Beginner’s Mind

Shoshin¬† is a concept in Zen Buddhism meaning “beginner’s mind“. It refers to having an attitude of openness, eagerness, and lack of preconceptions when studying a subject, even when studying at an advanced level, just as a beginner in that subject would. (Source: Wikipedia)

The easiest example of this could be practicing meditation or any style of yoga, and although this concept seems simple on paper, it’s often more challenging (and sometimes frustrating) to push through. The beauty of this concept is that it isn’t limited to these examples. In fact, this could be (and probably should be) the way we approach our day-to-day activities. When you’re in a constant state of wanting to learn, without judgment, you’re spending less time talking and more time listening/reading/reflecting/researching. This leaves room for us to be curious, creative and to be open to possibilities that may not have appeared beforehand.

So I pose these questions: When was the last time you did or learn something for the first time? What did it feel like? What did you learn? How did it help you be better?

Recreate that feeling, especially if you felt nervous or even terrified just before starting the process.

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