Being mindful about mindfulness


This article by a Christian clinical psychologist at the Centre for Public Christianity in Sydney is a good intro to the pros and cons of mindfulness.

|Difficulty: Easy |Tag: Self-help | Time: 4 min |


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  1. Hi,

    I had to come over here from FB to comment as this is something I feel very passionately about.

    I have suffered from depression and anxiety most of my life, and quite debilitatingly so at times during the last decade. This has mostly been managed with medications, and with CBT-stye psychological help which has been somewhat helpful.

    In recent years however, I have more and more followed the mindfulness approach to mental health. I have done this with extreme caution and tried (as the author of this article does) to qualify this Buddhist practice and make sure it has not been in conflict with my faith. Until recently, I believed this to be one of the most helpful and powerful healing tools around for mental health issues. So much so that I began to really question what difference my Christian faith really makes to mental health suffering, and started being drawn more and more into Buddhist existentialist thinking as a means of coping with life.

    It’s a very long and complicated story, but I would now like to tell you that I am finally FREE of mental anguish, depression and anxiety. And I now feel very firmly that mindfulness meditation (even though it has some elements we would affirm) is something that opened me wide up to the influence of Satan, to his lies and accusations. I have been in complete bondage in my mind, and this practice only dragged me in to further uncertainty and anguish, even though it felt powerful.

    I feel sad that for so many years I believed my own faith to be useless in setting me free. This too is a lie – Christ came to set us free and sanctify us by the truth. I highly recommend Freedom In Christ ministries (http://www.ficm.org) and particularly Neil Anderson’s book ‘Bondage Breakers’ for anyone interested in knowing more about whether Jesus Christ has anything to offer for mental illness!

    Cheers,
    Gina

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