✨Curious about mindfulness, but not sure where to start?
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➡️Mindfulness is a practice that can be so elusive in application. So many of us feel like we are “doing it wrong” or are uncertain about how we should feel while practicing.
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Jon Kabat-Zinn, the founder of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), offers nine qualities or attitudes we can develop as we practice mindful living.
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⭐️As we cultivate these qualities or attitudes, we naturally become more mindful.
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Non-judging: Letting go of judgement of our thoughts, emotions, and sensations. In turn, letting go of judging others.
Acceptance: Accepting the present moment as it is; accepting ourselves in the present moment as we are. Out of acceptance, we develop the power to make changes we desire in our lives. If we do not accept the reality of things as they are, we cannot affect meaningful change.
Patience: Creating space for setbacks, disappointments, frustrations. Allowing moments to move at their own pace rather than pushing them along.
Beginner’s Mind: Approaching any mindfulness practice (I.e. meditation, mindful eating, mindful listening, etc.) as though it is the first time we have ever practiced it.
Trust: Trusting our intuition to lead us in the right direction. Listening to our inner voice - tuning in enough to hear it clearly.
Non-Striving: Allowing the present moment to come to us and allowing ourselves to be in the present moment without striving for a particular outcome.
Letting Go: Letting go of unhealthy attachment to thoughts, behaviors, relationships, and material possessions.
Gratitude: Offering thanks for the good and pleasant moments of life. Looking for the aspects of life to appreciate.
Generosity: Giving our time and energy generously to ourselves and to others.
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😳Trying to practice all nine of these qualities or attitudes all at once can feel overwhelming.
✅I invite you to pick one of the above attitudes or qualities to focus on this week.
If you would like to discuss these nine qualities or attitudes further and/or would like support in developing your mindfulness practice, please reach out to set up a complimentary 15-minute wellness consultation.
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