Seven Pillars of Mindfulness

In the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn there are seven pillars of mindfulness. These attitudes and committments set the stage for effective mindfulness practice in MBSR.



1. Non-judgment is about not getting caught up in likes and dislikes that keep us stuck in a rut.

2. Patience is concerned with the understanding of the fact that sometimes things must unfold in their own time.

3. Beginners Mind means that we see everything as if for the first time.

4. It is important to develop basic Trust in ourselves and our own capabilities.

5. Non-striving is about trying less and being more who we already are.

6. Acceptance means to come to terms with things as they are right here and now.

7. When we are Letting Go of things we recognize them and just don’t pursue them any further.

There are several other helpful attitudes but this is it when it comes to Kabat-Zinn’s Seven Pillars.