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  • Having celebrated Easter Sunday, we are moving through the church calendar’s marking of the Easter season. Consistent with this season’s celebration of new life and a new way of life together, we continue our consideration of habits, practices or disciplines to incorporate into the upcoming week (based on “Spiritual Disciplines Handbook: Practices That Transform Us” by Adele Ahlberg Calhoun).

    The practice we are looking to guide us on this fourth Sunday of Easter is “Mindfulness/Attentiveness.” The desire behind this practice is “to live wholeheartedly in the present moment, alert to God and without judgement.” (Calhoun, p.114). It is interesting that many therapists and physicians promote mindfulness as a way of improving health and well-being. One might say that incorporating mindfulness into our living is part and parcel of the way God has created us. We do well when we pay attention and are open to the God-given gifts of each day. Prophets like Zechariah and Isaiah sometimes reprimanded people for not being mindful of God’s presence, gifts and life-giving direction. “You have seen many things, but have paid no attention; your ears are open but you hear nothing.” (Isaiah 42:20). Part of this practice involves letting go of the need to control, receiving people for who they are, minimizing worry and staying present in the moment in an attentive and non-judgmental manner. People following the Risen Christ in this season of Easter are mindful of God and his gifts and live in the calm assurance of God’s love and the wonder of life as it is given in the created order.  EGN

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