The Seven Attitudes of Mindfulness

The seven attitudes of mindfulness listed below form the foundation for mindfulness. When you are learning to engage with life mindfully, it can be helpful to briefly reviewing these attitudes before beginning your daily practice. This will serve as a helpful reminder to embrace curiosity and compassion as you learn to observe your thoughts, feelings, and body sensations.

Non-Judging — Mindfulness is cultivated by paying close attention to your moment-to-moment experience while, as best you can, not getting caught up in your ideas and opinions, likes and dislikes. This orientation allows us to see things more as they may actually be than through our own distorted lenses and agendas.

Patience — Patience is a form of wisdom. It demonstrates that we understand and accept the fact that sometimes things must unfold in their own time. To be patient is to be completely open to each moment, accepting it in its fullness.

Beginner’s Mind — Too often we let our thinking and our beliefs about what we “know” prevent us from seeing things as they really are. We tend to take the ordinary for granted and fail to grasp the extraordinaries of the ordinary. To see the richness of the present moment, we need to cultivate what has been called the “beginner’s mind,” a mind that is willing to see everything as if for the first time.

Trust – Developing a basic trust in yourself and your feelings is an integral part of meditation training. It is far better to trust in your intuition and your own authority, even if you make some “mistakes” along the way, than to always look outside for guidance. This attitude of trusting yourself and your own basic wisdom and goodness is very important in all aspects of the meditation practice and is particularly useful in yoga.

Non-Striving — Although it takes a lot of work and energy of a certain kind, ultimately meditation is a non-doing. It has no goal other than for you to be yourself. The irony is that you already are. This sounds paradoxical and a little crazy, yet it points you toward a new way of seeing yourself, one in which you are trying less and doing more.

Acceptance — Acceptance means seeing things as they actually are in the present. In the meditation practice, we cultivate acceptance by taking each moment as it comes and being with it fully, as it is. We try not to impose our ideas about what we “should” be feeling or thinking or seeing in our experience. Instead, we just remind ourselves to be receptive and open to whatever we are feeling, thinking, or seeing, and to accept it because it is here right now.

Letting Go — In the meditation practice, we intentionally put aside the tendency to elevate some aspects of our experience and reject others. Instead, we just let our experience be what it is, and practice observing it from moment to moment. Letting go is a way to letting things be, of accepting things as they are.

While these foundations are relatively simple to think about, they can be much more challenging to practice in real-time. You’re encouraged to incorporate these into your own mindfulness practice, even if it’s only for a single minute at a time!

Share this post

hi, I'm Amanda

I am a licensed therapist and certified mental performance consultant with a strong calling to empower others with the knowledge, awareness, and skills needed to navigate life on their own terms.

Individual Therapy

Integrative, trauma-informed counseling services for adults and adolescents to promote self-healing and lasting change.

Mental Performance Consulting

Mindfulness-based skills training to elevate performance and enjoyment for athletes, exercisers, students, & executives.

Habit Refresh

This website uses cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website.