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The 9 Attitudes of Mindfulness

The 9 attitudes of mindfulness are a set of mental qualities or states that can support and deepen the practice of mindfulness meditation. These attitudes were originally identified by Jon Kabat-Zinn, the founder of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), and they are as follows:

  1. Non-judging: The attitude of non-judging involves observing experiences and thoughts without evaluating them as good or bad. It is about developing a non-reactive stance towards one's inner experience.

  2. Patience: Patience is the ability to allow things to unfold in their own time, without trying to force or control them. It involves accepting the present moment as it is, even if it is uncomfortable or difficult.

  3. Beginner's mind: This attitude involves approaching each moment with a sense of curiosity and openness as if experiencing it for the first time. It involves letting go of preconceptions and assumptions.

  4. Trust: Trust involves trusting in one's own experience and inner wisdom, as well as in the process of mindfulness practice itself. It involves cultivating a sense of confidence and self-reliance.

  5. Non-striving: Non-striving is about letting go of the desire to achieve a particular outcome from the practice of mindfulness. Instead, it involves being present and fully engaged in the present moment, without trying to change anything.

  6. Acceptance: Acceptance involves acknowledging and accepting the present moment, even if it is not what we would like it to be. It involves being kind and compassionate towards oneself, and letting go of the tendency to judge or criticize oneself.

  7. Letting go: Letting go involves releasing attachment to thoughts, feelings, and experiences. It involves accepting impermanence and cultivating a sense of serenity.

  8. Gratitude: Gratitude involves cultivating an attitude of appreciation and thankfulness towards life, even in the midst of difficulties or challenges.

  9. Generosity: Generosity involves cultivating an attitude of kindness and compassion towards oneself and others. It involves letting go of self-centeredness and being open to the needs of others.

You can also watch the video below about the nine attitudes of mindfulness:


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