Core Principles of Mindfulness Copy

When practicing mindfulness, it is something that can be incorporated into your day-to-day life reasonably easy. Below are some of the core principles adapted from “Full Catastrophe Living,” by Jon Kabat- Zinn.

The Mindfulness Principles

Getting Started

Often, we let our beliefs stop us from seeing things as they are. Be willing to see everything for the first time. Each moment has unique possibilities. View people as if you are looking at them with fresh eyes, seeing them as they are.

Letting Go

Standing back and letting things unfold. Letting go is a way of seeing things as they are in the space that they operate. If someone finds it hard to let go, switching focus to the idea of holding will bring a better understanding as to how exactly one can let go.

Judgement Free

Be an impartial witness to your experience. Notice your stream of consciousness but instead of trying to control it, let it go.


Develop trust in yourself and your feelings. Be trusting in your authority in the decisions that you make. Honor those feelings. Take responsibility for your actions and your well-being.


Letting things take their time to unfold. Practice being patient with ourselves. Every moment is valuable as they come. Being open to each of those moments as they come and accepting them, understand that things will emerge in their own time.


Believe what you see in front of you. Not what you hope something is. View something the way it is in the present moment. We waste time and energy, denying facts. Once we acknowledge a reality, we can move towards figuring out a solution.

Anti- Striving

The objective is to stay true to yourself. Concentrate on the actions you take and the observations, sensations, and emotions you experience during and after meditation or mindfulness practices. Accepting yourself is not a passive act. It does not mean to settle for how things are. It doesn't mean one should stop trying to achieve their goals. Once you have a clear understanding and have accepted how things are, you will be more likely to know how to solve your problem.

Like anything else, it takes time to get good at it. Find joy in the process. There are many routes and philosophies and psychology that incorporate versions of mindfulness in practice. Part of the journey is exploring different methods and seeing what is out there and what speaks to you.

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