Whether you’re awake at 3 pm unable to sleep because of wandering thoughts, feeling overwhelmed, or simply need some self-soothing, mindfulness is a life skill for every modern soul managing today’s lifestyle.
You’ve probably heard about Mindfulness and maybe came across some kind of practice. But what is it really, and why is it so beneficial for many of us? I recommend you take a closer look at Ph.D. Jon-Kabat Zinn, one of the most inspiring people bringing mindfulness from the East to the West. He is known for his work as a scientist, writer, and meditation teacher, engaged in bringing mindfulness into the mainstream of medicine and society. Simply put, here is where it all started in the very modern West.
Mindfulness is an eastern knowledge with a western approach, and the absolute core is how to live in the present moment, with an accepting and non-judgmental attitude to ourselves and 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 form an interconnected foundation for mindfulness practice.
Mindfulness can help you become more at ease, maximize your enjoyment of simple things, and wind down for a relaxing night’s sleep.
Here’s 7 attitudes of mindfulness
The ability to see reality without mental and personal filters (such as earlier experiences, fears, expectations, etc). Objective attitude
The ability to let things run its natural course. To not force things to happen and embrace the process as it is and not push outcomes.
The ability to see things with a beginner’s 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.
The ability to trust yourself and your strength in all types of situations. Ability to believe that things are working for you and not against you.
The ability to be thankful for what is and stay present at the moment without striving for what’s next.
The ability to see reality as it is and not what we want it to be in our beliefs. Staying in reality without judgment or resistance.
The ability to let go of the 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
Curious about mindfulness and meditation? Read The Minimalist’s Guide to Meditation here.