful isn’t doing nothing. It’s asking Wise Mind (God) to replenish our spirits and calm our minds. It’s glorifying this exact moment, this one moment in time. It’s loving the person you’re talking to. It’s loving yourself by finding joy in the Now.
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And it can be especially important to seek God when you are overwrought with emotions. Plenty of times God has calmed me when I have been worried and overwrought. I seek His face and am mindful of His Glory and Power through Mindfulness.
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“Despite all of my emotions I will believe and praise the One who saves me and is my life.” Psalm 42:5
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You don’t have to meditate to be Mindful. You can though, and it can prove to be very calming especially when you our mindful in prayer. But just relaxing in the Spirit and being aware of your surroundings can be done without sitting cross-legged on the floor and meditating.
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I am Mindful now as I write. Feeling my cozy chair, noticing my fingers on the keys of my laptop. Seeing the room I decorated as my office. Knowing that God is here. Seeking His face as I plug away at the keys. Reading His Word as I look for inspiration.
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While I like meditating on God as it brings me closer to Him, I find some of the most beneficial mindfulness exercises can occur while I’m doing something. One of my Mindfulness exercises was written after driving and being mindful as I drove to a meeting. Being Mindful calmed me as I drove, and I was ready to participate when I got to my meeting.
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My husband and I like to sit on our deck swing and look at our backyard, watching birds and squirrels. Sometimes we talk, my husband loves to talk! And sometimes we just sit and watch. That’s Mindfulness. Sitting on the porch listening to my husband is Mindfulness. We grow in our relationship whether we’re just watching or talking.
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So the next time you think you have to get in a yoga position and meditate to practice mindfulness, just be where you are and pay attention.

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