Mindfulness is actually “Practicing the Presence” or worship of the Lord in our everyday lives.
Psalm 1:2-3 But his delight is in the law of the LORD and his law he meditates on day and night. He is like a tree planted by the stream of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever he does prospers.
The “law” here is not the 10 commandments but the new command that Jesus gave us in the New Testament. It is not a religious practice but a heart and mind connection to the Holy Spirit through the practice of worship or “mindfulness”.
John 15:12 My command is this: love each other as I have loved you.
Friends, you and I have been created to bear much fruit and to bear fruit that last.
John 15:16-17 You did not choose me but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit–fruit that will last. Then the Father will give you whatever you ask in my name. This is my command: love each other.
Mindfulness or mediation is simply worship. Kim Walker-Smith defines worship very well in her teaching on the Holy Spirit and worship. She defines worship as “God pouring out His love upon us and in response to His love, we in turn give love back to Him”. It is through worship that we become like the tree in Psalm 1. The tree becomes strong and immovable when it is planted by the stream. The stream is a picture of the Holy Spirit who is called the “living water”. As we connect our hearts and minds to the Lord, He gives us the “living water” which in turns wells up in us to be poured out on others around us. His Presences refreshes us and makes our leaves “green”. When I think of the color green, I think about new growth, health, and new life. I will stop here and strongly encourage you to listen to Kim Walker-Smith teach about the Holy Spirit and worship. It is a powerful teaching the Lord brought me to this morning. Love Al