Non-Striving (one of the “9 Attitudes of Mindfulness”) – Jon Kabat-Zinn

Non-Striving (one of the “9 Attitudes of Mindfulness”) – Jon Kabat-Zinn


[ MUSIC ] [ MUSIC ] In the cultivation of meditative awareness or mindful
awareness, we take the unusual position for westerners to actually not try to get
anywhere else this is what we call non-striving or
even non-doing, to actually allow things to be
held in awareness without having to operate on them, without having to
make anything happen or try to experience some special
state of either relaxation or well-being or anything but to simply be with the unfolding of life from moment to
moment without any agenda whatsoever. It turns out this
is tremendously healing, tremendously
restorative for us, too, because we have so many
agendas and we’re always on the way to some better moment in the future or
trying to escape from something in the past but to actually be in a place where we’re practicing non-striving and non-doing where we just
let things be as they are is, as I said, tremendously nurturing and and healing. Not easy to do because we have so many different, you
know, so many different items on our to-do
list so the longer your to-do list, the longer we should give ourselves some time to practice non-doing all together and non-striving realizing that whatever is already here is good enough, even if it’s not pleasant
in this moment it’s enough and we don’t need to try to
escape from it or fix it or make anything happen. It’s
a tremendous discipline, a tremendous attitude to bring to life.
It doesn’t mean you won’t get things done on the contrary, it means that whatever
doing you do do, will wind up coming out of being and therefore much greater wisdom, and much greater appropriateness to the situation. [ MUSIC ] [ MUSIC ] [ MUSIC ]

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