What is a Mindful Heart?
\ ˈmīn(d)-fəl \
adjective: inclined to be aware1
“What about The Mindful Heart for the company name?” my friend asked. “Do you like that name?”
I stood silent for a moment, unsure of what to say. I wasn’t certain if I liked it. To be honest, I wasn’t even really sure what it meant.
“What does the word mindful mean to you?” I finally managed to say. Listening, I tried to understand her explanation.
I liked the sound of it, but I still didn’t fully understand the meaning. “It’s a possibility,” I said. I hoped my voice didn’t give away my uncertainty.
What is a mindful heart? It took some time before I completely understood just what a mindful heart is. But once I understood, I knew there couldn’t be a more fitting name for what we want to share here.
A mindful heart is one that is aware and one that knows what is right. It is a heart that is aware of the world and of those around it. Isn’t that what we ultimately want for our children—to be aware and understand what is going on in the world around them, to be able to decipher truth and righteousness, and to be aware of and care for others?
I look at the world today. Fear has overtaken the lives of so many. People don’t know what to think, what to say, or what to do. Right is made to look wrong, and wrong is made to look right. Friends have become foes, and contention has become the norm.
Deep down, though, I feel the world is longing for hearts that feel, for hearts that know God, and for hearts that are willing to share the light of truth with others.
So where is our place in all of this? Should we fear? What should we do?
President Russel M. Nelson asks this of us:
"I plead with my sisters of [the] Church . . . to step forward! Take your rightful and needful place in your home, in your community, and in the kingdom of God—more than you ever have before.”
The Lord is asking us to step forward and help bring hearts to Him. When our heart is one with God’s, we are mindful and far better at understanding all that is around us. The Lord needs and wants us parents to have mindful hearts and wants our children to have mindful hearts too, for mindful hearts are necessary to build the Kingdom of God!
1The Merriam-Webster Dictionary online, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mindful
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