Mindfulness is variously translated and understood as “the quality or state of being conscious or aware of something” and “a mental state achieved by focusing one's awareness on the present moment.” If there is an underlying 'philosophy' to mindfulness it is gentle awareness and acceptance of what is.In other words, mindfulness is based in reality and attention.
The gospel according to Matthew explains the importance of this concept for the faithful:
“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?
“And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. (from Matthew 6)
Other scripture verses related to God's mindfulness of his creation:
What is mankind that you are mindful of them, human beings that you care for them? (Psalm 8:4)
Cast all your anxiety on him, because he cares for you. (1 Peter 5:7)
Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father’s care. And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows. (Matthew 10:29-30)
This recognition of God's care resulted in Mary's trust of God's plan in her own circumstance, and she is noted as saying,"for he has been mindful of the humble state of his servant" (Luke 1:48a)
God is clearly quite mindful of us. Not only is he miraculously aware of us, he accepts us—lovingly and completely—despite our sins and weaknesses, thereby conferring high honors upon us—chief among which are the blessings of redemption, salvation, and eternal life brought to us by our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. His love is that present and true.
An awareness of God’s loving mindfulness is essential to our spiritual life. This awareness opens us to God’s gift of hope.. As children of God we are heirs to his mindful love, and this awareness makes a difference in our lives as we seek to follow the teachings of the Lord.
Let us celebrate God’s mindfulness and adopt a similar attitude of care in response.