May 16, 2019

One of Richard Rohr’s most insightful teachings, “We cannot attain the presence of God because we’re already totally in the presence of God. What’s absent is awareness.” God is always present. The problem is our minds distract us from envisioning that reality. Don’t let your mind distract you from that reality. The New Testament writers communicate God lives within our being. Paul writes, in 1 Corinthians 6:19, “Do you not know your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who… Read more

May 9, 2019

Do not let your hearts be troubled for I will never leave or forsake you. Didn’t I tell you that in the world you would face unbelievable struggles and hardship? Sorrow, pain, and suffering even death, is the inevitable outcome of life. You can try to avoid and control them as much as you like, but your best-laid plans are like holding on to smoke in the air. (Break Open and Blossom in Life) My disciples could not comprehend what… Read more

May 5, 2019

When we speak of mindfulness in Christianity, we talk about the discipline of being fully aware of our experience living in the present moment. The practice of mindfulness helps us recognize how much of our time is lost living in the past and the future. In fact, very little time is spent living in the present moment. In the Christian realm to live mindfully, Richard Rohr describes it as living in the naked now. Rohr calls it the naked now… Read more

April 28, 2019

With your tears streaming down your face that could fill an ocean come to me with your shattered hope and broken dreams for your marriage. I know your heart is broken like the indistinguishable mosaics discovered on the floor underneath what once was a stained-glass treasure. You wonder if there is any hope for putting your life back together again. All you have left are the memories of what could have been in your life and marriage. (We are all… Read more

April 24, 2019

In the practice of Mindful Christianity, we contemplate that the past and future exist only in our mind.  We realize the present moment is the only time that exists to experience the hope of true peace and contentment. When we pursue living fully aware of each moment, almost everything in our culture works in opposition to accomplishing that goal. In the West, there is an emphasis upon our mind and intellect and the divorcing of our thoughts from our body… Read more

April 19, 2019

In the practice of Mindful Christianity and centering prayer, we learn to meditate by sitting in a quiet position and attitude for twenty minutes. We prepare our hearts and minds intending to make ourselves available and open to focus upon the awareness of God’s presence. By using a sacred word as a focal point, we engage our mind to action by becoming increasingly aware of the many thoughts that occupy our minds and then start a process of letting go… Read more

April 5, 2019

The practice of Mindful Christianity, contemplative and centering prayer is the spiritual discipline of letting go of the attachments we have with the thoughts, emotions, and words in our heads.  In releasing and letting go of the attachments in our minds, we create a sacred space where God transcends the silent moments with His presence and love. The contemplative path leads us to experience the mystery of God no longer by solely thinking thoughts about God in our minds but… Read more

March 31, 2019

Just do it are the famous three words that made Nike a household name. It implied whatever the activity do whatever it takes to get it done. A significant hindrance in practicing Mindful Christianity or any meditation is I just don’t want to practice it right now. There are a thousand reasons not to spend the time to focus our attention on Christ or to practice living fully aware of what is going on with us in the present moment…. Read more

March 25, 2019

You are your own worst enemy thinking you are the only one that has a problem or could behave the way you do. You tend to isolate yourself from making new friends afraid of being exposed as a fraud. You fear people will discover you’re not as smart or as accomplished as you need to be to fit in and be accepted. You fear being humiliated because of your appearance or how you may look to others around you. The… Read more

March 20, 2019

When you feel like a lost soul abandoned and alone seek me in the silence of your heart. There is a treasure of infinite worth that transcends your being. In the depths of your despair and brokenness, there is the reality of my eternal presence. It is the light of my salvation manifested in the darkness of a troubled world. (Enjoy My Presence) It is the spiritual awareness that the heavenly Father motivated by boundless love pours out grace on… Read more

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