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It means dropping our expectations and preconceived ideas about something, and seeing things with an open mind, fresh eyes, just like a beginner.
Beginner’s mind is a form of meditation. Instead of sitting in meditation and thinking you know what your breath will be like, or the present moment in front of you will be like, just p...
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Start with just two minutes a day for a week. If that goes well, increase by another two minutes and do that for a week. If all goes well, by increasing just a little at a time, you’ll be me...
Start just by sitting on a chair, or on your couch. Or on your bed. If you’re comfortable on the ground, sit cross-legged. It’s just for two minutes at first anyway, so just sit. Later you can worry about optimizing it.
Place the attention on your breath as it comes in, and follow it through your nose all the way down to your lungs. Try counting “one” as you take in the first breath, then “two” as you breathe out. Repeat this to the count of 10, then start again at one.
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... usually ends up being more difficult. When something seems too good to be true, it usually is.
The reason a path looks “easy” is because it hides its difficulties in plain sig...
And you have to learn to apply brakes to it.
Because the truth is, without knowing when to slow down, it’s going to go faster, and faster, and faster, and you’re going to skip all the little things you needed to learn and acknowledge about each other along the way.
.. are more important than big, infrequent home runs.
Big leaps happen by adding lots of tiny steps up over a long period of time. If you think you can skip that process, you’re wrong.
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Beginner's luck does not actually exist. Most of the time the beginner has a similar skill that aids them.
Or the novice could be new to the task, but have tried it before and failed r...
To the beginner, anything Is possible. They are not blocked by experience and are willing to try out many possibilities and solve problems creatively.
The expert has narrowed down the possibilities and can become too comfortable with their own perspectives.
When you are good at something, you're under pressure to perform at your level.
A novice doesn't particularly care how they perform and doesn't feel any pressure to perform.
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“Zen mind is one of those enigmatic phrases used by Zen teachers to make you notice yourself, to go beyond the words and wonder what your own mind and being are. This is the purpose of all Zen teaching—to make you wonder and to answer that wondering with the deepest expression of your own nature.”
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Self-compassion is treating yourself with the same kindness and consideration that you would offer to someone else.
Self-compassion helps you cope with tough situations and helps you t...
Parents' frame of mind impacts their children. Parents should not blame themselves when their children struggle.
Since parents lead by example, treating themselves with compassion and without judgment can help their children to do the same.
Many parents stop meditating once they have children. But new research suggests that even brief interventions can be helpful.
Public speaking is often topping the charts as the No. 1 fear in the world.
People feel anxious, sweaty, or have a pounding heart while being on stage in front of an audience.
A great way to remove a large portion of fear is to practice hard, studying the topic well. You can research all questions that the audience may ask, and practice the speech in front of a mirror or in front of friends.
Practicing soothes our nerves, making us ready for the final audience.
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The intention of calming meditation is to cultivate a quieter, more peaceful state of mind and improved concentration.
Insight meditation often sets an intention to transform the mind by developing qualities such as wisdom and compassion.
Many meditation techniques combine elements of both.
It uses the object of your breath to focus attention and maintain awareness. If your mind starts to wander, return your attention to your breath.
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These are some of the common ways we habitually deal with the uncertainty of a decision. But none of them solve the problem for us:
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One of the valuable skills in meditation is called open awareness, where you rest in the awareness of awareness. You can then approach situations with fresh eyes, and let go of your habitual reacti...
Some find that being aware of awareness is confusing or even bizarre.
However, upon further reflection, they consider it very peaceful.
Social neuroscientists found when practicing open awareness meditation, Gamma waves that usually occur briefly and in one spot of the brain are elevated all across the brain. It makes you feel a sense of vastness and spaciousness.
We typically see the world through a set of filters that can limit our experience and keep us stuck in painful patterns of emotion.
Filters help us anticipate what is going to happen next and influence the information our brains receive. When we begin to filter too much, we lose touch with the beginner's mind that is open and without preconceptions.
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