PraXis Mindfulness Session with Guest Aaron Miller, Wed. 12/2/20

Happy Advent! This Wednesday night’s Christian Mindfulness session will host a visit from my dear friend, Rev. Aaron Miller. Aaron is the Lead Minister of University Hill Congregation, a progressive Christian church located at the University of British Columbia campus. Aaron is part of a network of church programs that includes embodied practices such asContinue reading “PraXis Mindfulness Session with Guest Aaron Miller, Wed. 12/2/20”

Intro: Christian Mindfulness, Gradual Approach to Silence [Part 3 of 3]

In our last post, we talked about the form of mindfulness prayer known as contemplative prayer. We also went through the step by step process of Centering Prayer. However, a lot of people find it hard to do Centering Prayer right off the bat. For those unfamiliar with these types of silent prayers we recommendContinue reading “Intro: Christian Mindfulness, Gradual Approach to Silence [Part 3 of 3]”

Intro: Christian Mindfulness and Centering Prayer [Part 2 of 3]

“The vigilant monk is a fisher of thoughts” – St. John Climacus, 600 CE Please read the first post to understand some of the terms we will use in this conversation. The PraXis routine is to do 20 minutes of light exercise followed by 10–20 minutes of Christian Mindfulness, also known as contemplation. Ideally theseContinue reading “Intro: Christian Mindfulness and Centering Prayer [Part 2 of 3]”

Intro: What is Christian Mindfulness? [Part 1 of 3]

PraXis explores evidence-based wellness practices in exercise, diet and mindfulness as they relate to the ancient Christian tradition of askesis or spiritual training. Wellness addresses two core chronic health problems in America: heart-related disease and mild anxiety and depression.  We’ve talked a good deal about how exercise and diet can address our bodily health. InContinue reading “Intro: What is Christian Mindfulness? [Part 1 of 3]”

Intro: Wellness as spiritual practice

PraXis might be a strange concept to some Christians because it brings the idea of spiritual life into how you approach your fitness, your food, and even your thoughts and emotions. But these are the three elements that have comprised spiritual practices all around the world and throughout time. The word praxis is just GreekContinue reading “Intro: Wellness as spiritual practice”

Intro: U.S. health crisis, “salvation” and a Christian view of wellness

“Your Faith has made you well.” Luke 17:19 Too often we forget that the English word salvation, is actually a translation of the Greek word soteria, used in the New Testament. In Greek, the word applies to more than protection from harm, but also to health and well-being through Christ: the Healer (soter). The medicalContinue reading “Intro: U.S. health crisis, “salvation” and a Christian view of wellness”

Before mindfulness: best exercises for mobility, strength and cardio/HIIT

The key to PraXis is doing light exercise before your mindfulness, or contemplative prayer practice. In general, adults should do at least 30 minutes of moderate to intense exercise 5 days a week just to stay healthy. In PraXis, exercise is followed by 10- 20 minutes of Christian mindfulness, such as Centering Prayer, Christian MeditationContinue reading “Before mindfulness: best exercises for mobility, strength and cardio/HIIT”