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Mindfulness Dimensions & Principles

Continuing the conversation started by my colleague Aubrey Nelson in her blog Meditation vs. Mindfulness, here I wish to present the concepts behind the Seven Dimensions of Wellness as well as the Seven Principles of Mindfulness.

The Seven Dimensions of Wellness provide a holistic framework for assessing and enhancing one’s overall well-being. By recognizing and nurturing these dimensions, individuals are able to highlight the importance of a balanced and multidimensional approach to health and quality of life. Here is a breakdown of these dimensions.

Mindfulness and The Seven Dimensions of Wellness

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Physical

The "physical mindfulness dimension" refers to the aspect of mindfulness practice that involves paying close attention to physical sensations and experiences in the present moment. It's worth noting that while there are distinct dimensions of mindfulness, they are often interconnected and mutually reinforcing, contributing to a holistic sense of mindfulness and well-being. Bodily awareness, Grounding and Movement are tenets of the physical mindfulness dimension.

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social

Social mindfulness, also known as interpersonal mindfulness or relational mindfulness, refers to the practice of being fully present and aware in your interactions and relationships with others. It involves cultivating mindfulness skills to enhance your ability to connect, communicate, and empathize with people. Social mindfulness is a valuable dimension of mindfulness practice that fosters healthier and more meaningful connections with others.

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intellectual

Intellectual mindfulness, often referred to as cognitive mindfulness or mindful thinking, focuses on the cultivation of awareness and presence in the realm of thoughts, beliefs, and cognitive processes. It involves developing a clear and non-judgmental understanding of your mental activities and enhancing your ability to manage and direct your thoughts in a constructive manner. Within this dimension of wellness, Observation of Thoughts, Mindful Inquiry, and Mindful Decision-Making are tools to utilize during your practice.

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environmental

Environmental mindfulness, also known as ecological mindfulness or eco-mindfulness, is the practice of cultivating awareness and a deep connection with the natural world. It involves fostering a sense of responsibility and stewardship toward the environment while promoting sustainable and eco-friendly behaviors. Having Gratitude and a Connection with Nature can lead to Mindful Consumption within this dimension.

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emotional

The emotional dimension of mindfulness involves developing awareness and understanding of your emotions, as well as cultivating a more skillful and compassionate relationship with them. It encompasses practices and techniques aimed at recognizing, accepting, and responding to emotions in a healthy and constructive way. The emotional dimension of mindfulness is integral to overall well-being. Having Compassion for Yourself can lead to greater Emotional Awareness and lead to increased Emotional Regulation.

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occupational

The occupational dimension of mindfulness focuses on the application of mindfulness principles and practices within the context of one's work or profession. It involves cultivating awareness, presence, and intentionality in your occupational life to promote well-being, effectiveness, and job satisfaction. It helps you navigate work-related challenges with greater awareness and skill, leading to improved job satisfaction, enhanced well-being, and more effective work performance. Mindful Leadership and Workplace Awareness can lead to Effective Communication in the workplace.

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spiritual

The spiritual dimension of mindfulness refers to the use of mindfulness practices and principles to explore, deepen, and connect with one's spiritual or inner life. It involves cultivating a heightened sense of awareness, presence, and connection to something greater than oneself, whether that be a higher power, the universe, nature, or one's inner wisdom. People from diverse backgrounds and belief systems may incorporate mindfulness into their spiritual practices in unique ways. Whether it's through formal religious rituals or secular mindfulness practices, the spiritual dimension of mindfulness offers a path for individuals to explore and deepen their spiritual connection and understanding. Transcendence, Connection to the Sacred can will work on getting you down the path of Transformation and Awakening.

The Seven Principles of Mindfulness are like a guide to being more present and at peace in everyday life. In simple terms, it’s about being here, being aware, being kind, and finding contentment in the present moment while understanding how everything in your life fits together.

The Seven Principles of Wellness

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non-judgement

The non-judgment principle of mindfulness is a fundamental aspect of mindfulness practice that emphasizes observing and experiencing the present moment without passing judgment on it. This principle encourages individuals to suspend evaluative and critical thoughts, opinions, and labels when they become aware of their thoughts, emotions, sensations, or external experiences.

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beginner's mind

The beginner's mind principle is a central concept in mindfulness practice. It refers to approaching experiences with a fresh, open, and non-judgmental mindset, much like a beginner encountering something for the very first time. This attitude of openness and curiosity encourages individuals to let go of preconceived notions, expertise, and habitual thinking patterns in order to fully engage with the present moment.

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Trust

The trust principle of mindfulness invites individuals to have faith in the practice itself and in their own ability to navigate the complexities of life with mindfulness. It fosters a sense of trust in the unfolding of each moment and in the wisdom that can arise from being fully present and aware. Trust in mindfulness can lead to increased well-being, self-acceptance, and a more peaceful and fulfilling life.

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Non-Striving

The non-striving principle is a fundamental aspect of mindfulness practice. It encourages individuals to engage in mindfulness without the goal of achieving a particular outcome or result. Instead of striving for a specific end point or trying to change their present experience, individuals practice mindfulness with an attitude of non-attachment to results.

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patience

The patience principle in mindfulness refers to the practice of maintaining a calm and accepting attitude in the face of challenging or uncomfortable situations. It involves cultivating the ability to tolerate difficult emotions, thoughts, or physical sensations without reacting impulsively. Patience in mindfulness is about embracing the present moment as it unfolds, without the need for immediate change or resolution.

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acceptance/ackowledgement

The acceptance and acknowledgment principle is a central component of mindfulness practice. It involves acknowledging and accepting the present moment, including one's thoughts, emotions, bodily sensations, and external experiences, without judgment or resistance. This principle encourages individuals to develop a non-reactive and compassionate relationship with their inner and outer worlds.

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letting go or letting it be

The letting go/letting be principle is a core aspect of mindfulness practice. It involves releasing attachments to thoughts, emotions, sensations, and external experiences, allowing them to come and go naturally without clinging or resisting. The letting go/letting be principle in mindfulness invites individuals to release attachments and resistances, allowing them to be more fully present in the moment and experience life with greater clarity, peace, and equanimity. It fosters a sense of acceptance, non-attachment, and the ability to navigate life's challenges with a more open and spacious mind.

These dimensions and principles of mindfulness form the foundation of various mindfulness techniques and practices, such as meditation and mindful living. They promote mental clarity, emotional balance, and an improved overall sense of well-being.

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MARTIN CUEVAS

MSW, LCSW

Meet The Author

Martin is a Clinical Counselor at Sea Glass Mental Health. He works with teens, adults, and couples. Martin is a Veteran who specializes in trauma, addiction, anxiety, and depression.

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