Mindfulness is simply being aware of something. This could consist of a great variety of issues or situations. One could mindful of eating. Another could be mindful of words spoken. Someone else could be mindful of friendships. The list could go on.
The Word Speaks of Being Mindful
Although mindfulness has been attributed to aspects of Buddhism, God’s Word has plenty to say on the subject. For example, Psalm 19:14 (MEV) states the following: “Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord, my strength and my Redeemer.” If a thought has been meditated upon in the heart, it had to pass through the mind first. God is concerned with what we think about and our awareness concerning various areas of our lives.
In Psalm 8:4, David asks, “Who is man that You are mindful of him?” This indicates that God was mindful of us. In other words, He had a strong awareness of us. His focus was on us. If God is mindful of us, shouldn’t we be mindful of Him? Isaiah 26:3 states that God will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are on Him.
Mindfulness that is achieved God’s way brings peace and joy. If the mind is not focused on what it ought to be, we lose peace, and we tend to wander from the Lord. Being mindful of the things we focus on raises awareness which can bring the change we need if we allow it.
How to be Mindful
Now that the meaning of mindfulness is understood, the next step is to figure out how to be mindful. Being mindful is a choice. It is simple, yet, not easy. Colossians 3:2 states that we are to set our minds on things above. If I set an object somewhere, it means I need to pick it up from one place to set it at the desired destination. To set your mind means you might have to move your thinking from one direction to another. Mindfulness is work. To begin with, your thoughts will try to drift back to the place from which you brought them. After consistent renewing of the mind (Romans 12:2), you will find that the process becomes simpler. We can never stop renewing our minds, or being mindful, but the battle is not as intense the more we practice the process.
Consider your thoughts and ways. Ask the Lord to direct you to the areas of your life in which you need to be more mindful. This will look different for everyone because our struggles are not all the same. Once He reveals an area in which you need to be more mindful, surrender that area to Him, and allow Him to help you redirect your thinking.
What about you? What does mindfulness mean to you? Are there areas of you life in which you need to be more mindful?