A New View on Living Life in the Moment

A New View on Living Life in the Moment

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I was racing to be on time for an interview about the merging interests of physicians and chaplains, when I was sidetracked by several signs reading: “Mindful Conference this way.” These signs caught my attention because I wondered if the spiritual mindfulness that I practiced was part of the conference’s discussion.

That was a couple of years ago, and now 2014 is the year of Mindful Living. Mindfulness is rocketing in public awareness as a way to gain a sense of balance in our increasingly over-stimulated society. Technological advances and mass communication have usurped time for restorative, spiritual focus. The rise of mindfulness’ popularity reflects our collective desire to find balance amid these non-stop distractions. How? By focusing on the moment at hand, a primary methodology in mindfulness practices to find the balance.

Many practice mindfulness by being more aware of the physical in the present – focusing on breath, taking each step and being aware of the impact of the foot on the pavement, consciously noticing the air that is brushing by the skin. But what if there was a way of taking mindfulness to another level, a spiritual perspective that allows for clarity of thought – not through physical awareness – and brings instead an awareness of the unbroken relation each of us has with the Divine? This awareness can be felt as a pinpoint of light, a profound peace, an enfolding love, a comforting message that is from God.

Some have found that this kind of awareness, which is centered on the spiritual rather than the physical, is a more empowering and lasting mindfulness. Spiritual mindfulness has helped me to quiet thought and obtain a sense of balance – without withdrawing from present activity. Once I was to give a major talk to a statewide audience. I arrived late when throbbing head pain threatened my ability to give the talk. I realized this was precipitated by tension, and I turned to the Divine for peace. Quickly the pain left and I delivered the talk without difficulty.

In a world where the distractions and stress are 24/7, it is especially heartening that many are finding a sense of balance in their lives through mindfulness practices. The lasting result of finding spiritual balance is possible today. It was also true of Jesus who periodically needed to remove himself from daily distractions in order to confidently go forward in his calling with this sense of balance. Mary Baker Eddy, the author of Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, investigated the kind of powerful mindfulness that would nurture one’s spiritual self: “Become conscious for a single moment that [God] and intelligence are purely spiritual…and the body will then utter no complaints.”

Mindfulness of any kind brings health benefits, but taking mindfulness to the next level by incorporating a spiritual component allows for a richer life experience full of confidence, love, compassion, patience, and peace.

Article first published in Blogcritics.

About the author

Don Ingwerson Don regularly blogs on health and spirituality and lives in Laguna Beach with his wife - both Christian Science practitioners. He brings his years serving the public in education to his work as a liaison of Christian Science, where he maintains contacts with the media and legislative offices.

Comments

  1. Rahla says

    Thanks, Don. An excellent call to wake up and focus on who I am as God’s daughter.

  2. Diana U says

    This blog is certainly timely. We had two visitors after church yesterday and one is into metaphysics and visualization. Your sentence: “Many practice mindfulness by being more aware of the physical in the present – focusing on breath, taking each step and being aware of the impact of the foot on the pavement, consciously noticing the air that is brushing by the skin.” speaks of this and your paragraph after that lifts thought to a higher level. Thanks!

  3. Adrienne says

    Thanks for sharing and I have to comment that indeed the world is hungering and thirsting after something better and higher than they are finding out there to solve all problems! In the mail at church yesterday was an invitation/flyer from the EDD County of Ventura co-sponsoring a talk on “Meditation” to solve employee upsets and relations in the workplace!! Is this a first step toward practical spirituality?? Thanks for writing Don.

  4. says

    Adrienne, Thanks for the comment and your question is a good one. I don’t know if this is a first step in introducing practical spirituality in the workplace, but it’s certainly encouraging an individual’s use of meditation to solve problems in the work place in a more harmonious manner.

  5. Dan Miller says

    Thanks for the insightful words….mindfulness is a great word and clearly touches on our need to be thoughtful and aware, to listen to God’s direction.

  6. says

    Spiritual mindfulness is certainly a breakthrough path, taking us to a higher level of fulfillment. Thanks for alerting us to it.

  7. Molly Byers says

    thank you, Don, for reading the signs of our times so beautifully. It’s the higher road, perhaps less traveled,
    that gives so abundantly what is needed in each individual case. I went to see the recently released SON OF
    GOD this past weekend. How fortuitous it’s release the very week we had as our subject Bible Lesson Christ Jesus. I found in the two, each one supporting the other. It certainly was a step in the right direction centering
    on the works of Jesus instead of just the word, although the WORD was presented with the work and made the connection I thought very well. Even the over-lengthy pictorial of the crucifixion certainly did make his
    resurrection and later ascension more pointed. A higher road in thought is possible for all of us. And Christ
    Jesus did preach, the kingdom of heaven is WITHIN. Thank you for all you are doing for mankind.

  8. Evelyn, Laguna Hills says

    Whatever helps us to release tension gives more clarity to thought and peace to all our actions. How many times I’ve stopped human action to turn thought to the acknowledgement of the ever-presence of harmony and found instant peace and solutions. This is a message for the entire world.

  9. Anne Hughes says

    Spiritual mindfulness has been a real asset recently while we have been helping family members find an affordable place to live. So far the needed answer has not surfaced. Discouragement and impatience could take over, but instead we have been consciously loving the area we have been scouring and consciously valuing the sincerity of our loved ones in putting their lives in order. Each stop while they scout out a spot, we have been taking the time for spiritual inspiration, or we appreciate an attractive yard or a passing child. So instead of “we will be happy when…,” we are being happy now.

  10. Anne says

    I loved the sentence about “awareness can be felt as a pinpoint of light, a profound peace, an enfolding love, a comforting message that is from God.” This definitely takes mindful prayer to a high level of spiritual contentment. It is a tremendously helpful thought.

    Your experience of putting those words into practice and finding healing from stress, when you had to give a talk, was a wonderful proof of how mindfulness can work in benefiting one’s life in a positive way. And how “in the moment” you were. The spiritual upliftment brought the freedom to speak clearly without throbbing pain. Your points were so easy to follow and very insightful. I appreciate your sharing them.

    I am working on living in the moment to a greater degree and finding my balance in every area of life. So this post is especially good for attaining that goal.

    Thank you.

  11. says

    My daughter just attended a “wellness” type spa resort that promoted and talked about Mindfulness as part of their program.