Is it ok to practice mindfulness?
Mindfulness has become a bit of thing.
It’s about “allowing ourselves to see the present moment clearly. When we do that, it can positively change the way we see ourselves and our lives.”
The NHS are on board.
Essentially, its message is stop ‘doing’ for a moment and just ‘be’.
I was sceptical. Its vague language like ‘energies’ and ‘sensation’ put me off. But it’s clearly sensible advice.
Be still. Turn off your phone. Empty your mind of the stresses and strains.
The Do, Do, Do
Mindfulness is society’s answer to overwork. We struggle to just ‘be’ because we’re busy performing all the time. The do, do, do can convince us we’re valuable and necessary.
But sometimes that bubble bursts.
We need to rediscover who we really are in the quietness of our minds. That’s where we’ll find our value. Or so the argument goes.
Does it work?
It’s true that we don’t know ourselves. But this is because we’ve forgotten what we were made for.
“Be still, and know that I am God.” (Psalm 46:10)
God also stays ‘stop.’ But rather than emptying your mind, fill it.
Fill it with God. Knowing him, we know ourselves. He's given us rest in Jesus - rest from performing and finding our value in being busy.
Stop and Fill
An old hymn prays, ‘speak through the earthquake, wind and fire. O still, small voice of calm.’
Speak through the deadlines, family crises, bills to pay, unread messages and housework.
Mindfulness tries to get you something only Jesus can. Don’t empty your mind – fill it with the promise of God’s rest for you now which will one day be forever.