Benefits of a beginner's mind

  • Better experiences: You aren’t clouded by prejudgments or preconceptions about how things should be.
  • Better relationships: You can see people with fresh eyes and notice that they’re just trying to be happy, instead of being annoyed by them.
  • Less procrastination: Be curious about what the task will be like. 
  • Less anxiety: Instead of worrying about what might happen, you can open yourself up to being curious about what will happen.

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A beginner’s mind

It means dropping our expectations and preconceived ideas about something, and seeing things with an open mind, fresh eyes, just like a beginner.

A form of meditation

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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Small, Daily Habits

.. 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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After you practice focusing on your breath for a week, you might also try staying with a thought or feeling that arises. 

Stay with the feeling for a while. Just stay, and be curious.

  • Don't apply the same experience to anything new. In every situation, consider what you've seen before and what's different.
  • Consider crazy ideas and strategies even if you are sure they will not work.
  • If you have an idea you really like but are afraid to try it, you probably have a unique idea that could be worth the risk.
  • Listen to your gut instead of your brain when you are over-thinking. Consider your options when you are under-thinking.
  • Think with a beginners-mind. Consider the the problem from the perspective of a novice.

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