Beginner’s Mind

Beginner’s Mind

  • November 28, 2016

“Mindfulness cultivates beginner’s mind: looking at things as if for the first time, without assumptions. When you employ beginner’s mind, you meet life with an attitude of curiosity; every moment is a new beginning. This gets you out of the judgmental “good versus bad—this versus that” thinking that automatically puts you somewhere other than where you are. All sorts of possibilities are created, because you’re paying attention to everything occurring in the present moment and being okay in the confusion, in the not knowing. In the words of Lao-tzu, paradoxically, “The more you know, the less you understand” (1988, Epigram 47)” (Marotta 2013, 70).

Ask yourself: “Do I often find myself reacting on autopilot with judgmental thinking based on assumptions and false conclusions or do I carry an attitude of curiosity and find myself open to possibility and exploration?”

Mindful Observation—Beginner’s Mind. Notice when your thinking is based on judgments, assumptions, interpretations, foregone conclusions and erroneous beliefs. Make a mental note Assuming, then say Don’t Know and put forth an attitude of curiosity.

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