We are now in the midst of a mindfulness revolution that is being embraced by large swathes of popular culture. The aim of a new course I have developed –
Acceptance is one of the key areas in relation to the practice of mindfulness. For Christians the concept of acceptance and self-
I wrote “A Prayer of Accepted Tenderness” during a particularly difficult time in my own life as a young Christian – a time of stress and inner turmoil. There are hundreds, even thousands of reasons that we could come up with to justify non-
What a relief it is to know that I can do nothing whatsoever to make God love me and accept me more than he already does in this present moment. I don’t deserve it. I can’t earn it. I can’t buy it. I can’t manipulate God to get it. My acceptance is rooted in the nature and character of God. It’s not a characteristic that he has hidden and kept veiled from us. The love of God is most powerfully revealed in the cross of Jesus – “Christ crucified: a stumbling-
Christian mindfulness relates to the cross of Jesus but it goes much further than a historical event. It also goes beyond a logical and reasoned theology of the atonement. The same God who reveals himself as Christ crucified also lives with us right here and right now. “In him we live and move and have our being” (Acts 17:28). The power and reality of the cross and resurrection can come into our awareness as God pours out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit. In the place of silence and meditation we can journey deeper into the heart of God towards us and enjoy his grace, mercy and acceptance at the very core of who we are.
© Richard H H Johnston