When we make the decision of contemplating on Christ and make an attempt to live moment by moment in His presence we hope there is a spiritual benefit in our experience. We want to see positive results for our effort and want to have the affirmation that God is pleased with us. However, the act of contemplation and Mindful Christianity is not practicing meditation or prayer for spiritual gain, but for the awareness of no longer being separated from God.
Contemplation is learning to center our hearts in Christ by letting go of the thoughts that trap our minds in the past and releasing the thoughts that create fear for our future. We also mistakenly believe when we meditate and contemplate on God, we will have a spiritual experience that will lift us above the fray here on earth and give us a spiritual insight into how to avoid the everyday struggles of life. Contemplative prayer and Mindful Christianity are not about earning brownie points with God and that nothing will ever go wrong in our lives.
For those who find God through contemplative and meditative practice, the reward is the awareness of being united in the presence of God no longer held hostage by our past history or unknown futures. Spiritual fulfillment is found in the discovery that when we turn loose of our past and no longer are worried about our future, there is nothing that compares to living in the presence of “The Resurrected Christ” in the here and now.
It is a sign of spiritual maturity to accept the present moment as God’s will no matter what is happening to us. When we learn to live in the moment, we are no longer isolated, alone and separated from God, and the acceptance of that truth produces eternal blessing and hope in our lives.
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