Beginner’s Mind Haiku

Beginner’s Mind Haiku

  • December 14, 2015

Forgot the blinker?
Driven by distraction mind?
Forego assumptions.
-Janetti Marotta

This post is part of my Haiku series. If you haven’t already, please read my “Introduction to Haiku” post.

Short practice:
Too often do we make foregone conclusions, erroneous assumptions that lead to thinking the worse rather than giving ourselves or others the “benefit of doubt.” If you’re driving down the road and are behind someone going 10 miles an hour, it’s easy to assume it’s another cell phone driver who’s driven to distraction. But there are other possibilities. Perhaps they’re feeling sick, are lost or confused, or just learning to drive. Cultivate beginner’s mind. Just say: “Don’t know,” and continue on your way.

“Knowing is in the not knowing. Make no assumptions. Employ beginner’s mind.”
-Janetti Marotta