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Listen to Your BEATS to Find Focus

Are you having trouble focusing? Do you feel distracted, anxious, or stressed? Christian mindfulness can help. This simply noticing what is happening in and around you in God's presence.

Are you having trouble finding focus? Do you feel distracted, anxious, or stressed? Christian mindfulness can help. This simply noticing what is happening in and around you in God’s presence. There is nothing new age or dangerous about this. In fact, you may find healing and a closer relationship with God and others as a result of practicing mindfulness.

I want to introduce you to a mindfulness practice that I use regularly called BEATS. I like to use it whenever I am feeling stressed or need focus. It’s also useful when I am about to enter an extended period of silence and solitude. Before reading scripture, it helps to remove distracting thoughts and focus on my relationship with God. I am more present to God, myself, and others when I practice BEATS.

When I am working with a pastor who is amped up through fear, anxiety, or anger, this practice helps us reduce the intensity, so we can focus on our work. I’ve used it both individually or in groups. It can be a great practice for small groups to begin their meeting or before prayer.

The BEATS practice usually takes 15 to 20 minutes as we notice what is happening in our Body, Environment, Affections, Thoughts, and Soul. It’s a contemplative and prayerful practice. So, it’s helpful to focus on God’s presence as you work your way through the steps.  I have written more about how you can incorporate this practice into your times of prayer, silence, and solitude in an earlier article.

I learned this practice from Dr. Charles Stone Jr. in his book People-Pleasing Pastors. I’ve modified it slightly, but he deserves the credit for the practice. If you wish to explore Christian mindfulness more, check out Dr. Stone’s book Holy Noticing.

This recording will guide you through the BEATS practice in the same way I use it in my coaching and spiritual direction.


BEATS Mindfulness Practice

Author of 𝑻𝒉𝒆 𝑾𝒆𝒂𝒓𝒚 𝑳𝒆𝒂𝒅𝒆𝒓’𝒔 𝑮𝒖𝒊𝒅𝒆 𝒕𝒐 𝑩𝒖𝒓𝒏𝒐𝒖𝒕: 𝑨 𝑱𝒐𝒖𝒓𝒏𝒆𝒚 𝒇𝒓𝒐𝒎 𝑬𝒙𝒉𝒂𝒖𝒔𝒕𝒊𝒐𝒏 𝒕𝒐 𝑾𝒉𝒐𝒍𝒆𝒏𝒆𝒔𝒔 Zondervan Reflective, March 28, 2023 | West Michigan Regional Director for Pastor-in-Residence Ministries ( | Co-host of the Hope Renewed podcast | Clergy Coach | Certified PRO-D facilitator | Spiritual director | Graduate of the Soul Care Institute | Provides training in soul care and leadership | Consults for churches and leadership teams | Leads workshops and retreats | Served as an ordained pastor for 18 years | MDiv from Grand Rapids Theological Seminary. | Learn more about Sean at

1 comment on “Listen to Your BEATS to Find Focus

  1. Min Jacqueline Moore

    This is so calming and I will practice this from this day moving forward. Thanks

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