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Mindfulness champion Jon Kabat-Zinn first outlined seven mindfulness attitudes in his 1991 book Full Catastrophe Living: Using the Wisdom of Your Body and Mind to Face Stress, Pain, and Illness. In recent years, Kabat-Zinn has added two more attitudes to his list to make a total of nine. In this video interview, Kabat-Zinn explains that these attitudes can help keep us from forcing any expected result from practicing mindfulness or "moment-to-moment non-judmental awareness."

Nine Mindfulness Attitudes

  • Beginners Mind embracing curiosity
  • Non-Judging observing objectively
  • Non-Striving focusing on the present moment
  • Acceptance welcoming what is
  • Patience allowing things to unfold in their own time
  • Letting Go detaching from thoughts, feelings, beliefs, outcomes
  • Compassion having compassion for yourself and others
  • Gratitude holding a sense of appreciation for the present moment and its offerings 
  • Generosity giving of yourself for others

In my mindfulness practice, I often use one of these attitudes as a touchstone or reminder that I can shift my perspective and approach a situation differently. In this video interview (also embedded below), Kabat-Zinn explains that each attitude embodies all the others. "Any one of these attitudes," he describes, "is a door into all of them, and that's why they really are forming, in some sense, just different ways of understanding what mindfulness is really about."

  

 

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