This post is part of a series of posts where we are looking at the 7 Attitudes of Mindfulness which you can see listed HERE. So far, we have looked at the attitude’s of Non-Judging and Patience. Today we are looking at:
The Attitude of Beginner’s Mind
The Beginner’s Mind means to be open, eager and free from preconceptions when approaching something. It’s a willingness to see everything as if for the first time.
It’s not an alien state that is unknown to us. Every time you learn something new, you have the attitude of beginner’s mind. Then what happens to that wonderful attitude down the line? The moment something becomes familiar to us, the mind tries to take over, calling up memories, and creating expectations and fears which stop us from connecting directly to the reality of the present moment, closing us off from new experiences.
Children are the lucky ones who we can learn from. They naturally have the attitude of beginner’s mind as we once did also. It’s sad that we lose this natural ability as adults but we can regain it with practice, meditation and mindful intention.
Let’s hear what Jon Kabat-Zinn has to say about The Attitude of Beginner’s Mind.
Ciao for now,
[This post is linked up with One Mother Hen’s Open Slather]