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

Rediscover your beginner’s mind

  • Let go of the need to always contribute. Step back every now and then and just observe and listen.
  • Let go of the need to win every argument.  Letting go of the need to prove a point opens up the possibility for you to learn something new.
  • 'Tell me more about that': Stay quiet and pour all of your energy into listening to someone else.

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  • 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.
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  • 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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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. 

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