Mindful Influence ~ Creating conscious moments

Kari Estrada

Checking Our Attitudes

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It is not easy to always be aware and awake in the present moment…it takes practice.  Mindfulness can benefit our emotions, health, and relationships.  Laying down a foundation is important to notice how our minds work as well as developing self-discipline. 

I have mentioned in earlier posts about the book, Full Catastophe Living by Jon Kabat-Zinn.  This served as my introduction to mindfulness and to several meditation techniques.  Below, I will briefly define the seven attitudes that Kabat-Zinn outlines for a mindfulness foundation.

  1. Non-Judging – to be impartial to our own experiences and to take each moment for what it is. 
  2. Patience – be patient with yourself and know that things will develop in their own time; not expecting certain outcomes. 
  3. Beginner’s Mind – observing or noticing as if you are seeing something for the first time. 
  4. Trust – trust in yourself through your emotions and thoughts; listen to yourself.
  5. Non-Striving – let go of trying; have no expectations
  6. Acceptance – seeing things or situations for what they are; accept each moment.
  7. Letting Go – experiencing the now; not worrying about the past or the future

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I wrote all of these down on a post-it note and placed one in my notebook, one on my desk, and one on my mirror.  I started to pay attention to my thinking and how I could respond to myself, others, or situations with these attitudes.  Writing or responding to e-mail, having a conversation with my husband, and listening in meetings are a few examples of situations where I started to apply the seven attitudes outside of my meditation.

Each of these attitudes influence and integrate with each other.  If you work on one, it will lead you to the others.  Encouraging and nurturing these seven attitudes along with motivation will lead you to a self-disciplined and committed mindfulness practice.  

Please comment on your beginnings of laying your mindful attitudinal foundation.

 

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Author: Kari Estrada

Hi, my name is Kari Estrada. I grew up in Anchorage, Alaska where I earned my BBA in Accounting from the University of Alaska, Anchorage. In 2005 I moved to Reno, Nevada. I married my best friend and am currently a stay-at-home Mom to my two beautiful children. I am pursuing my MBA from the University of Nevada, Reno. My purpose is to educate others about mindfulness and how it can influence our lives. Practicing mindfulness allows me to grow and learn each day. It guides me to be in the present moment, to trust the journey of each day, and to create positive experiences. Please feel free to share your thoughts and experiences when reading my blog.

6 thoughts on “Checking Our Attitudes

  1. Mindfulness has a life of it’s own. I got smacked with awareness of how judgmental I can be when visiting Las Vegas last week. Wow, did I get a lot of practice!

  2. Very helpful. Reading this brings remembrance to be aware, awake and alive. Thank you

  3. I like how you mention that all of the mindful attitudes are interconnected. I have been trying to practice being non-judgmental of others and of myself. In this practice, I’ve learned that having no expectations allows me to have no judgement. Not judging myself has been my biggest challenge so far, and lowering my expectation, ultimately to a level of zero expectation, has improved my quality of life in a great way.

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