Kabat-Zinn describes seven "pillars of mindfulness practice."
- non-judging - just watch whatever comes up as an observer
- patience - "why rush through some moments to get to other, 'better' ones? After all, each one is your life at that moment"
- beginner's mind - "...allows us to be receptive to new possibilities and prevents us from getting stuck in the rut of our own expertise, which often thinks it knows more than it does."
- trust - in yourself and your feelings; "It is impossible to become like somebody else. Your only hope is to become more fully yourself."
- non-striving - do not set any goals or desired outcomes for the eight week period
- acceptance - "remember, now is the only time you have for anything. You have to accept yourself as you are before you can really change."
- letting go - reminds me of when I fell down once while water skiing -- by instinct, I held on to the tow rope long after I'd lost my balance on the water - it was so painful! As soon as I realized that I needed to let go and then did, I just stopped bouncing along and slowly sank into the lake, no pain, no drama, my life vest held me comfortable up. I wonder if practicing mindfulness is like that life vest. I still haven't learned how to let go of that rope, though.