Non-Striving – Foundation of Mindfulness # 5

One of the pillars of mindfulness meditation is based on non-striving. An attitude that aims to disconnect our energy & emotions to the outcome of a task in hand or a pursuit. What it means is that the only thing worth striving for is to be in the moment. Just like in meditative state, you seek to stay calm and reach the highest point of being, the non-striving approach is to shift your focus from the result to the action.

The idea is not to abandon your desires and goals in life. On the contrary, is about you pushing that boulder up the hill and not looking at the peek of the mountain but have your eyes on the rock while using your energy to push it forward. Recognizing that you and your diligent efforts are good enough no matter the outcome.

 

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Nike’s slogan “Just do it!” is the perfect example of a mental state that has set a goal, is fully immersed in the performance and is not controlled by the result. To give you a clear image on how to practice non-striving attitude is to partner your goals to your intentions. Let’s say you have set a goal to complete a project at work by a certain time. Now, if you integrate your goal with an intention to expand your knowledge as well as nurturing your team then the stress will be reduced, challenges will be seen as opportunities, the exchange of ideas and support will be welcomed. The reason is that intentions within you set the tone to move towards your goals and in life in general. Once you are clear about your intentions, the focus on the course of action will drive you to do your best without anxiety or stressing over the unknown future.

Non-striving takes patience and non-judging mindset. Every day choose an activity to loosen the grip to an outcome. For example, you go for a walk every day to lose 10 pounds. The goal is clear, now add the intention to enjoy the scenery and greet everyone you meet along the way. Pay close attention to your body and emotions when tension arises everytime you think about your goal as well as when you let go of the outcome. The exercise will cultivate the strength to detach and learn the non-doing attitude.

On the final note, the ability to stay focused is the driver to reach your goals. Never allow the feeling of worry or the uncertainty of an outcome derails you from materializing your dreams.

For more information on mindfulness meditation read “Full Catastrophe Living” by Jon Kabat-Zinn. 


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