We are now facing a mental health crisis in Scotland and the UK on an unprecedented scale and many are turning to mindfulness meditation as one way to better manage stress, depression and anxiety. But how should Christians respond to this phenomenon? Is mindfulness compatible with Christian faith? Isn’t mindfulness just for Buddhists? What are the key ingredients of mindfulness practice? And in what ways can we benefit from a more contemplative approach to Christian spirituality? These are some of the questions that will be addressed by the keynote speakers who include - Dr Rob Waller, Rev Shaun Lambert, Richard H H Johnston, Heather Churchill (from CWR), Rev Scott Brennan and Rev Kenny Borthwick.
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Richard Johnston, Director of www.christianmindfulness.co.uk said: “It is my conviction that we can draw out of the deep wells of the Christian faith and tradition in a way that enables many to experience improved mental health and a greater sense of wellbeing and spiritual connection with God. Of course, Buddhism does have a strong contemplative tradition itself and often mindfulness meditation is only associated with Buddhism. But all of the main religions of the world have a contemplative stream which incorporate paying attention, on purpose, with a particular intention in mind. That’s why we can speak of such a thing as Christian Mindfulness.
“I thoroughly recommend Christian Mindfulness, knowing the benefits of it personally. It will help you into practices that have been known in past centuries to be helpful to the Christian walk but have been abandoned or have gone astray from Christian roots. It is in many ways a return to ancient wells where God’s people have always found life-giving water."
Rev Kenny Borthwick is a Church of Scotand Minister at Holy Trinity in Wester Hailes, Edinburgh. You can red his blog here