Coming to a quiet space, where you won’t be disturbed, take a few deep breaths and invite your mind to a space of quiet. Take an observer’s view of your life, as if you are seeing it from a distance and consider these ideas:
1. Non-judgement: Become aware of and stand back from the constant stream of judging and reacting to inner and outer experiences which trap us.
2. Patience: Patience is a form of wisdom that shows us to accept how events unfold in their own time. Why rush through this moment in order to get to ‘better ones?’ Being patient means being open to each moment, accepting its fullness, knowing that, like the butterfly, things can only unfold in their own time.
3. Beginner’s Mind: This is a willingness to see everything as if for the first time. It allows us to be receptive to new possibilities and stops us from getting stuck in the rut of our own experience.
4. Trust: Develop a basic trust in yourself and your feelings. In practicing mindfulness, you are learning to take responsibility for being yourself and trusting your own being. The more you cultivate trust, the more other people will trust you.
5. Acceptance: This means seeing things exactly as they are in this moment. You need to accept yourself as you really are before you can change.
6. Letting Go: In India they have a clever way of catching monkeys. If the monkey could unclasp its hand from the nuts laid for it in a trap, then it would be free. Letting go is non-attachment.
7. Commitment: A strong commitment to working on yourself and having the self-discipline to persevere in the process are essential to developing a strong meditation practise and a high degree of mindfulness. Like an athlete you can train your mind with discipline and determination.
There you have it. It’s bums on seats each day if you want to grow in mindfulness practise.