Mindfulness for beginners. 8 basic attitudes.

Here is a compilation of 8 basic and fundamental attitudes for first-timers in the practice of mindfulness. I call it  Mindfulness for Beginners. The practice of “mindfulness meditation” led me to discover that the habits and routines we accumulate on a daily basis simply move you forward. With mindfulness you manage to enter into accumulating experiences and fully discover the steps you are taking.

Here is a compilation of 8 basic and fundamental attitudes for first-timers in the practice of mindfulness. I call it  Mindfulness for Beginners. The practice of “mindfulness meditation” led me to discover that the habits and routines we accumulate on a daily basis simply move you forward. With mindfulness you manage to enter into accumulating experiences and fully discover the steps you are taking.

Mindfulness for beginners: This is how messy our brain is during the day. Much color. Much life and little attention. Photo Pixabay

  1. Beginner’s mind. It is the  feature that allows you to see things in a new way.  As if moved by curiosity you saw them for the first time. When everything does not matter to you, you  enter a monotony. With this in a depression in which you do not speak of attitudes but of habits. You follow a habit just for the sake of getting on with your life. You do not value the moment in which you are.
    Mindfulness exercise: if you want to do a practical test to see your town or city in a different way when you go out. Try not to look down and to look up. You will be amazed at the details that you have overlooked all this time. Enjoy a new way of doing your tour. The mind leads you to want to know all things in order to control everything. It is what is called ruminant mind – or monkey mind – one that wears out when following the same routine. The one who tries to control all situations. It is positive to think about detachment and discover that you can react to realities. It is not bad to anticipate but to always do it. You must know your limit that should not reach when others tell you but when it hurts you.

    Happiness is based 50% on Genetics, 10% on Environment (external factors) and 40% on Will (personal interpretation). 
    There are hypercritical people who consequently cause unhappiness and sometimes it is due to genetics. This 50% is not modifiable and you will not change it. External factors are also difficult to reform. So if you want some change, you can  count on the modifiable 40% in happiness. It is based on your will.

Your interpretation is the only one that can change your happiness. Think about it on those occasions when you are hearing criticism. In the moments when you see negativity in your life. Remember 40% of happiness is based on the interpretation you make of your day to day. In you is the will to know if you want to be happy or unhappy.

  1. Do not judge. Our culture is used to it. Too often we prejudge and this situation only hurts us. We don’t enjoy the moment. We anticipate the problem that may exist. We limit the opportunities to know beyond and the worst, we forget that we are talking about our life. You must forget the difficult word because it does not bring you anything positive. And what is certain is that it should not and cannot stop us from continuing to live. Better to adapt to reality: Life is. It’s not about whether it’s complicated or not, life IS. Non-judgmental can be  defined  as  the cultivation of impartial observation of any experience.  Without labeling thoughts, feelings and sensations as good or bad, right or wrong, fair or unfair, but taking a simple note of its appearance moment after moment.
  2. Acceptance. It is the quality of consciousness that admits and recognizes things as they are. Neurotics have psychotic symptoms. This is where mindfulness acts to assess that my version with the majority is not the same. The one that does not adjust to reality. On these occasions you tend to initially have a bad feeling and when you accept it, you free yourself. Acceptance is not resignation. Resignation is throwing in the towel. It is when you accept that there is no longer a choice, you have already burned the ships. Accepting the situation as normal, as something that can happen is better than we can believe. The problem comes when we do not accept a situation that is normal, when we do not want to see that it is normal. When you discover self-deception you may have rage. The problem is keeping it inside. You must accept it. The past does not exist, because physically it is not there.
  3. Equanimity. It is important not to position yourself in duality. It won’t help us not to get involved and take a distance. Do not try to convince the other and promote balance. You really can be wrong when you change the coat. When you don’t hold your posture. But it  is basic to understand that the present is not only what you are experiencing . Have an open mind to the experience. To knowledge, to know that there may be other opinions and that they can lead you to know more than you do.To see new paradigms that until then you had not discovered because you were castled in your only path. Equanimity consists in seeing things in a balanced way and without indifference. It consists of being calm in variable situations and not being carried away by dualities such as happy / unhappy, success / failure, wealth / poverty …
  4. Do not force. It is about not forcing. Usually you don’t want to lose control. You try to get the other person into our game. You should try not to try to escape from situations. After all, if you make an effort it is because you want to, not because of an obligation. Sometimes you hope to have an uncomfortable situation to use as an excuse or justification for an act you have done. Before taking responsibility for it, you look for a justification, a why. Don’t force yourself to do things.
  5. Give in / Release. Everything changes, we are all different at all times. You should not get attached to things. How many times in your present do you find yourself dissatisfied because you think about your future? You do not want to anticipate what has to happen. Living every moment is important. It is a great experience. You wear yourself out mentally on things that don’t depend on you. That is why it is good to give in and let go of the slabs that you carry.
  6. Confidence. The eternal self-esteem. It is the overcoming. It is moving up the ladder to get to the top. Without our will to improve, we will not advance. Every day you must understand that the confidence to learn and move forward allows you to look straight ahead. You must want to reach your goal. There are many forces that can help you but also many that do not contribute anything and remain. Learn to see what the opportunities are and give your mind those positive memories and experiences that will give you the confidence to get where you are waiting. Remember that the past is impersonal because it is no longer here and what must come will come. The only sure thing is what you are living at the moment and this will allow you to achieve what you value and desire.
  7. Patience. Etymologically it is the science of peace. In practice, it is about not skipping stages and living the processes. Pretending not to reach the end without going through the moment that we have to pass. Hoping to achieve what we long for, we wear ourselves insatiably without seeing the steps we are taking until perhaps we achieve what we are looking for without evaluating everything we have achieved. Even worse is not achieving it because you will be invaded by a feeling of failure and guilt that will cloud you from seeing where we have failed.

Maybe it’s not being patient not being able to breathe at every step?

It is important to remember that Mindfulness is a type of meditation that focuses on achieving mindfulness in any situation . In your daily life the mind occupies an analytical position instead of the contemplative one that would be one that does not judge but lives in the moment. The mind goes from the past to the future and from the future to the past without stopping in the present and this stresses us. There is only one stage to be happy and it is the present, we can only be happy in the moment.


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