First post for 2015! Happy New Year everyone! It’s going to be a beauty of a year for sure!
This post is part of a series of posts where we are looking at the 7 Attitudes of Mindfulness as outlined HERE. So far we have looked at the attitudes of Non-Judging, Patience and Beginner’s Mind. Today we are looking at:
The Attitude of Trust
The attitude of trust is about having the courage to cultivate and develop trust in yourself.
If you think about it, there are so many things in life (both simple and complex) that are beyond our control yet we put our trust in them with barely any thought or awareness of that trust (some examples: the sun comes up during the day, the moon will be in the sky at night and the air is always there so that we can breathe; we eat food and our bodies do all that needs to be done to absorb the nutrients so our bodies are nourished and then expel the waste), so why can we not do the same with ourselves – our minds and hearts?
In cultivating the attitude of trust, what we are aiming to do is become more fully ourselves. It’s important therefore to not get caught up with the reputation and authority of your teachers (or peers). If you feel that any guidance given to you takes you away from who you are, trust yourself and take another path that feels right for you. Also, know that it is impossible to become like someone else. The best you can hope for is to become more fully yourself, so don’t compare and aspire to become like someone that you admire.
To me, the attitude of trust is about tuning in to your deeper self. It is listening to yourself at a far deeper level than what you are thinking. It’s about getting beyond the mind, right down to intuition and what you are feeling, then trusting those intuitions and feelings and letting then guide you to become more fully yourself.
Jon Kabat-Zinn now explains The Attitude of Trust in his own amazing words.
Ciao for now,
[This post is linked up with Open Slather over at One Mother Hen]
thank you for a wonderful reminder
Your welcome 🙂
This is what I teach in my writing workshops… to find that authentic voice that is yours and yours alone. No one else is exactly like you, nor can they be. Great post Min! I enjoyed the read. PS: the word TRUST is one of my words for this year♥
So glad you enjoyed the post Leanda. I’ll have to have a look at your workshops! Trust is a good word 🙂 x
Thank you for this wonderful insight to think about and be aware of x Second guessing is something I do too much of!
No problem 🙂
Hi Min, there is nothing better than our ‘gut feel’ although sometimes we don’t listen to it. I think I’m getting better at trusting my instinct and what feels right for me rather than trying to argue against it. Thanks for another week of #ZTT and inspiration. Have a lovely day. xx
Hi Sue, I think the gut instinct and moral compass gets stronger as we get older. It’s that inner critic & self-doubter that is the hard part! xo
I agree with you Min, and this sentence sums it up perfectly”It’s about getting beyond the mind, right down to intuition and what you are feeling, then trusting those intuitions and feelings and letting then guide you to become more fully yourself.” I have shared for #ztt
It all sounds kinda deep sometimes doesn’t it … but in reality it’s all so very simple! Thanks for sharing Deb! 🙂
Jon Kabat Zinn’s words – spoken and written, always ring true for me. I have a couple of his CDs as well as books. He is “the father” of Mindfulness for Health”.
Thanks for sharing this important ‘word’ and its meanings.
He is so smart isn’t he? And calming to listen to! I agree that he is the father of Mindfulness for Health. He has opened my eyes and mind! 🙂 x