meditation Usually, when we hear the word meditation we associate it with Asian spiritual practices, although it is not always the case. Mindfulness meditation is no exception. The existence of a Christian mindfulness might be considered at least odd by many of us. Mindfulness is based on the Buddhist meditation tradition and consists in being fully aware of your current experiences, with no judgment related to the past or the future. What could Christian religion and mindfulness have in common?

As weird as it may sound, Christian religion and mindfulness lay on the same principle of paying attention to all that surrounds us and to all we are experiencing at this right moment. From this perspective, we can talk about Christian mindfulness as a way to be closer to Divinity and improve our Christian life, by focusing on every moment of our existence, as it would be the first and the last one. On several occasions, the Bible calls for Christian mindfulness, by pointing out the importance of paying attention to the present in the relation we establish with God. Here are a few excerpts of the Bible testifying that one attribute of a true Christian is mindfulness:

Our Father, the main Christian prayer, requires from us mindfulness, focus on the present and oblivion of the concerns for the future, when saying: “Give us this day our daily bread. We usually invoke Divinity for something we need now, and when we ask for immediate divine help, we are entirely there, in the act of praying, which means we are mindful.

meditation A biblical excerpt of Mathews Gospel (6:25-34) points out that a good Christian lets mindfulness guide him through life, focusing on nothing else but the present: “I tell you do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wearBut seek first his kingdom and his righteousness and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself.

Testimonies of required Christian mindfulness can also be found in the Gospels of Thomas and Luke: I am the all; the all came forth from me, and the all attained to me. Raise the stone, and there you will find me; cleave the wood, and there I am. You have eyes and you don’t see. You have ears and you don’t hear. Wake up! The Kingdom is here now.

Christian fundamentalists reject Christian mindfulness as a concept. But beyond concepts, theories and dogmas, there lays a simple truth: being a good Christian implies mindfulness. It is said that one of the main features of Divinity is the omnipresence. God is in everything at every moment. It is only by paying attention to everything at every moment that we can discover God and establish a relation with Him.