Hey everybody! Today I wanted to talk about Mindfulness attitudes and how we can integrate them into our daily lives! Mindfulness Stress Reduction Programme’s founder Jon Kabat Zinn describes mindfulness as ”Mindfulness is the awareness that arises through paying attention, on purpose, in the present moment, non-judgmentally. I then sometimes add, in the service of self-understanding and wisdom.”
Mindfulness attitudes are talked about during the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Programme. They are like little cues or reminders that can help you to practice being mindful in everyday life. I’ll be also giving examples of few books at the end of this post that would be great for Mindfulness beginners, or even long-term mindfulness practitioners.
So, what are these attitudes? The first one is Acceptance. When a feeling or a thought comes to your attention, the strategy is to simply accept it. You can tell yourself that ” The feeling is there”. or ” I can now see my anxious thoughts.” The thing is not to get attached to them and allow them to pass.
The second one is Letting Go. Just like acceptance, learn to let go of any thought or feeling you might encounter during the day.
Third; Non Judging. Whenever we have a thought we have this way of labeling it, either as a good or a bad one. With the non-judging attitude, we learn to accept/ see the feeling as it is.
Patience. This attitude is crucial in the way that we can learn how to show patience towards ourselves when we do something wrong, fail a test, or maybe we had a bad day. This can also be applied when we feel sad for example. When we show patience towards the situation we are in, we reassure ourselves that it is temporary.
Beginner’s Mind. I think this might be my favorite attitude. It simply means to do a task you always use to do from a different perspective, from a fresh view. Act as if you are doing it for the first time. Be curious. What would you feel if it was your first time playing the guitar for example?
Trust. Trust that the hard situation is temporary. Have trust in the process. Also, trust in yourself when you don’t feel like accepting an invitation, or if you feel like something’s off with someone.
Non-striving. We tend to like to copy others. We have the tendency to follow the crowd. But we are unique in a way that no one can replace us be like us. We have this authentic self ready to be shown to the world. Why are we waiting then? Let your spirit soar! 😀
Gratitude. We always have to be grateful. It’s the little things in life that matter, doesn’t it?
Generosity. We like to and tend to give our time and attention to others. But have you lately gave that attention to yourself? Maybe a pat on your back or buying yourself something you have been wanting for long. Go ahead and do it!
Hope you all enjoyed this post! Please let me know in the comments below if you want to read more Mindfulness related posts here on my blog! I love writing about it. Hopefully, these attitudes will be helpful for you in some way! 🙂
Until the next post, friends!