Process Mindfulness—Fr. Charles Allen

Be mindful of yourself, not as a fixed thing but as a way of newly interacting (very recurrent, very inclusive, but still a way of newly interacting).

Likewise, be mindful of others, whether like or unlike you, not as fixed things but as other ways of newly interacting (more or less recurrent, more or less inclusive, but still ways of newly interacting).

Likewise, be mindful of general properties, rules and even physical “laws,” not as fixed or detachable “metathings” but as generally shareable ways of newly interacting.

Likewise, be mindful of particular events, stories and traditions that formed and are transforming you, not as fixed, stultifying things but as particularly shareable ways of newly interacting (example: the transformed and transforming “post-execution” life of Jesus of Nazareth). 

Likewise, be mindful of reality as such, the whole of reality, not as a fixed thing but as the exceedingly recurrent and all-inclusive way of newly interacting, whether or not you decide to call this “God” (but really, why not?).

Explore how being mindful in this way helps you integrate and renew all that you and others seem to experience.

I have been practicing this for over 40 years, and I continue to find being thus mindful to be the most helpful way to integrate and renew all that I and others seem to experience. It integrates my intellectual, emotional, ethical, aesthetic and spiritual inklings into one all-engaging exploration. For me at least, that’s every reason to keep exploring this way. (For more details on process thought, click here and here.)