Whether we are going through our routine, trying to pray, or talking with others, the way our minds work significantly impacts how well we function. But many times we may feel like our mind has a “mind of its own.” For example:
- We fall into bed exhausted at the end of the day, craving a good night’s sleep, only to have our minds race in a million directions.
- Prayer is an exercise in futility, full of distractions and wandering thoughts.
- In the midst of conversations, we suddenly realize we haven’t heard a word the other person has said.
- We arrive at a destination with no recollection of how we got there.
These all-too-common occurrences are examples of how our minds can seem to be completely out of our control. We end up merely going through the motions day after day, feeling anxious and preoccupied. But it doesn’t have to be that way.
In The Mindful Catholic, Catholic psychologist Dr. Greg Bottaro explains how the practice of mindfulness can help us become aware of the present moment—and to accept and process what is happening. Catholic mindfulness is a practical way to trust God more in our lives. It helps bridge the gap between faith and everyday life so we can feel the sense of safety and peace God intends us to have.
Following the simple exercises in this book, you’ll discover how mindfulness can help you be more present to everything in your life—from making a trip to the grocery store or relaxing with friends to listening to a homily or meditating on the mysteries of the Rosary.
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