In the last post, Mindful Attention, we learned that breathing can combat stress, but we have to have the right attitude. Finally, we need to practice mindfulness to enjoy the full benefits it may bring.
For mindfulness, it is important to keep in mind why and how you want to practice it. However, equally important is the way you approach the practice. With the right attitude, mindfulness can be a nurturing experience.
Put simply, mindfulness is intentionally paying attention with kindness – Shapiro, 201
How many of us have negative self-talk? It is not uncommon to hear the phrase “we are our own worst critic.” Mindfulness practice asks that you step away from that critical viewpoint and adopt a kinder, self-accepting, self-nurturing and compassionate attitude. There are a few key attitudes that help in practicing mindfulness.
Non-judgment: Step back from your thoughts and notice their existence impartially.
Patience: Let things unfold in their own time
Beginner’s mind: See the world with childlike wonder.
Trust: Honor your feelings.
Non-striving: Focus on being, not doing.
Acceptance: Acknowledge the truth of your life.
Letting go: Accepting things as they are