Mindfulness and New Consciousness
Promises of Mindfulness
The mindfulness crowd, people practicing meditation, working with alternative healing methods, practicing massages, yoga, tai-chi, spiritual dances, chanting mantras, various mind, body and soul practitioners, all work with the eternal promise of: More Love, More Peace, More Happiness on Earth. Mostly against any injustice, they are the first to fight against outbreaks of violence or wars all around the Planet. The Mindfulness Teachers encourage us to work on our own perfection, towards more love within our lives, more peace within the society, more consciousness in all spheres of Life. This type work and the outlook on life is called ‘New Consciousness’.
'I want to find out whether I am deceiving myself. I want to find out whether my living is so verbal that when I say,'Well, I just live so completely in the moment ', this is a form of self-hypnosis. I may be creating the illusion that I am living totally in the now, in the moment; but actually I may be very dull, and have no sensitivity to anything that is happening, not only within the moment, but round it.'
Krishnamurti on Mindfulness
Christians and Meditation
The ‘New Consciousness’ is a Christian dream living all through the centuries. Christ wish for perfection is our eternal inspiration, encouraging us to live love and peace through our own perfection: ‘Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heavens is perfect’
Devotees of life wish to understand themselves better, having a motto: living life with love and peace with our neighbors, fighting for a better society whose foundations are within justice and harmony. The Christianity and the New Consciousness Philosophies have never been in conflict with each other.
One of the best Christian books on meditation I've read was written in the 16thCentury, by St. Theresa of Avila, who used meditations called prayers of union and prayers of quiet (the exact same method is used by yoga and meditation in the East). St. Theresa wrote beautifully and inspiring about her contact with God through her daily meditations and she whole-heartedly recommended them to her nuns as a part of their regular daily spiritual practice.
In Middle Ages Christian Priests closely followed astrology and observed planets and their influence upon life of people on Earth. Christian authors also wrote many books on Angels, and many miracles were attributed to the ‘energy’ healing.
Some people are stll under the impression that Mindfulness is something new and strange, that meditation and chanting mantras go against the Christian methods or that is the latest fashion that can be learned on a weekend outing.
We all, Christians and non-Christians are very sincerely trying to put the times of religious wars, religious dogmas and intolerance behind us. Perhaps this clarity of what a prayer is, what a meditation is and how do they relate to each other is an important knowldge that needs sharing. De-mystifying these spiritual methods takes them out of the Religious settings and puts them into the setting of the self-development and spiritual work. Many researchers, psychologists and scientists claim that the power of mindfulness and meditations is great.
Mindfulness Journey is a Self-Development Journey
'The self-development journey is a beautiful life-long journey. It takes an effort to be commitment to the beauty of life and a courage to fall in love with practitioners of this amazing wisdom.' Nuit