The 3 Attributes of Mindfulness

Intention

Intention is the first attribute of Mindfulness. Intention is demonstrated through consistency, and regularity of practice. Our intention towards the practice of Mindfulness is a quality of Fortitude. Using the Mind Tracker, we can determine our quality of Intention towards a certain undertaking using the attributes of Diligence and Perserverence.

Diligence is, constant and earnest effort to accomplish what is undertaken, as in ones duty or 'Dharma'. Diligence is an ongoing affair. There is no such thing as failing in one's duty. Evolution of consciousness never stops hence you will always be presented with the opportunity to be engaged in your duty. The only challenge is that the stakes get higher. But this is not necessarily a bad thing.

Perseverance is the will to stand steadfast in the pursuit of a noble and selfless cause despite difficulty, anguish, ridicule, or delay in achieving success. If the cause is not noble then steadfastness in its pursuit is not perseverance but greed. Do remember that the un sustainability of social, economic, environment is due to the greed factor.

When you get into a tight place and everything goes against you … never give up then, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn.
~ Harriet Beecher Stowe (1811-1896) ~

Acceptance

First you have to accept the evil in yourself without becoming aroused to shame and aversion, only then can you become accepting of others as spoken of Acceptance in this context. As Carl Jung put it, "You have to accept your own dark side. In order to admit, and really accept and understand the evil in oneself, one had to do it without being an enemy to it."

Your measure of Acceptance can be gauged by your capacity for Empathy. You can use the Mind Tracker to collect the data you need to measure your capacity for empathy under the emotion - Altruism . Empathy is an attribute of altruism.

What is Empathy

Empathy is simply recognizing emotions in others, and being able to "put yourself in another person's shoes" – understanding the other person's perspective and reality.

To be empathetic, you need to be able to listen without thinking of your own viewpoint. You need to hear the other persons story. You then need to validate the other person's perspective and examine your attitude while the interaction was taking place. You can do all this easily using the Mind Tracker.

Empathy can be defined as the ability to feel or imagine another person’s emotional experience. This requires Acceptance. “When people talk, listen completely. Most people never listen.” ―Ernest Hemingway

“No one cares how much you know, until they know how much you care”
~Theodore Roosevelt ~

Non-judgmental Observation

If one is Accepting, it becomes easier to not judge others. Another quality that needs to be cultivated for one to be Non-Judgemental is Humility. Humility is an attribute of Fearlessness. It requires tremendous courage to be humble, to not defend you opinions, beliefs, and prejudices.

Humility is a state of spiritual maturity from where, the graduated soul is able to keep in awareness at all times ones own defects so that he or she is never prone to thinking that they are in any way, shape, or form, better than another.

The third quality is Self-Compassion. Self-compassion is an attribute of Altruism. Out of all the people in the world, we are most critical of ourselves. But you cannot realize this until you begin recording and studying your own thoughts and emotions.

Self-compassion involves being aware of one’s painful experiences in a balanced way that neither ignores nor ruminates on disliked aspects of oneself or one’s life. source

It is necessary to be mindfully aware of personal suffering to be able to extend compassion towards self and others. The stroke of intellect that breathes creativity into works of innovative excellence is often dipped in the ink of one's own gore.