18th July

Perhaps you’ve heard of Mindfulness retreats or workshops taking place in your area. I jesus-prayingunderstand Mindfulness as a set of techniques to calm the mind. Used in a secular context, it can be orientated to improving mental health. Used in a New Age or Eastern Religion context, it is can be a gateway to Hindu/Buddhist worship. Used in a Christian context, it can be an aid to contemplative prayer and focusing our attention on God’s presence in the present moment. Here are some excerpts from a related article in the Irish Catholic of 14th July on Mindfulness. They also have something to say about prayer in general and encountering God. (The entire article can be read at this link: https://1drv.ms/b/s!ArUcgxa4hjrkhmzaipcdov9MdNmZ)