I am so far behind in my OLW posts for Spiritual Journey, I am sorry. I offer no excuse. I am here today.
Mindfulness. This word pops up everywhere lately. The simplest meaning to me is "the state of being aware". The roots of this word come from Buddhist meditation, according to The Greater Good. I wonder why it's become part of our broader vocabulary. The reason seems obvious to me, we need it.
The world is filled with distractions...more arrive everyday. It's easy to get lost. It's easy to forget what's important. I've gotten lost in the minutia of social media. I've wandered through the maze of Candy Crush and Words with Friends. I've allowed email and messages to rule my time.
It's too much. Being mindful means being present. It means consciously choosing where my time will be spent. When I am aware of that, I feel different...more peace-filled, calmer, healthier. I believe that being mindful takes great discipline and awareness. It's not easy until you create the path.
Mindful practices in my life include prayer, painting, writing morning pages in my notebook, listening to music, and walking. Each of those practices brings me to a state of peace and awareness. In turn, when I'm in that state, I feel closer to God and my relationship deepens. My faith grows.
Be still and know that I am God!