Seven Essential Attitudes of Mindfulness

Becky Boo is the founder of mindfulness, this inspiring woman lists seven essential attitudes of mindfulness basic posture to practice.

The seven essential attitudes of mindfulness are not independent of each other, but mutually reinforce and overlap. These attitude qualities are central in the mindfulness training. By pure mastery of these seven qualities you will be able to pay attention to what is occurring in the present without judging it. If you have become curious about the posture qualities, read on.

As humans we are constantly judging ourselves and our experiences, this habit is so highly implemented that we are hardly aware of it. The tendency to compare, judge, condemn and evaluate, on the other hand, is a source of conflict. During mindfulness you try to leave these comments and judgments behind as much as possible so that you are less influenced by them.

Sophrology

Often we feel the urge to find quick results and solutions, this is a pitfall that many people cannot avoid. Patience means that you can see things as they are and then leave them as they are. The wisdom of patience teaches us that nothing can stay as it is and that everything is constantly changing, even if we don’t see this transition from one moment to the next. By becoming aware of this, you let time do its work.

We almost always form ideas about who we are and how we are as human beings. Our assessments of people or situations are often determined by past experiences, our background and/or the environment from which we come. Mindfulness helps to put everything we think we know to one side and start over at any given moment. This means that we do not allow our thoughts to be colored by our thoughts, but instead look at every situation as new.

Our minds are conditioned to hold on to pleasant experiences. With a pleasant or special experience, there is soon the tendency to want to repeat this experience. The annoying thing is that experiences cannot be repeated, because every experience is unique. Of course, this process can also take place in reverse; our minds keep holding onto negative feelings and experiences. Letting go is a subtle art that can be achieved with daily practice.

Acceptance is different from approval; we can accept an unpleasant truth without being happy about it. The neutral observation and perception that mindfulness revolves around is independent of approval or disapproval. A good example of this is physical pain during meditation. The trick then is to accept it to the extent that you perceive the pain without wanting to push it away, without commenting on it and without attaching a judgment to it.

Of course you can change your position to give space to a cramped muscle, for example. In this way, the perception of the pain acquires a different quality and the resistance to it decreases. This will help you discover that part of the problem may be the tendency to avoid or suppress the pain. It’s all about the willingness to see things as they are without judgment.

Meditation has also been described as the art of doing nothing. In our consciousness there is an automatic tendency, which compares what occurs with what is desirable. Humans have a persistent tendency to want to change and improve themselves. It is therefore also wise to never enter a meditation with the idea: “I am going to meditate now so that I will be relaxed later”. This idea is guaranteed to make you frustrated during a meditation, because it directs a source of tension and unrest on yourself.

The last attitude quality focuses on confidence from within. We are often not used to turning our attention inward and relying on signals that come from within. Some mindfulness exercises can therefore be boring, painful or irritating. If this feeling arises, the trick is to trust that the direction of the process initiated by performing the exercise is positive.

Would you like to grow confidence in your self-healing ability through mindfulness training? Would you also like to experience a different way of being and perceiving? And do you want to be more conscious in life and learn to relax more? If so, I’d be happy to help you with that. During an experiential group training of eight weeks I will take on this challenge with you. In a comfortable setting I offer you plenty of space to experience what mindfulness is and can mean for you. Got curious? Keep reading.

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