There are few things that make me say "WOW!" out loud! One such occasion occurred one evening as I was driving home from a hospital visit. It was not a "Wow" of excitement, or a "Wow" of joy, but rather, it came from surprise and discouragement. I was trying to find something on the radio to listen to during the drive (preferably a sporting event), so I was scanning the stations. That's when I heard what caused my "Wow". I won't mention the station or the program, but the show host was interviewing her guest, who is some kind of mediation guru, specifically "mindfulness". Here is an answer to her question about what is mindfulness:
“Meditation tends to take you from the outside very deeply inward. Mindfulness does the same thing in it centers you, but you are aware of everything that's happening; it brings you ultimately right into what you're experiencing, from touching this table cloth to feeling my feet on the ground, to seeing you across the table. It is really being present to those things and it often uses the breath to do that.”
She continued by referencing a pseudo-gospel account of a time when Jesus was in a cave, and lemmings were biting at his feet and ankles. To combat that, Jesus exuded love, and calmed the lemmings, and they were at peace with Him. That's where my "Wow" moment happened! The guest spoke about exuding love in the midst of her "Walking meditation" with wild peacocks. I'm thinking, "Wow, What is this I am listening to?"
This, and other teachings, are the reality of what Paul spoke of in I Timothy 4:3-4, "For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; and they will turn theirs ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables." I should not have been surprised, but I was.
Mindfulness is not being centered on self, it is being centered on Christ Jesus. That's why Paul tell us to have "the mind of Christ". I remember the song sung as a child, "Oh be careful little eyes what you see"...."Oh be careful little ears what you hear".."For the Father up above is looking down in love, Oh be careful..." and so it goes. Well, that is also true to all believers, young and old, little or big, mature or babes, be careful! There is some crazy teaching in this world, that has nothing to do with God. Be careful when you see, hear, do and say.
My "Wow" moment was a wake up call, that this world has some very warped and strange thoughts and crazy philosophies. My prayer for you, and for myself, is that ever "Wow" moment from now on will be a experience with God that causes me to be amazed by Him, and cause me to audibly say, "Wow"!