The road to Mindfulness

One of the most inspiring people bringing mindfulness from East to the West, is Jon Kabat-Zinn, a Ph.D. who is known for his work as a scientist, writer, and meditation teacher, engaged in bringing mindfulness into the mainstream of medicine and society.

Mindfulness is an eastern knowledge with a western approach, and is at its core about an accepting and non judgemental attitude to ourselves and to our life. As we practice mindfulness, we gradually become more present and aware of ourselves and our surroundings. In “Full Catastrophe Living” (1990) Jon Kabat-Zinn outlines 7 different Attitudes of mindfulness, that forms an interconnected foundation for mindfulness practice.

Non judgement refers to the ability to see reality without mental and personal filters (such as earlier experiences, fears, expectations etc). Objective attitude

Patience refers to the ability to let things run it’s natural course. To not force things to happen and embrace the process as it is and not push outcomes.

Curiosity refers to the ability to see things with a beginners mind, as if we saw them for the very first time. To stay open to whatever happens, and to see a bigger picture and several different perspectives. 

Trust refers to the ability to trust yourself and your strenght in all types of situations. Ability to believe that things are working for you and not against you. 

Non strival refers to the ability to be thankful for what is and stay present in the moment without striving for what’s next. 

Acceptance refers to the ability to see reality as it is and not what we want it to be in our believes. Staying in reality without judgement or resistance.

Non attachment refers to the ability to let go of attachment of things, believes, relations etc. To let go of what doesn’t serve us. 

“Mindfulness means paying attention in a particular way: on purpose, in the present moment, and non judgmentally.”
Jon Kabat-Zinn

Seal family in New Zealand. Photography Rickard Fält ©

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