We are all—children, youth, and adults—living through a time of unpredictability and uncertainty. As believers, mindful curiosity allows us to pause, to meet God in the present moment, and to create space “for God to do the work of restoration, transformation, and healing.” Research tells us that a mindful practice stimulates the brain to calm our anxious responses and regain control of our minds and bodies, including anxiety, depression, and challenges with self-regulation. Cultivating a mindful practice invites us to be present in the moment and to approach our thoughts and feelings with curiosity rather than judgment. It is a skill that works with God’s design of our bodies to settle our thoughts and emotions to attend to the work He is doing in and through our lives.
In returning and rest you shall be saved; in quietness and trust shall be your strength.
Join us on Wednesday, April 29 from 1 – 2 pm (EDT) to learn from Dr. Irene Kraegel, author of The Mindful Christian, about the practice of being mindful, how it is rooted in our Christian tradition and scientific research, and how to build social emotional skills for ourselves, our students, and one another.
Dr. Irene Kraegel is director of the student counseling center at Calvin University, a Christian university in Grand Rapids, Michigan. She has 17 years of experience as a licensed clinical psychologist, and her current work includes mindfulness training for students at Calvin. Dr. Kraegel shares her experiences and thoughts related to the integration of Christian faith and mindfulness practice at her website, www.TheMindfulChristian.com and in her book The Mindful Christian: Cultivating a Life of Intentionality, Openness, and Faith.