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April 11, 2007

Healthy Living: Attitudes of Mindfulness

Think We’ve got a chalkboard in our stairwell at Green Mountain at Fox Run on which we list an ‘attitude of mindfulness for the day’ accompanied by a pithy quote that we think illustrates the point.  It’s one way we try to help women begin to think differently about weight loss and living.  That’s because thinking precedes our actions, and if we can change the way we think, our behaviors will follow.  Too many of us are caught up in a diet mentality that exacerbates, if not causes, weight struggles. 

Take time to read about the attitudes of mindfulness (here’s the link to the attitudes of mindfulness on our website again).  I think their potential impact is obvious.  Here’s an example of quotes we came up with to illustrate each attitude. 

Non-Judging     With our thoughts, we create the world.    ~Buddha

Patience     Patience, and the mulberry leaf becomes a silk gown.     ~Chinese proverb

Beginner’s Mind    Each morning we are born again. What we do today is what matters most.

Trust       …and then the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.     ~Anais Nin

Non-Striving       Be yourself. Life is precious as it is.There is no need to run, strive, search or struggle. Just be.         ~Thich Nhat Hanh

Acceptance    Meditation practice isn’t about trying to throw ourselves away and become something better; it’s about befriending who we are already.        ~Pema Chrodon

Letting Go    Don’t worry about what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive and do that.
Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.    
~Robert Thurman

Generosity     What people really need is a good listening to.

Hope this helps your day be a mindful one!

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