A friend of mine, while working through his addiction, told me that for over two years he would set his phone alarm to go off every few hours so that he could stop what he was doing in order to engage in this very simple mindfulness exercise.
To be “mindful” is to be aware of what you are doing, thinking and feeling in the moment.
Psychologists, scientists and medical doctors are discovering that mindfulness, if done frequently and in community (we share with others what we are learning) physiologically changes our brain, bringing with it emotional, spiritual and relational healing.
- What am I feeling?
- What is the truth?
- What action step do I take?
I asked him what results this produced in his life. He said …
… increased self-awareness
… better decision-making skills
… the ability to receive grace
… the ability to say no and set boundaries
… increased self confidence
For centuries faith-filled people have prayed David’s plea:
Search me, O God, and know my heart; Try me and know my anxious thoughts; And see if there be any way of pain in me, And lead me in the everlasting way. Psalm 139
The mindfulness exercise is one way we can cooperate with God’s work in us. Would you consider trying this and sharing it with others?