The following principles of mindfulness have been identified by Jon Kabat-Zinn as ‘mindfulness attitudes’ designed to create a foundation for mindfulness meditation. Jon Kabat-Zinn is a mindfulness teacher who studied under Buddhist and Zen masters such as Thich Nhat Hanh and Seung Sahn.
You can try implementing these seven principles into your meditation or everyday life, starting from today!
Non-judging: being an impartial witness to your experience
You may find your mind wandering some of the time, or even most of the time! The key here is to try not to get mad or frustrated when your mind starts doing its own thing. Keep bringing the focus back to the present moment. Observing without judging helps you understand what is on your mind without editing it, or getting lost in your thoughts.
Patience: understanding that growth happens in its own time
This principle is about not letting our anxieties and desire for specific goals overpower the quality of the moment. When we trust that things will unfold naturally in their own time, we help to put our minds at ease and simply enjoy being present.
Beginner’s mind: a mind that is willing to see everything as it is for the first time
Adopting a beginner’s mind sets you free of expectations from past experiences. By practicing this principle we learn to remove any attachments to the past without any agenda other than being present.
Trust: a basic trust in yourself, feelings and experience
It is important to trust in ourselves and in our own feelings. Being confident that things will naturally unfold helps us to embody integrity.
Non-striving: there is no goal other than for you to be
This principle means that you have no goal other than just to be yourself it’s not about achieving relaxation or striving for bliss or anything else, just simply being yourself.
Acceptance: seeing things as they actually are in the present
This is about having a willingness to see and accept things the way they are. By fully excepting what each and every single moment has to offer you are able to experience life more completely.
Letting go: of the urge to gasp or push away experiences
This includes letting go of all for things are vents desires ideas and hopes views and experiences, post both pleasant and unpleasant the idea here is to allow things to be just as they are without getting caught up in attachment. This requires us to give up struggling all resisting and simply allow things to be just as they are.
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Wishing you well as always,