Beginner’s Mind means not being shackled to old thoughts and ways, but being open to new possibilities. It is the art of seeing things freshly, as a novice. You can always go back to your old ideas, your past impressions, your biases. But what if you came from a place of discovery and receptivity?
With Beginner’s Mind, try to:
--Arrive at the moment from a place of innocence.
--Be like a child: Embrace the wonder and awe in front of you.
--Be willing to NOT be an expert.
--Eliminate pre-conceived notions: Don’t assume you know how things will turn out.
--Remember what it’s like for your students to see things for the first time. Lean into that.
--Be focused on what’s right in front of you. Live THIS moment. Not the last one or the next one.
--Ignore the status quo. Fearlessly go where you need to go.
--Trust your intuition. Have faith.
--Empty the cup of your own opinions. Be open to possibilities and alternative outcomes.
--Be unafraid of failure.
--See each time as a New Journey. Because it is.
--Be a new learner, even when doing something you’ve done a million times.
--Let the new moment be what it is. Approach without judgment.
--Embrace “I Don’t Know.” (Often when people say they know, they don’t. They’re just relying on past
impressions and opinions.)
--Be unafraid of starting over.
--Cultivate curiosity. Ask yourself “What if?”
--Be awake to The Now.
--Understand that “Not Knowing” will bring you closer to your objective. TZT