A most shocking element of mindfulness that many of my Mindful Tribe followers find surprising is the concept of “Non-Striving.” This focuses on letting go of the constant need to achieve or attain specific outcomes. In a world driven by goals and accomplishments, the idea of intentionally not striving for something might seem counterintuitive, yet, it holds a profound wisdom.
Exploring the practice of Non-Striving in mindfulness can reveal how letting go of the relentless pursuit of results can lead to greater contentment and inner peace. By simply being present in the moment and accepting things as they are, individuals can discover a sense of fulfillment without the pressure of always striving for more. This counter-cultural approach can offer a fresh perspective on how mindfulness encourages us to find value in the present rather than constantly chasing future achievements.
Today, I’m sharing three key points about the surprising element of mindfulness known as the concept of “Non-Striving”
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1/ Embracing The Now
Entirely change how you think about the present moment. We all know mindfulness is often associated with being present and attentive. Allow yourself to embrace the concept of Non-Striving as a way to experience the present moment differently. In a world that emphasizes setting and achieving goals, Non-Striving challenges the notion that constant striving is necessary for fulfillment. Instead, it encourages individuals to let go of the pressure to achieve specific outcomes and simply be present with whatever is happening right now. This allows for a deeper connection with your experiences, allowing you to have a healthier sense of contentment and peace without the need for constant achievement.
2/ Letting Go Of Attachment To Results
Non-Striving invites you to release attachment to the results of your actions. Living life with less emphasis on striving recognizes that the pursuit of external achievements can lead to stress, anxiety, and a sense of never-ending dissatisfaction. By letting go of the attachment to specific outcomes, you can approach your life with a more open and curious mindset. This approach doesn't negate the importance of setting goals, but it encourages a shift in focus from fixating on the end result to enjoying the journey and the process itself. This mental shift can lead to reduced stress and an increased sense of ease in daily life.
3/ Cultivating A Mindful Attitude
Practicing Non-Striving fosters a mindful attitude that is non-judgmental, patient, and compassionate. When individuals, and when I say individuals I mean you and me, when we stop constantly striving and allow experiences to unfold naturally, we create space for self-acceptance and self-awareness. This attitude extends beyond the individual, influencing how they interact with others and their surroundings. Non-Striving encourages individuals to approach challenges with a sense of curiosity and openness, which can lead to more creative problem-solving and healthier relationships. By embracing this surprising element of mindfulness, individuals can find a balanced and fulfilling way of engaging with the world around them.
If you’ve ever read writings by Eckhart Tolle, the above ideas may sound familiar. I highly recommend his books, A New Earth, Awakening To Your Life’s Purpose or The Power of Now, A Guide To Spiritual Enlightenment. (See links below)
- Book: A New Earth, Awakening To Your Life’s Purpose by Eckhart Tolle
- Book: The Power of Now, A Guide To Spiritual Enlightenment by Eckhart Tolle
- App: Calm
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