We all love the idea of discovering treasure, whether we find it in the attic or even come across it on a walk through a field or along a beach. And that is probably why there are so many TV programmes about treasure including Posh Pawn, Flog It and Antiques Roadshow.

The TV programmes focus on physical things, which will decay and can also be broken or stolen. Their value is transient.

Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

This is a quotation from the Bible (Matthew 6:21) and, regardless of whether you have a Christian faith or not, I suspect it rings true for many.

It can be a challenge to look beyond the material world, turning our attention to a spiritual realm. And yet it is there that we can find things that endure such as peace, love and joy.

Mindfulness can help us to practice awareness: awareness of our minds, our bodies, and our spirits. It is good to value our thoughts (although some will mislead us); it is good to value our health (although our bodies will fail us); it is enduring to nurture our spirit.

As we nurture our spirits we can discover more about what is sometimes called the kingdom of heaven or the kingdom of God. We catch glimpses of it at times in our relationships with others and more fully as we pause and take the risk of a relationship with the One who breathed the very breath of life into us. We can choose to seek that kind of treasure – no big moment perhaps for us on Antiques Roadshow but treasure beyond our wildest imagining.

This is Mindful Monday on 30 July 2018. 

If you live in or near Cheltenham, join Sara Shailer and Julie Hill for an evening of mindfulness in the outdoors tonight 7 til 8.30 pm. The theme is ‘the gallery of the outdoors’. Call, email or message on Facebook for details of location.

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