Beginner’s Mind

By the time we hit age 30, some of us feel like much of life is super redundant. At this point, we may have joined the rat race, the chase of what we were told the American Dream was. You may or may not be able to afford the type of lifestyle that gives you constant new experiences, spiciness and excitement. Does this resonate with you ? What if we told you there was a way to find excitement in the things you’re so familiar with ? If you’re into meditation you may already be familiar with Beginner’s Mind. It is one of the seven pillars of mindfulness. The other’s include:

  • Non-judging
  • Patience
  • Beginner’s Mind
  • Trust
  • Non-striving
  • Acceptance
  • Non-attachment
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What Is Mindfulness ?

Just in case you’re not sure what mindfulness is, let’s start there. Mayo Clinic says: “Mindfulness is a type of meditation in which you focus on being intensely aware of what you’re sensing and feeling in the moment, without interpretation or judgment. Practicing mindfulness involves breathing methods, guided imagery, and other practices to relax the body and mind and help reduce stress.”

An example of practicing mindfulness can be when you’re taking a shower. As you step inside the shower ask yourself what temperature it is. When you adjust the handle to turn the water on, how heavy did it feel ? What color does the water feel as it hits your body ? Etc. This can be done with each and every activity you engage in throughout the day.

Children Teach Beginner’s Mind

The concept of a beginner’s mind is the development of a mindset that is willing to see everything as though it is for the first time; Just like a child. It’s where you relearn to see the world without judging things along the way. I’ve found it exponentially easier to practice after actually having Mindy. For example, when she started walking, she was afraid of grass. I, of course, had decades of experience with grass at that point. I knew it was completely harmless ! But how do I convince her ?

I did things like took my shoes off and walked in the grass. See ! Nothing happens, Mindy ! But oh man, I had completely forgotten how nice that felt. I got on my belly and looked very closely at the blades. See, Mindy. They’re so much smaller than you, you have to get thhhhhhiiiiiiissss close to even see each one. Oh man, it’s kind of cool how each blade is uniquely shaped. Sort of like snowflakes. There are many different shades of green and even some brown too. And so on.

Make Your Life New

Think of situations in your own life, if your children are older now, where something familiar was made new again. How did you feel ? How can you replicate that good feeling on a regular basis ? If you have small children now, pay attention to the things that fascinate them. Take time to deeply analyze it with them. You’d be surprised what you could learn !

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