Lightening the Heavy Heart
Jesus said to them, “Come away to a deserted place all by yourselves and rest a while.” For many were coming and going, and they had no leisure even to eat. (Mark 6:31)
Christianity, Buddhism, Hinduism, and other religions have their own experiences of meditation. While we have different traditions, practices, and theological understandings, there are a number of mindful practices we can learn from each other. Anton Chevalier, in his article “5 Habits of Highly Mindful People,” points out some of the ways of calming the mind. When the mind is calm, the Spirit has room to roam and speak.
Mindful people, no matter their tradition have these experiences of mindfulness in common. “They Pay Attention to What Their Mind Is Saying.” Denying your thoughts will not make them go away. Address your thoughts in a positive, supportive way, and they will not hang in your mind. “They Embrace Imperfection.” They are not overwhelmed by their own mistakes. Trying hard provides integrity, which is more important that perfection.
Mindful people, knowing their imperfection, can appreciate their need for self-improvement. “They Practice Self Care.” Knowing when one is overworked, overtired, and overtaxed, allows for recharging so one can experience her/his best self. Finally, Chevalier points out, “They Don’t Let Their Emotions Run Wild.” Controlling one’s emotions provides the control necessary to calm the heart and mind. It defuses the ego enough to open oneself to the Divine.
Today, begin practicing your own mindfulness. Be forgiving of yourself. It will not feel comfortable right away. But the more you practice these habits; the more mindfulness will feel like your true being. Pray for God to calm your inner being, heart, soul, and mind. Give the Holy Spirit room to move within you. It will calm your spirit and enlighten your heavy heart.