Beginner’s Mind

Be willing to be a beginner, every single morning

~ Meister Eckhart

As adults we live by the clock, seeking the shortest, fastest way to do everything. We determine the times to wake and sleep and eat by our schedule rather than physical needs and desires. Routines make us efficient, but they also limit our mental horizons. 

Instead of thinking, we simply see and do and experience things in the way we always have – the way we’ve come to expect. Thoreau, noticing how quickly he had worn a path between his front door and the shore of Walden Pond, wrote, “The surface of the earth is soft and impressible by the feet of men; and so with the paths which the mind travels. How worn and dusty, then, must be the highways of the world, how deep the ruts of tradition and conformity!”

Children approach life very differently, greeting even the most ordinary events with enthusiasm and curiosity. They have what Zen Buddhist masters call the beginner’s mind. Unburdened by assumptions, preconceived notions and to-do lists, the beginner’s mind is always “empty and ready for new things.” Its childlike openness creates a direct connection with the Divine that more “worldly” souls cannot experience. As Jesus taught his disciples: “Truly I tell you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of heaven like a little child will never enter it."

It’s never too late to cultivate a beginner’s mind and enjoy the freedom and spontaneity it brings. Why not make it a New Year’s resolution, to remain alert and open to fresh possibilities, new information and novel experiences?  When our minds are empty and ready for new things, we communicate freely with the Infinite and can more easily welcome its abundance into our lives.

To Your Best Life!


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