An Experiment To Try Beginners Mind

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This last week before going for a hike I had thoughts enter my head about the following: mud, the dog, making my own trail, and poor boots.  Before starting the hike, I had judgments. This anticipatory, automatic notion of how it has been in the past, how it should be, and what will make the car completely muddy were flooding my mind.

At that moment, I paused.  Where had my excitement and intent gone? Isn’t the whole purpose of a hike to let go, be out in nature, gently make your own path, and be open to the world around you?

I trudged along but that concept of “beginner’s mind” was one with steady reoccurrence later that week. “Beginner’s mind” is when we approach something with curiosity, newness, and openness. We become almost childlike in nature.  As we get older, there appears to be fewer “firsts”. Therefore, we often have these little thoughts or judgments that creep in and almost set the stage of what is to come.  This perception can affect our reality, our investment, and our return.  Seeing something familiar as a “first” can be invigorating, subtle, humbling, and passion-filled.

Try it out: Take 5 minutes and try sitting down either inside or outside.  Something we have done for years.  Take into account one item – a familiar tree or letter or picture or snack.  Examine without judgment.  Using all your senses, ask yourself, what does it look and feel like? Does the lighting hit it in a different way today than you may have realized in the past?  Then think about what helped you to become aware? Carry this over to things like brushing your teeth one day, your coffee routine, and relationships.

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