Introduction

I think it was 2014 when I heard the word mindfulness for the first time but paid it only passing attention. In 2015 I was surprised to see a number of talks on mindfulness in the line-up at Greenbelt Festival. I made a conscious decision not to go to any of them as, from what I knew, it sounded a bit ‘airy-fairy’. However, on one of the days, in need of somewhere to shelter from the rain, I took cover in a tent where one such talk was taking place. As I listened, I had the feeling that I had stumbled over hidden treasure.

Back in Dorset I booked onto a mindfulness course and there began my adventure with mindfulness!

I have always had a Christian faith, so for me, my initial thoughts were about why I was finding a level of wellbeing in mindfulness that I had not found in my own faith. I then started to notice the teachings and practices of mindfulness in the Bible but wonder why I had rarely heard them taught. I also began to see some of the teachings of the Church through fresh eyes and wonder if they were negatively effecting my wellbeing.

Finally I began to think about what my faith brought to me which mindfulness did not. This writing is part of my ongoing adventure with faith and mindfulness.

Introduction