Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Beginner's Mind

Zen embraces the concept of beginner's mind as an attitude of openness, eagerness and a lack of preconceptions as not only a great way to learn, but a necessary way to learn.

Of course, we offer value to others when we have some expertise or ability to share, which comes from having studied and practiced until we have accomplishments under our belt.

At the same time, I have found that being a beginner at something keeps me fresh and enlivens all the other things I do, even the things I am already good at.

It could be something simple, like learning a new dance, cultivating a new plant in the garden or it could be some kind work that I have not done before.

Beginner's mind can be a useful habit to cultivate to keep yourself fresh. If there is something that you find interesting, try it. If you don't like it, you can quit. If you do like it, you can keep it in your schedule.

Even a little bit of beginner's mind lets a lot of air and light in to keep us alert and feed our consciousness to a higher level.

What is it that you have been curious about that you have not tried yet? Why not try it now? If someone offers you an opportunity, even if it is not one you were looking for or planning on, what would happen if you said yes?

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