Christian Mindfulness Blog and Links

Facing the Fog – A Poem for World Mental Health Day 2017

Cotton wool head
Fuzzy, heavy haze
Brain frozen in time
I’m waiting and hoping
For the fog to thaw and clear

Racing, chasing thoughts
That rush through my mind
Frantic and sometimes fearful
Screwing me down to the ground
Pinning me to the canvass
Punch drunk
Knocked out
Polaxed

Tunnel vision
I can’t see
I don’t know
A way out of this place
But weather patterns change

So I wait
And I hope
For the fog
To clear

Richard H H Johnston

Director, Christian Mindfulness, Christian Contemplation and Christian CBT

© Richard H H Johnston

10 thoughts on “Christian Mindfulness Blog and Links

  1. What you describe as “Christian Mindfulness” is simply referred to in Scriptures as prayer and meditation. I do not use the term “mindfulness” in conjunction with Christianity, as mindfulness is a religious practice that comes out of the Buddhist religion. How do you reconcile that?

    1. Great question Pam. You are right that Buddhism includes teaching on mindfulness. But Buddhism does not have a monopoly on mindfulness, especially when you consider the definition of what mindfulness involves. It’s about practicing awareness in the whole of life. See the various blog articles and online courses for an exploration of Christian Mindfulness, prayer, meditation and contemplation.

      1. Thanks for your reply. I’ll have to read more of your articles. I’m writing a new biblically based book about disordered eating. When I learned that mindfulness came out of Buddhism, I ruled out including a chapter on the topic. I may have to reconsider. I have a couple more chapters to finish writing so I have time to decide about that. Again, thank you for your prompt reply.

  2. I agree Pam, I have had some negative responses from people in my church as I have talked about Christian mindfulness meditation. I’m not sure how to move forward with that?

    1. This is a very important point you have raised and there are a whole number of reasons that there can be resistance against Christian mindfulness and meditation. Other blog articles explore this further.

      Here are a number of key questions.

      1. What is mindfulness? How should we define it?

      2. Having defined mindfulness via no. 1 above…What aspects of mindfulness are compatible with biblical faith?

      3. Why do some Christians reject mindfulness? Are the reasons provided valid or do they involve views that have not been carefully thought through? e.g. The view that all meditation comes from Buddhism and/or Hinduism is false.

      4. If you are clear about what mindfulness and meditation are…and you can practice these in a way that is compatible with biblical faith…then why wouldn’t you?

  3. Thankyou for your response Richard, I agree with what you say, re why should Buddhism/Hinduism have the monopoly on Mindfulness and meditation. I guess I’m cautious as a fairly new Christian, I will have a search for the blogs you mentioned.

  4. I am so enjoying the Accredited Christian Mindfulness Course. I have only just begun but my goodness what an impact it is having! if a few weeks on this course can turn my thinking enough to see fruit from it and enhance my joy with God, wow why wouldn’t you! I haven’t yet had anyone question the mindfulness part of the course. I’m quite content and comfortable in being able to explain what it is and sign posting people to relevant (factual) information. so far so good. Thank you Richard and so grateful you added a search bar! makes life easy ha

    Toni

  5. I was a yoga teacher for many years and therefore was practising daily meditation. There was an emphasis on the beauty of the self and the fact that the self knows what is best for oneself.
    When I became a Christian over 10 years ago I stopped my yoga practise as I didn’t think it was compatible with my new faith.
    Suffering from depression on and off all my life I suddenly noticed that my low moods were daily occurrences. I was missing both the physical and mental side of yoga.
    Now I have discovered Christian Mindfulness and I practise yoga again. Both are compatible and I couldn’t think of a day without either of them.
    Thank you Richard for making this possible.
    Marie Jose

    1. Marie,
      I prefer to speak of mindful awareness of the body or mindful movement instead of speaking of yoga. Using various stretches and exercises in God’s presence can be really beneficial. We can underestimate the huge value of ongoing body awareness and self care in this process. I’m glad you’re finding Christian Mindfulness helpful.

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