Approaching Life with Beginner's Mind : zen habits
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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 pay attention.
See everything with fresh eyes. Drop your preconceived ideas and just look clearly at what’s in front of you.
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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 repeatedly.
To the beginner, anything Is possible. They are not encumbered 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. This can put you under pressure.
A novice doesn't care particularly how they perform and don't feel any pressure to perform.
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