- Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ (2 Corinthians 10:5).
- We’re to think about positive, pure things—all character traits of our Great God: Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things (Philippians 4:8).
- We should pray for God to help us concentrate on what pleases Him. Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer (Psalm 19:14).
- We should repeatedly think about God Himself. My meditation of him shall be sweet: I will be glad in the LORD (Psalm 104:34).
- We need to be thinking about God's Word. O how love I thy law! it is my meditation all the day. Thy testimonies are my meditation (Psalm 119:97, 99b).
- True peace is from God and in obeying Him. Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you (Philippians 4:9).
- The secret of joy and peace is in trusting God and in prayer. Be careful (anxious) for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:6-7).
I decided not to share with you the suggestions that are usually made by mindfulness leaders, but I can assure you they’re not godly. Some are very evil, many are sensual and sexual in nature, and the whole experience isn’t wholesome. Some exercises are a huge waste of time, such as "concentrating on a raisin." I’m not kidding!3 The leaders tell people to meditate on their own bodies, and it gets pretty crazy.
The Bible teaches Christians, What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s (1 Corinthians 6:19-20).
- A Christian’s body is the temple of the Holy Spirit.
- A Christian belongs to Christ. Jesus bought him with His blood.
- A Christian should glorify (exalt) God in his body and in his spirit.
I was looking for a photo illustration for my yoga post, and I was surprised to find the words “body, mind, and spirit” superimposed on a “wave” image and on a wave with a Buddha.
The Bible speaks of body, mind, and spirit this way:
And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly;
and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body
be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
(1 Thessalonians 5:23)
That’s my prayer for you.
1. Sky News International, July 16, 2015, teaching mindfulness in schools.
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