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Mindfulness For Dummies, 2nd Edition by Shamash Alidina

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Chapter 4

Growing Healthy Attitudes

In This Chapter

arrow Developing key mindful attitudes

arrow Understanding ‘heartfulness’

arrow Dealing with unhelpful attitudes

The greatest discovery of our generation is that human beings can alter their lives by altering their attitudes of mind. As you think, so shall you be.

William James

The three important aspects to mindfulness are intention, attitude and attention (explained fully in Chapter 3). This chapter focuses on attitude.

When it comes to attitude, you have a choice. If you’re aware of your outlook, you can begin to choose to change it for the better. Attitude isn’t about what happens in your life, how successful you are or even how you feel. You can be feeling the emotion of frustration but think, ‘Hey, at least I’m aware of it’ or ‘This is just a feeling’ or ‘This is a chance for me to understand the feeling of frustration’. Changing your attitude is difficult but is possible. By choosing mindful attitudes towards your moment-to-moment inner and outer experiences, you begin to release self-limiting beliefs and live life with greater fluidity.

Think about singing. What’s your attitude towards singing? Maybe you love it and can’t wait to jump up ...

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