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  • Writer's pictureLydia Winstead

How to use “Beginner’s Mind” to Embrace Change



What if you approached each day with the wonder and curiosity of a beginner?

Shoshin or beginners mind is an idea that stems from Zen philosophy. Beginner's mind is the idea of approaching each activity throughout your day as if you were doing it for the first time. What if you were to release the expectation you hold and instead approach each activity with curiosity? What do you notice? How does this noticing impact you and change your experience?  

 

As Find Your Shine’s newest client coordinator intern I have been in a season of life filled with being a beginner again. Even as I write my first blog post I am swirling with the sensations of anxiety, fear of the unknown and doubting my enough-ness. And like any practice, I invite the beginner's mind to flood back in. I practice releasing my grip on the expectation. I practice opening. I practice staying with curiosity. I practice being present.

 

Maybe you are in a period of being a beginner in something, too. Here are some offerings to reference when approaching the practice of beginner's mind.

 

  1. Start with a task that feels accessible to you. Maybe when you make your morning cup of tea you explore the ritual with a perspective of doing it for the first time. What details do you notice that you possibly have not noticed before?

  2. Attune to your inner experience. As you move through the task what thoughts, feelings, and sensations come up? There are no wrong feelings or thoughts! Practice allowing, noticing, and releasing as these feelings and thoughts rise and fall.

  3. Celebrate imperfection. There is no right or wrong way to practice bringing a beginner's mind to tasks, conversations, or new experiences. Give yourself permission to explore this in a way that works and feels best for you.

 

It is an honor and privilege to be a part of this community. I look forward to seeing you at the front desk, assisting with any questions and rooting for you along the way!

 

If you are interested in learning more about our services, please give us a call at 480-815-3211 or email at info@findyourshinetherapy.com. I look forward to chatting with you!

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