“The salvation of this human world lies nowhere else than in the human heart, in the human power to reflect, in human meekness and human responsibility.” ― Václav Havel
This is the last of the series on the seven attitudes that Jon-Kabat-Zinn developed and has stipulated are the basis for Mindfulness.
The practice of mindfulness is like cultivating a garden.
A garden flourishes when certain conditions are present. The right amount of light; water; ground conditions, but most important of all, how you, as the gardener, tends to the garden.
I have had many a perfect day in the garden, the kind of day that I hoped would never end. A day when the borders are bright with colour, and the perfect lawn grass and shrubs stand green against the blue sky. A day when there is a warm sweetness in the air while you prune and weed and plant out seedlings. It’s a kind of day that leaves you feeling calm, collected, and aware.
If you’ve ever had a day like this, there is a good chance you’ve achieved, at least for a few moments, the mental state known as mindfulness.
As I have gone through the seven attitudinal qualities, I have been trying to reflect my own practices, challenges and learnings. You might like to go back over the articles to review and reflect.
Keeping these attitudes in mind is part of the mindfulness training that you can go through either in a group eight week programme or even individually – as I did – or online. Keeping these attitudes in mind is a way of channelling our energies in the process of healing and growth. Remember too that they are interdependent. Each influences the other and working on one enhances them all.
One last thought, though. Jon, mentions two other attitudes that he has thought should be added to the previous seven. They are Gratitude and Generosity.
The video where Jon describes the Gratitude and Generosity attitudes can be viewed here:
I came across a wonderful article from Tiny Buddha on “Tending to Your Garden of Thoughts and Keeping Your Mind Weed-Free” which made me think further about the garden analogy.
I leave you with the following quote.
“We all make mistakes, have struggles, and even regret things in our past. But you are not your mistakes, you are not your struggles, and you are here NOW with the power to shape your day and your future.” ― Steve Maraboli, Unapologetically You: Reflections on Life and the Human Experience