Christian mindfulness is a practice, not a perfect. One way to remind yourself to be mindful of the presence of Jesus is to literally have keepsakes displayed where we work most often or in our pockets.
The reminders can be simple and free, as Kenneth Boa and Jenny Abel remind us in their free pdf “A Guide to Practicing God’s Presence.”
Where are you most often during the day? In front of the computer? In your kitchen? Place a reminder there.
What coat or jacket are you starting to wear this fall? Put a reminder in the pocket.
Reminders can be small and easy to carry:
- A stone to remind us that Jesus is the cornerstone of our lives.
- A nail to remind us that Jesus died for us.
- A feather to remind us of the presence of the Holy Spirit.
These same reminders can go in the space where we work. Or we can place larger items. I see a wooden cross from Jerusalem given to me 35 years ago when working in the kitchen. I’ve placed on my computer monitor a “pray continually” car visor clip.
Take a moment to pick out a reminder. We may need to change it seasonally if we get so used to it that we don’t notice them any more.
More information on how Christian mindfulness exercises are different is here.