jusummerhayes (jusummerhayes) wrote,

Applying beginner's mind

“If your mind is empty, it is always ready for anything, it is open to everything. In the beginner's mind there are many possibilities, but in the expert's mind there are few. ” -- Shunryu Suzuki

I’ve talked before about the application of beginner's mind, but quite loosely.

The truth is that if we’re committed to a life of beginner's mind, everything would be different. For a start, we would open our hearts to the immense possibility of life, and not one consumed by the pursuit of more.

Think about it. We come into this world with nothing...and no expectation, and we leave this world the same way (of course some people still try to control others long after they're gone). And somewhere in the middle we manage to gather a bushel of traits and habits that are often not helpful to living at peace with our true beingness.

But imagine if everything you did and experience you had was (deeply) suffused with a worldview that was brand new. You might think it impossible but that's only because our mind makes it so. However, what's true about a thought? I'll ask again, what's true about a thought?

I'm not suggesting that you forget everything you've learned -- some skills are quite valuable -- but if you can stop making assumptions, being judgmental and open your mind to what is, imagine how your life might become.

Beginner's mind. Let that be your life's manifesto.

Tags: zen

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