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From la-la-la to Mindfulness

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From la-la-la to Mindfulness
By Zen Breaks • Issue #79 • View online
ZEN BREAKS 79 - Understanding requires practice

“In all Asian languages, the word for mind and the word for heart are the same words. So in English when you hear the word mindfulness if you’re not hearing the word heartfulness you’re really not understanding it fully”. - Jon Kabat-Zinn
163. What is Mindfulness?
Based on what I have read, heard, and experienced about Mindfulness, I would say that there are simpler and more complex (or complete) ways to explain it.
Among the shortest explanations, the one that Susan Piver offers us in this video stands out for its simplicity.
A Simple Definition of Mindfulness
A Simple Definition of Mindfulness
“A very simple definition of what mindfulness is all it is is substituting your discursive mind for another object of attention. A mindfulness practice eases tension and improves communication.”
Basically, through the techniques and practices of mindfulness and meditation, our mind will no longer dragged around with thoughts so often.
We achieve some detachment from this confusion by focusing on the present moment. With the practice of this focus, our ability to concentrate grows.
We will become more capable of being an “observer participant” of our reality.
Everything will become more simple but also more complex, or rather, more complete.
9 Attitudes of Mindfulness
In the process of opening our conscience, other elements become important to deepen our approach to reality.
The reality, in addition to being observed for us, also needs to be felt by ourselves, we need to cultivate this ability to also feel reality so that we can understand it in all its fullness.
That way, we can get closer to everything, we can feel more a part of the life around us, and feel that interconnection.
In Jon Kabat-Zinn words:
“Mindfulness is the awareness that arises through paying attention, on purpose, in the present moment, non-judgmentally.” 
With that in mind (or rather, in heart), the 9 Attitudes of Mindfulness formulated by Jon Kabat Zinn can be especially important for cultivating mindfulness in our daily lives.
9 Attitudes Jon Kabat Zinn
9 Attitudes Jon Kabat Zinn
  1. Beginners Mind
  2. Non-Judging
  3. Acceptance
  4. Letting Go
  5. Trust
  6. Patience
  7. Non-Striving
  8. Gratitude
  9. Generosity
These attitudes can be a precious tool to deconstruct our cultural perception of reality and adopt a different vision.
They can help us to take a giant leap in our perception, in our consciousness.
Can allow us to go from what we:
  • analyze,
  • think,
  • categorize,
  • and judge,
to what can be
  • seen,
  • observed,
  • and explored,
with curiosity and without judgments and expectations.
Whatever process or Mindfulness’ explanation makes the most sense for each of us, I believe that the common ground we will reach through its practice will always be simple: a simpler way of life and a bigger communion with our interior self and with the best of others.
I wish that we all dare to try these new attitudes.
The reward of a more meaningful life awaits us at every moment.
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