“In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities,
but in the expert’s there are few.”
There’s a phrase in Zen Buddhism known as “beginner’s mind.” No, I’m not a Buddhist, but I love that in any moment, any of us can be a beginner.
Any of us can be free of thoughts that constrict, judge, limit, and define. We can be open to reality just as it is—wondrous, uncluttered, fresh, and new.
We can always begin again.
If we’re not a beginner, then we think we’re the one who knows—and that constricts possibilities. That’s what the quote at the top of this post means by “an expert.”
- Do you think you’re an expert in the judgments you hold of other people?
- Do you think you’re an expert in how you evaluate yourself and your shortcomings?
Maybe you can experiment with being a beginner.
- You start out fresh.
- You don’t know.
- You don’t pay attention to the clouded commentary of the mind.
Can you feel how you’re now open to everything?
Here are some ways to enjoy beginner’s mind.
- Do one thing at a time and focus on what you’re doing.
- Enter a situation with no memory or expectation based on past experience.
- Look at familiar objects as if you’ve never seen them before.
- Show up in an interaction with someone you know forgetting the history.
- Don’t rely on common sense or the normal or usual way.
Experiment in the moments of your precious life with beginner’s mind.
Beginner’s mind is don’t know mind. It’s a mind vast and open like the sky. And it’s a beautiful mind that is naturally joyful and appreciative.
I’d love to hear about your experiments with beginner’s mind in the comments below!
Always in love,