Cultivating A Life of Intentionality, Openness and Faith in Today’s Fractured World
This 1 ½ hour session of Mindfulness practice and meditation will explore the practice of paying attention to the present moment with acceptance and openness, setting aside the filter of cognitive analysis in order to relate to our experience more directly through sensory input and curious observation.
Based on the book The Mindful Christian: Cultivating a Life of Intentionality, Openness, and Faith, authored by Dr. Irene Kraegel, this session will present an overview of mindfulness practices (both formal and informal) and corresponding scientific evidence of the benefits. An integrative approach to mindfulness and Christian theology will be explored, laying a foundation for the application of mindfulness as a spiritual discipline in the life of the Christian believer.
While mindfulness is in vogue within the medical and psychological communities as a tool for increasing wellness (both physical and emotional), it is also consistent with centuries of Christian teaching and spiritual disciplines that emphasize present-moment awareness as a prerequisite for living in awareness of God’s presence throughout each day.
Benefits & Objectives of Christian Mindfulness Practices & Meditation:
About the Speaker
Dr Irene Kraegel is a licensed Clinical Psychologist who serves as Director of the Center for Counseling and Wellness at Calvin University. She has worked as a counsellor within numerous settings, including psychiatric inpatient, school, community mental health, private practice, and higher education.
As a Mindfulness Practitioner, Irene facilitates mindfulness groups for college students and church groups who are interested in pursuing mindfulness practice within a Christian framework. Her book, The Mindful Christian: Cultivating a Life of Intentionality, Openness, and Faith, explores the intersection of mindfulness and Christian faith, providing Christians with a practical and inspiring tool for deepening their appreciation for the life God has given.