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MBSR, The Attitude of Non-Striving

Jon Kabat Zinn | 2:27


 In the cultivation of, uh, meditative awareness or mindful awareness, um, we take the unusual. For Westerners to actually not try to get anywhere else. This is what we call non-striving or even non-doing to, uh, 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 wellbeing 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 are practicing non-striving and non-doing, where we just let things be as they are is, as I said, tremendously, uh, nurturing and, and.

Not easy to do because we have so many different, uh, you know, such, so many different items on our to-do list. So the longer your to-do list, the longer we should, uh, give ourselves some time to practice non-doing altogether and non-striving, realizing that whatever's 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, and 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 situ.

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