In his book Full Catastrophe Living, Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ph.D. lists the seven attitudinal foundations of mindfulness. Here are the first four. We’ll talk about the last three (plus a bonus eighth) in our next post.
1. Non-judging – Whenever the mind gets quiet the critic comes out. Training in mindfulness require gently bringing yourself to the present moment, without judging the mind for wandering.
2. Trust – We are so accustomed to quick fixes in our culture, that the gentle “medicine” of mindfulness can feel lackluster. Trust in the process. If you can’t trust in the process, trust in the science. Mindfulness practice does change the structure and function of the brain.
3. Patience – Along with trust, use patience as a foundation for your ongoing practice. If today’s meditation session felt difficult, try again tomorrow. Remember that the practice has a cumulative affect of calming and regenerating the nervous system.
4. Beginners mind – So often we make assumptions about people, places, and things based on past experience. This is a cognitive flaw that can cause a lot of suffering. Try experiencing your mindfulness session, yoga practice or day at work as if it were the first time you have attempted these activities. Watch how this openness changes the quality of your experience.
That’s enough to think about for now, any comments on the first four? Do you find you use one of these attitudes to anchor your practice? Share your thoughts.
We wish you twenty minutes of peace every day!