Slow Down

I recently finished John Mark Comer’s book The Ruthless Elimination of Hurry. Let me put it this way . . . Don’t read this book unless you are ready to be convicted. (How’s that for an endorsement?) Seriously, though Comer writes with an engaging and even playful tone, the weight of what he is sayingContinue reading “Slow Down”

Self-Compassion

One of the hardest lessons I have learned about mindfulness meditation is the need for self-compassion and self-kindness. Maybe I am alone in this particular form of craziness, but the first time I read those words, I cringed. Why? Because I know that I am a sinful human being. I have a history of addiction.Continue reading “Self-Compassion”

Sitting at the Feet of Jesus

Growing up, one of my wife’s favorite board games was Payday. Awhile back, she found a copy of this game and asked the boy and me to play it. Basically, you go through three months of paying bills while trying to get enough income to have something left over at the end of the game.Continue reading “Sitting at the Feet of Jesus”

Mindfulness and Resting With God

As I continue my series of posts on the Christian mindfulness practices (you can check out the earlier posts here and here), today I want to talk about my favorite form of meditation–Contemplative Prayer. As with Lectio Divina, contemplative prayer took me a long time to wrap my head around. Every time I read orContinue reading “Mindfulness and Resting With God”

The Divine Reading

In a previous post, I wrote about some beginning mediation practices, namely the Body Scan and Breath meditations. Both of these practices are useful for relaxation as well as increasing one’s ability to focus and concentrate. However, there is nothing inherently spiritual about them. A Christian, a Buddhist, and Atheist walk into a bar .Continue reading “The Divine Reading”

Beginner’s Guide to Meditation

First, let’s address the elephant in the room. Meditation covers a wide range of practices used by different religious and non-religious groups. Personally, I define meditation as an “intentional practice of focus and concentration.” This leaves open the questions of “How do we concentrate?” and “On what do we focus?” The answers to these questionsContinue reading “Beginner’s Guide to Meditation”

Mind Your Brain

Have you ever thought about how you think? Yes, I know that is oddly phrased, but I mean it. As humans, we have this amazing ability to turn our thoughts back on ourselves, to think about our own thoughts. We can even think about our own thought processes. A major part of the practice ofContinue reading “Mind Your Brain”