7 attitudes of mindfulness

Mindfulness is a practice rooted in acceptance and the present moment and has many ways it can be experienced and communicated. In Full Catastrophe Living (1990), Jon Kabat-Zinn details seven specific attitudes that form a basis for mindfulness, these are non-judging, patience, beginner’s mind, trust, non-striving, acceptance, and letting go. Understanding and incorporating these attitudes can enhance our practice and overall well-being.

Here we have presented the 7 attitudes in some simple images and slides to help you communicate the core concepts and techniques.

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About the 7 attitudes of mindfulness

These seven attitudes form a basis for mindfulness, taken from In Full Catastrophe Living (1990) by Jon Kabat-Zinn.

  1. Non-judging:
    This involves observing our thoughts and experiences without labeling them. It encourages acceptance and curiosity, helping us perceive things as they are, free from criticism.
  2. Patience:
    Patience is about accepting the current moment without rushing towards a specific outcome. It fosters calmness and resilience, aiding us in handling challenges gracefully.
  3. Beginner’s mind:
    This attitude is about approaching every moment with curiosity and open-mindedness, as if experiencing it for the first time. It promotes fresh perspectives and deeper self-understanding.
  4. Trust:
    Trust refers to having faith in our inner wisdom and life’s inherent goodness. It allows us to let go of control, embrace the present moment, and navigate uncertainty easier.
  5. Non-striving:
    Non-striving is about being present without aiming for a specific outcome. It involves focusing on the process and finding fulfillment in the journey itself.
  6. Acceptance:
    Acceptance is acknowledging and embracing our present experiences, regardless of their comfort level. It encourages compassion and fosters peace and well-being.
  7. Letting go:
    This attitude is about releasing attachment to thoughts and experiences, allowing them to pass without clinging. It promotes a sense of ease and freedom.

 

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