I like to think of Christian Mindfulness as the practice of paying focused attention in the present moment, non-judgmentally, while we connect with God as our anchoring center of our experience. The present moment is the only one we can experience; the present moment acts to anchor our mind, preventing both rumination of the past and worry about the future. Mother Teresa is quoted as saying, “Each moment is all we need, not more.”
Jon Kabat-Zinn PhD, brought mindfulness to health psychology and is the founding Executive Director of the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. He is also the founding director of its renown Stress Reduction Clinic. He teaches mindfulness and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) in various venues around the world.  In 1979, Jon Kabat-Zinn recruited chronically ill patients not responding well to traditional treatments to participate in his eight-week stress-reduction program, called-Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) with positive results. Since then, considerable research has demonstrated how mindfulness-based interventions improve mental and physical health, over other psychological interventions.  Jon Kabat-Zinn defines mindfulness as: “Awareness that arises through paying attention, on purpose, in the present moment, non-judgmentally.” 
Mindfulness can be cultivated by practicing meditations focused on breathing (focused breathing awareness) or focused on the body (focused body scan). Mindfulness can also be cultivated as we go about our daily business without doing a sitting meditation by: mindful walking, mindful eating, mindful cleaning or showering, mindful listening or mindful awareness-paying attention to your environment through your fives senses.
Effects of Mindfulness
Mindfulness—the ability to focus, non-judgmental awareness on the present moment, has been shown through research to hold promise for treating a number of psychiatric conditions, including depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, bipolar disorder, and obsessive-compulsive disorder. Neuroscientist Richard Davidson, has done research showing the effects of mindfulness on the brain and it’s ability to improve psychological well-being and improvement in a range of other mental health conditions. Mindfulness increases brain activity in areas associated with attention and emotion regulation. Mindfulness also causes neuroplasticity—the creation of new connections and neural pathways in the brain. By training our attention to focus on the present here-and-now and not get carried away by our thoughts and feelings, has been shown to be an effective treatment for physical, emotional and mental health conditions. A landmark recent study from researchers at Lund University showed mindfulness treatment to be as effective as traditional talk therapy for treating anxiety and depression. Evidence of the efficacy of mindfulness-based treatments continues to grow. There are now nearly 500 scientific studies on mindfulness/meditation and the brain in the National Institute of Health’s PubMed database. 
Research has shown that practicing mindfulness, has the following variety of physical, psychological, and social benefits: Boosts our immune system; increases positive emotions, while reducing negative emotions and stress; changes our brain with increased density of gray matter, directly affecting our learning, memory, emotion regulation, and empathy; helps increase our concentration and focus, while decreasing distractions; enhances relationships by increasing acceptance, satisfaction, closeness and relaxation; mindful eating encourages healthier eating habits and weight loss; helps with parenting, careers, and those in prison. 
Radical acceptance is foundational to the practice of mindfulness. It is the idea of accepting everything in our entire field of awareness exactly as it is; without judging or trying to change it. Acceptance means allowing our thoughts and feelings to be as they are, regardless of whether they are painful or pleasant. It is opening up and making room for them. It is dropping the struggle—letting go of the fight and instead, allowing them come and go as they naturally do. Acceptance does not mean resignation or tolerating. Also, acceptance does not mean liking, wanting, or agreeing with; but rather, a willingness to experience, giving permission to be and not pushing away internal experience. It is making peace with what already is present in our awareness; good or bad. 
Christian Perspective Taking on Mindfulness
Symington (2012) in an article wrote that many Christians shy away from mindfulness meditation practices due to its association with Buddhism. Symington believes that the underlying principles of mindfulness are compatible with Christianity and believes Christians can participate in extracting the benefits of mindfulness meditation practices without embracing the Buddhists roots. Where the Buddhists see the self as an illusion; the psychological community see the self as the “I” observing sensory experience. The Christian community assigns meaning of the self as being connected to God; the One who give us breath of life. Tan (2011) believes the Christian recognizes the sacredness of the present moment and surrenders ones thoughts and feelings to God, as a means of connecting with God, rather than holding a passive stance toward internal sensations, as the Buddhists practice.
The psychological community recognizes that mindfulness practices are not dependent on any religious or philosophical worldview; thus removed from Buddhism roots. Jon Kabat-Zinn believes the practice of mindfulness is not dependent upon any religious belief system; therefore, it is accessible for all to practice. The meaning associated with a mindfulness exercise is what gives it validity, not the exercise itself, nor how others from a Buddhist tradition may practice the same exercise.
Practicing mindfulness exercises is compatible with Christian values as it encourages compassion and loving disposition towards self and others. The Christian benefits from the application of mindfulness principles and becomes less controlled by intense internal feeling states, thus allowing one to pursue Christian values and faith in God. 
Suggested Ways to Incorporate Christian Beliefs with Mindfulness Practices
During the Focused Breathing Awareness meditation; we can repeat a favorite scripture passage which helps us to connect with God, Jesus or Holy Spirit: On the in breath say….”Thank you or praise you or Lord, God…” and on the out breath say…”Loving God or God Most High or Bless Your Holy Name” or a combination of several favorite words, acknowledging God’s presence.
During the Focused Body Scan meditation; we can thank God for His wonderful Creation by saying… “I’m fearfully and wonderfully made or You give me life and I thank You or My body is a temple for the Most High God” or any words or scripture which acknowledges God creating our body and present with us in our moment of awareness.
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7. Symington, S. Ph.D. and Symington, M. Ph.D. (2012) Article; “A Christian Model of Mindfulness: Using Mindfulness Principles to Support Psychological Well-Being. Value-Based Behavior, and the Christian Spiritual Journey.” Journal of Psychology and Christianity, Vol 31: No. 1, 71-77.