The Attitudinal Factors of Mindfulness

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When we talk about someone’s general attitude, we are describing their overarching perspective, tendencies, and approach to living. Attitudes are the foundation from which we interact with the world and its beings. They help determine what we see and what we ignore, they are the filter through which we interpret the data we take in, and they influence the choices we make.

The attitudinal factors of mindfulness “constitute the major pillars of mindfulness practice” according to Jon Kabat-Zinn in his book Full Catastrophe Living. We can create fertile ground in which mindfulness can best grow by setting an intention to think, feel and behave in particular ways. Adopting these viewpoints supports a mindfulness practice and the reverse is also true; with consistent practice these attitudes are cultivated naturally. Click the links below to learn more about the various attitudes of mindfulness.

All things are ready, if our mind be so.
― William Shakespeare, Henry V

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