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Shoshin: A Remarkable Zen Concept Used to Let Go of Old Assumptions

The danger of expertise

As you grow in knowledge and expertise, your mind becomes more closed. 

You tend to deny the information that disagrees with what you already know and yield to the information that confirms your current point of view.




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.

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.
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.

Learn Less

Consume less, but better quality material with intense bursts of focus.

Learning less in a day also reinforces the power of spacing effect as your mind gets the chance to process and remember what you learn.

Plan And Set Learning Goals

Planning and goal setting will give you a direction and will let you set intentions.

They let you achieve massive growth in a short time when you set a deadline.

Learn With Deep Focus

An hour of focused learning is more effective than 3 hours of shallow learning.

If you’re serious about learning, you can’t get distracted during that dedicated time. You can also enhance your focus by pre-conditioning your mind (having a nap before, a coffee, listening to music, etc.)

Change and the unchangeable
We like to think that things can be changed. That we are in control somehow.  That's why “never” hurts, because never means that it can’t be changed. “Never” means it’s over. It’s gone. And that’s really hard to bear.
Meaning and relationships
  • We generate meaning through relationships. And meaning is the fuel of our minds. 
  • Our relationships also define our understanding of ourselves. And when one of these relationships is destroyed, that part of our identity is destroyed along with it. 
Depression vs. sadness
  • Sadness occurs when something feels bad. 
  • Depression occurs when something feels meaningless. 

When something feels bad, at least it has meaning. In depression, everything becomes a big blank void.