This Is My Story: Lydia Bricker
But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you. – John 14:26 ESV
Fractured: Mind, Body, and Spirit
Disassociation is marked by periods of feeling disconnected
or detached from one's body and thoughts. The disorder is sometimes described as feeling like you are observing yourself from outside your body or like being in a dream.
Essentially you become the narrator to your story.
You are the puppet master and nothing that could possibly happen to you can hurt you. In your mind you have conquered pain and made it through--but you really have only deflected and become numb.
1. Meditating on the Things of God
An essential part of learning Christian mindfulness is shifting your focus and noticing what you’re paying attention to. Take time focusing on a passage of Scripture, reflecting on the words, and conversing with God about it. Meditating with the Lord is like a spiritual workout for your attention muscles. It’s a spiritual discipline that trains you to focus your attention on one thing, The Lord.
2. Mindful Pauses and Check-Ins
Simply taking a couple of minutes to stop, close your eyes, and direct your attention to God. Thank Him for being with you and talk with Him for a moment. Tell Him whatever’s on your mind. Take a couple of deep breaths, and simply rest in the knowledge that He is with you right now, before going on with your day with a continued awareness of His presence. Something I’ll add to this is having someone alongside of you who is in the loop on your journey, who you will welcome encouragement and correction from. You need a disciple in your day in and day out life.
3.Mindful Awareness During Everyday Activities
There was a research study that found that washing dishes mindfully can help you feel more relaxed and less stressed. If we take that mindful awareness of the experience of washing dishes, and add awareness of God’s presence, it transforms a simple, everyday chore into an act of worship and gratitude for the Lord’s loving involvement in our present experiences.
There is a book I highly recommend in experiencing The Lord day in and day out and that book is “The Practice of the presence of God” by Brother Lawrence. It is a collection of letters and conversations with a 17th-century French monk.