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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