The fact that I learned something new about my phone gave me hope. Hope that I still have a beginners mind about learning. When I was practicing Aikido the beginners mind was engrained into my psyche by my Sensei. It was taught to always come to the mat with a beginners mind. Always open to learning new things. I haven’t officially practiced Aikido in a Dojo for a few years but have always held the philosophy close to my heart. It was great confirmation for me that I still have a beginners mind. I picked up my phone didn’t let the challenge of what was going on with my very outdated piece of technology (or mind for that matter – as far as technology goes anyway) and learned something new my phone could do.
Having a beginners mind can serve a very positive purpose for all of us on so many levels. When we have a beginners mind we retrain and rewire our thinking. People pay good money to learn neurolinguistics programming. By simply having a beginners mind, being flexible and open to new ideas, others perspectives and self-discovery you are ahead of the NLP game. Mind you I don’t want to negate the benefits of undertaking an NLP course because from what I have heard it’s a fantastic journey of learning. My point is that starting with the mind of a beginner leads to new ways of thinking.
Many politicians could learn a from a beginners mind. Sitting at the top of the bureaucracy ladder I wonder how ingrained regulation, legislation and simply saving their own butts using political rhetoric and legal jargon is for our pollies. If they actually put themselves in the mind of the average voter and took the time to see things from a new perspective I wonder how different the policy making process would be.
Beginners mind is a great when used in conflict resolution. Imagine if the war-makers took the perspective of the beginner. Instead of seeing that the only way to get what they want is to bomb, kill and maim the so called enemy, think what would happen if they could see the many possibilities to peace which comes from a beginners mind.
This is just the surface of the beginners mind. The concept goes much deeper than my musings. If you are interested you can google Shoshin. It’s a Zen Buddhist concept for beginners mind. I was simply reminded of the concept playing on my mobile phone device and was pleased with confirmation that I still have an open mind, am happy to see things from multiple perspectives and to enjoy the wonders of discovering new things for myself. Maybe you too have a beginners mind and didn’t realise it. Or perhaps you can learn a little from Shoshin. I encourage you to travel the path with the mind of the beginner and see what transpires.
Thanks for reading my musings of today.
Yours with Ki