You may have noticed that I’ve said in all my Mindful Monday posts so far that there are 7 attitudes of mindfulness. Yet many of the Jon Kabat-Zinn video’s opened with the words 9 Attitudes of Mindfulness. Did that confuse you? Yes, it confused me too because I had been taught that there were only 7 attitudes of mindfulness, so I went off into internet land and had a little investigation.
It turns out that Jon Kabat-Zinn did originally establish just 7 attitudes of mindfulness but down the track realized that there were really 2 more attitudes that he should have included and that he will be including in his next edition. These are:
- Gratitude, and
Having completed a 365 Grateful Project (taking a photo a day for 365 days of something I was grateful for) myself, I can wholeheartedly agree that there are enormous benefits to living with an attitude of gratitude – shifting the focus from what you don’t have to looking for, noticing, appreciating and being grateful for what you do have. I can also understand Jon Kabat-Zinn’s decision to include the attitude of generosity. Generosity is not all about making ourselves feel good nor does it only mean to give material goods to others. I think the Dalai Lama describes generosity so beautifully in this quote below.
Giving material goods is one form of generosity, but one can extend an attitude of generosity into all one’s behaviour. Being kind, attentive and honest in dealing with others, offering praise where it is due, giving comfort and advise where they are needed, and simply sharing one’s time with someone – all these are forms of generosity, and they do not require any particular level of material wealth.
– His Holiness the Dalai Lama
In the video below you will hear Jon Kabat-Zinn himself explain why he has decided to include these two additional attitudes of mindfulness.
Ciao for now,
[This post is linked up with One Mother Hen for #OpenSlather]