The foundational attitudes of mindfulness describe the major pillars of formal mindfulness practice (sitting) and in your informal practice being your life. The attitudes guide us to an effective way to approach awareness, so we can understand awareness isn’t a type of concentration or brain training exercise that can feel forced, rigid or striving toward attaining some ‘special state.’
Mindfulness can be one of the most challenging things to do because we are identified with holding onto to certain states and not others and doing so can be problematic not because of the states themselves but because of our identification with who we ‘think’ we are is very, very small and different to who we actually are in the vast ocean of consciousness.
Learning mindfulness is an invitation to explore, cultivate and understand these attitudes in the practices, making it easier to then embody them authentically and bring them forth in everyday life, after all that is the reason we mostly practice.
In this video Jon Kabat-Zinn talks about the attitude of non-judgement and it is an important one and often used and recognised in the definition of mindfulness. In mindfulness practice we get to see and become aware of how judgmental we actually are and in the practice we get to not judge the judging and this allows discernment, wisdom, understanding and the interconnectedness of things to unfold gently in our awareness.