'What does it mean to have a mind that is living in the present and has no problems? Does it mean that it is totally asleep, or totally awake? Wait a bit! What does it mean to be totally awake?
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...
Each one of us, each human being, is the result of time - 2 million years, more or less - and he has a lot of history behind him; not only factual history, but fictitious history, communal history, the story of his fathers, his mothers, his traditions, all that he is. That story has a life of its own, a tremendous life, the unconscious, the past. The conscious mind also has its own activities - going to the office every day, following a certain routine, a certain pattern. So there is a hiatus, a division between that immense, unexplored part, and the casual living of daily conscious life. That is what is taking place in each one of us. Each has a movement of its own; each has its own life, drive, purpose, fear, anxiety and despair. Can this division be done away with, so that it is one movement, and not contradictory movements? This means a total consciousness of the past and the present, not a fragmentary past and a fragmentary present.'
The mindfulness crowd, people who practice meditation, prayers, who work with alternative methods of healing, who practice massages, yoga, spiritual dances and chanting mantras, who are within various mind, body and soul exercise systems, try to work with eternal promises of: Love, Peace, Happiness, Inner Joy, contact with Divine, Holly Spirit, Angels, etc. They all talk about transcending negative emotions into positive, they are against violence, and they are the first ones to fight against outbreaks of wars all over the world. The Mindfulness Teachers believe that each one of us can, with some effort, work on one’s own perfection, work towards more love within our lives, towards more peace within the society, towards more justice within the world we live in. This work and the outlook on life is called ‘New Consciousness’.
The ‘New Consciousness’ is a dream that was lived and fought for by the Christians all over the world, all through the centuries. Christ was one of the first to direct us towards striving for perfection. He would not compromise and he always encouraged 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 was written in the 16th Century, by St. Theresa of Avila, who through meditation called prayers of union and prayers of quiet (the exact same method is used by the Transcendental meditation and Yoga in the East). St. Theresa wrote beautifully and inspiring about her contact with God that she achieved 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.
Today, some people still believe that Mindfulness is something new and strange, that meditations, or chanting mantras go against the Christian methods or on the other hand 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 because history teaches us that these prejudices lead to hate and murders, driving us away from Divine.
Mindfulness and meditation has become a subject of many studies. De-mystifying these spiritual methods takes them out of the Religious settings but keeps the seriousness of the self-development and spiritual work. Many psychologists and scientists from around the world research claims about the power of mindfulness and meditations to tackle increased stress among people.
'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, Love Mindfulness. Is Mindfulness for You?