“The art of living... is neither careless drifting on the one hand nor fearful clinging to the past on the other. It consists in being sensitive to each moment, in regarding it as utterly new and unique, in having the mind open and wholly receptive.” - Alan Watts
Have you heard of Shoshin? It is a concept in Zen Buddhism meaning 'Beginner's Mind'. This means having an attitude of openness, eagerness and lack of preconceptions when studying a subject, even when doing so at an advanced level.
Working on cultivating this beginner's mind is a great strategy to help you break away from habitual actions, beliefs, or ways of thinking and responding.
Allow yourself to approach every situation in life with no ego, no expectations. Embrace times of success as well as when you fall and fail. It's the best way to learn, and most of all, to enjoy the experience for what it is at that exact moment.
Read on for a few tips to help you embrace this mindset in all aspects of your life, new or old, to help open you up to new possibilities and perspectives.
One step at a time
Without worrying about the journey, what we'll know or be able to do in the future or what happened in the past, focus on each step and experience in the present moment.
Allow yourself to fail
Celebrate falling down as well as getting up, it's all part of learning. Don't let failure dim your determination. Immerse yourself in your actions, and forget about those that may be watching.
Be okay with not knowing
Keep an open mind and respond to each circumstance as it is right now, not according to how you assume things will be or how they have been previously. Focus on questions rather than answers and you may find that even a beginner has something to teach you.
Let go of the shoulds
We could all write a book about the things we should have done, the places we should have gone and the things we should be doing right now couldn't we? Let go of the preconceived ideas of what your life should look like and allow yourself to be and live without pressure.
Experience the moment fully
Most of the time we're dwelling on the past while stressing about the future, meanwhile the current moment passes right by us unnoticed. Try to stay present and notice each moment, you'll find that even the ordinary may begin to shine.
6 June 2017