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,