Discovering Key Attitudes to Nurture Mindfulness
Part of the Mindfulness For Dummies Cheat Sheet (UK Edition)
Your attitude to life makes all the difference. Use these attitudes to develop your capacity to be mindful, enabling you to live a more mindful life:
Curiosity – Become curious about your experience. How do you feel emotionally? What kind of thoughts are going through your head? What does your body feel like at the moment?
Acceptance – Acceptance doesn’t mean resignation. Mindfulness is about accepting how you feel right now, rather than denying it. Acceptance first, change comes later.
Kindness – Bring a sense of warm and caring compassion to your moment to moment experience. Be aware of your moment to moment experience with your heart as well as your head.
Letting go – You don’t need to try and hold on to pleasant experiences and push away unpleasant experiences. Have a sense of a light touch to your experience.
Non–judging – Observe whatever you are experiencing as it is, rather than classifying it into good or bad, like or dislike.
Non–striving – Allow yourself to experience whatever your experience is rather than creating a goal for some other experience and then striving to attain that different experience.
Patience – Change takes time. Foster your capacity to be patient.
Trust – Have confidence in the practice of mindfulness and in your inner self to guide you.
Beginner’s mind – Nurture your sense of being a beginner rather than an expert. ‘In the beginner's mind there are many possibilities, in the expert's mind there are few.’