Benefit in Life with a “Beginner’s Mind” (Podcast Minisode #13)

beginner's mind

A beginner’s mind will open us to new possibilities.

“Beginner’s mind” is a teaching phrase which comes from Zen Buddhism. I’m not a Buddhist. But Jesus offers the real “beginner’s mind” … a transformative approach to life that is open, boundless, limitless and infinitely wealthy.

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Our mind easily becomes closed and limiting. We may feel secure and proud in our dogmatism. But it stifles life-force.

A beginner’s mind is a beautiful mind. It’s the mind of a child — questing, questioning, welcoming, learning. It is supple and receptive.

The key is becoming a child again. Not childish. But embracing fresh beginnings as a child would.

Much possibilities overflow in a child’s mind. The mind of a child innovates. A child will figure it out and find a way. The belief level soars, not yet jaded by the world of big-adult “expert” ideas.

Jesus spoke of this: “You must become like a child to enter my world, a higher dimension of living with new possibilities.”

Jesus offers a 2nd childhood

The key is becoming a child again. Not childish. But embracing fresh beginnings as a child would.

Much possibilities overflow in a child’s mind. The mind of a child innovates. A child will figure it out and find a way. The belief level soars, not yet jaded by the world of big-adult “expert” ideas.

Jesus spoke of this: “You must become like a child to enter my world, a higher dimension of living with new possibilities.”

Jesus also taught us that we must be like a new wineskin, able to hold fresh, expanding wine. The old wineskin cracks and the fresh wine leaks out.

A few seed-thoughts …

Here’s a few ideas to stimulate our beginner’s mind:

  • Start doing new things again. Anything. Take up a new interest where you’re a beginner again and have to learn most everything about what you’re pursuing. Stretch. You’ll start conditioning your beginner’s mind. This budding mindset will then transfer into other areas of your life.
  • Keep learning at all times. Life is an unending series of commencements. It never stops. And that’s a good thing. Embrace “graduations” and new beginnings. Design them into your life.
  • Take a small kid (any kid) into a setting that is completely new and exciting for them. Observe them carefully. What are 2 or 3 takeaways that really speak to you?
  • Say “I don’t know. Just say it. To yourself and to others. We can release the everlasting compulsion to feel that we always know everything about everything!
  • Cultivate a questioning approach to life. I’m not talking about rebellion. It’s a mindset that is questing for the best. What if Da Vinci or Edison thought they knew everything?

So whatever the opportunity or challenge may be (the many facets of relationships, finance, wellness, causes and mission, entrepreneurial ventures, and so on), the beauty of a beginner’s mind will welcome new days of possibility.

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