Seven Attitudes of Mindfulness

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“Mindfulness means to be aware, awake. To be alive, attentive, receiving as we move through our day. Not brittle, blind, disjointed, out-of-touch, stressed, nervous, excited — or at least aware of these states and even having a bit of compassion for ourselves. This list is a reminder of another way to be in the world — really a relief, a way out of our distress.

  1. Nonjudging
  2. Patience
  3. Beginner’s mind
  4. Trust
  5. Nonstriving
  6. Accepting
  7. Letting go

“These seven attributes are the state of mind advantageous for writing, sitting, walking. Also for approaching your employees, your boss, friend, lover, enemy. A way to carry yourself. And we can so easily forget. Put the list on your refrigerator.”

—From Natalie Goldberg’s The True Secret of Writing: Connecting Life with Language

Written By Laura K Kerr, Ph.D
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