Sharon and I were enjoying a pot of Moroccan mint tea at my seaside kitchen table. I had some oatmeal cookies baking ; the smells of vanilla and cinnamon are my favourite forms of aromatherapy.
Sharon asked me what I thought about all this talk about ‘Mindfulness’ that was going around. I told her that I practised Mindfulness. Upon hearing this , Sharon raised an eyebrow at me, and shifted in her chair. She is a conservative Christian whom I met at a Bible study, several years ago.
Sharon was concerned that I was wrongly being influenced by the New Age Movement, or that I was toying with Buddhist thoughts !
I explained to Sharon that authentic Christianity was all about being aware of God in the present moment.
I reminded her that God describes himself in Exodus 3:14, as the great ‘I Am’. Our heavenly Father transcends time and space, and thus we can only meet him in the ‘now’. Mindfulness encourages us to be aware of the fact that God is with us every moment. How beautiful is this realization.
As we talked, Sharon started to relax. I reminded her that we can only experience Christ’s peace if we stay focused on Him in every moment. ( Isaiah 26:3).
I shared with Sharon that a book I read, called ‘ The Practise of the Presence of God ‘, written by Brother Lawrence in the 17th Century, had made me aware that it takes practise to be aware of God’s presence with us at every moment of the day. Thus, whether I am peeling a potato , or tending my garden, God is with me. In his presence there is fullness of joy. There is so such thing as an ordinary moment. Every moment, when we are focused on the Lord, becomes holy.
Sharon and I decided to continue our conversation about Mindfulness another time. When the baked cookies had cooled, I gave her some to take home to her husband.