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Mindfulness Foundations - Helpful Attitudes

ᴡʜᴀᴛ ᴀʀᴇ ꜱᴏᴍᴇ ʙᴇɴᴇꜰɪᴄɪᴀʟ ᴀᴛᴛɪᴛᴜᴅᴇꜱ ᴛᴏ ᴄᴜʟᴛɪᴠᴀᴛᴇ ᴡʜᴇɴ ʙᴇɢɪɴɴɪɴɢ ᴀ ᴍɪɴᴅꜰᴜʟɴᴇꜱꜱ ᴘʀᴀᴄᴛɪᴄᴇ?



Are you interested in mindfulness but unsure where to start?


The positive attitudes and commitment you cultivate will become like the fertile soil upon which you can plant the seeds of training your awareness and further developing your mindfulness practice.


Here are some useful foundational attitudes to cultivate*:


·      𝗡𝗼𝗻-𝗷𝘂𝗱𝗴𝗺𝗲𝗻𝘁 – mindfulness is cultivated by paying attention to your current experience while not getting caught up in preconceived ideas or preferences

·      𝗣𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗲𝗻𝗰𝗲 – patience is a form of wisdom that demonstrates we understand and accept the fact that sometimes things must unfold in their own time

·      𝗕𝗲𝗴𝗶𝗻𝗻𝗲𝗿'𝘀 𝗺𝗶𝗻𝗱 – the richness of the present moment is the richness of life itself, let’s not take the ordinary for granted and fail to grasp the extraordinariness of life

·      𝗧𝗿𝘂𝘀𝘁 – develop the trust in yourself and your feelings as the best guidance you will find along the way

·      𝗡𝗼𝗻-𝘀𝘁𝗿𝗶𝘃𝗶𝗻𝗴 – in the meditative domain, the best way to achieve your goals is to back off from striving for results and instead shifting focus to allowing things to unfold

·      𝗔𝗰𝗰𝗲𝗽𝘁𝗮𝗻𝗰𝗲 – acceptance means seeing things as they are in the present and coming to terms with reality

·      𝗟𝗲𝘁𝘁𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗴𝗼 – in mindfulness practice we put aside the tendency to elevate some aspects of our experience while rejecting others; instead, we just let our experience be what it is and practice observing it from moment to moment



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* Adapted from the 𝘍𝘶𝘭𝘭 𝘊𝘢𝘵𝘢𝘴𝘵𝘳𝘰𝘱𝘩𝘦 𝘓𝘪𝘷𝘪𝘯𝘨 by Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn.



Institute for Mindfulness and Meditation

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