Mindfulness

Mindfulness is the practice of cultivating non-judgemental awareness in day-to-day life.

When you are mindful of this moment, you are present for your life and your experience just as it is . . .

          Not as you hoped it would be

          Not as you expected it to be

          Not seeing more or less than what is here

          Not with judgments that can lead you to a conditioned reaction

. . . but for exactly what is here, as it unfolds, meeting each moment with equanimity.

 

In addition to paying attention, mindfulness depends on certain attitudes which to a great extent will determine the long-term value of mindfulness to us:

Acceptance - opening up to whatever is happening in the moment – accepting whatever you notice whether you like it or not.

Letting Go - letting go of our thoughts about the way we think things are or should be, or an image we have of ourselves or tension in the body - recognizing our attachments and making room for seeing things as they really are.

Non-Judging - judgments limit what we experience - we don’t really notice what it is like, when it changes, or what we can do about it.

Non-striving - when we focus on the end result we usually miss out on what is happening along the way.

Patience - without patience you will always want things to be different than they are.

Trust - trusting your own feelings, intuition and wisdom will connect you with your own inner resources for coping with the challenges of living.

Beginner’s Mind – Curiousity – Investigation - notice your thinking patterns and behaviours as if you have never done them before - acquire a new perspective on old patterns and open up to new possibilities.

Further Reading: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mindfulness