VISTAS Spirituality and Counseling Issues

VISTAS Online is an innovative publication produced for ACA by Dr. Garry R. Walz and Dr. Jeanne C. Bleuer of Counseling Outfitters, LLC. Its purpose is to provide a means of capturing the ideas, information and experiences generated by the annual ACA Conference and selected ACA Division Conferences. Papers on a program or practice that has been validated through research or experience may also be submitted. This digital collection of peer-reviewed articles is authored by counselors, for counselors. VISTAS Online contains the full text of over 900 proprietary counseling articles published from 2004 to 2017.

The Navigation Tools of Spiritual Mindfulness

Mary O. Onungwe


Mindfulness is a primary tool to help clients get in touch with their inner selves. Although mindfulness originates in the Buddhist doctrine of faith, practices from Jewish and Christian scripture, as well as patristic fathers and mothers, support the same principles. Mindfulness provides a door to the exploration of the core principles of The Four Noble Truths. Stated simply the Four Noble truths are: a) to live life is to suffer, b) attachment is the cause of suffering, c) there can be an end to suffering, and d) follow the path of the Middle Way or the Eight Fold Path (Gunaratana, 2002; Kumar, 2002). Life is suffering; this truth is seen repeatedly in the Gospels. Two examples among many that could be cited are the paralyzed man at the pool in John 5:6, and the woman with the issue of blood in Luke 8:45.

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