Friday, November 14, 2014

Mindfulness or the Sacrament of the Present Moment

Mindfulness retreats etc are doing the rounds in Catholic retreat centres around Ireland. I find this quite sad to say the least.  We don't get it, do we ?   That Jesus Christ is truly present in the Eucharist and is in the Tabernacle day and night and in these Retreat Centres also and yet so many are now ignoring Jesus in favour of 'new philosophies' or as St. Paul says in the second letter to Timothy 4:3  'For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear.'  

If we walk away from Christ and all the riches He has given us in our Catholic Faith, what do we have left ? Just emptiness and nothingness...

On the Women of Grace blog I came across this article which explains Mindfulness and how it is at variance with our own Catholic Faith...full article here: Women of Grace - Mindfulness Meditation

MM asks: Is there anything wrong with Mindfulness Meditation? It sounds like it’s nothing more than living in the present moment. Could there be anything wrong with that?

The technique known as Mindfulness Meditation is the brainchild of Jon Kabat-Zinn, a biomedical scientist and founder of the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care and Society at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. In 1979, he developed something called “Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction” (MBSR) which is an 8-week course combining meditation and Hatha yoga to help patients cope with stress, pain, and illness through moment-to-moment awareness.

and another part of the article reads; 

However, we Catholics have our own method of living in the present moment which is explained by the late great spiritual director, Father Jean-Pierre de Caussade in the book, The Sacrament of the Present Moment. This practice involves the realization that every event in our lives, from the most ordinary to the most spectacular, are all manifestations of God’s will for us. It teaches us to experience every moment – such as this very moment as you read these words – as a holy sacrament because God is at work in it. As we acquire this holy practice, God becomes much more real to us, much more a part of our lives, and a true Companion on our journey. 

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