So often, we are very busy working with our best skill sets: if we are good at writing, we write a lot. If we’re good at cooking, we do that. If we’re social, we always use our social skills.
Yet, there is magic that happens when we try something that we don’t know how to do: That we’re not good at, or that isn’t easy or natural for us.
What happens then, is that we must approach the new skill with beginner’s mind. Which is, of course, not all about learning the techniques of a skill, but about learning how to manage our emotions as we experience discomfort, frustration, failure.
When we were kids, we were always beginners: we threw our- selves into everything whole-heartedly, and it was always new. Over
time, we got “good” at one thing or another, and we started choos- ing that, because it was easier.
Yet, there’s something about going back to being a beginner that changes us. Makes us more curious, more open, less attached to outcome.
When we are in beginner’s mind, we are in Now. Open to ev- erything, ready to learn, ready to adapt. We’re humble, we’re pres- ent, we’re whole.
A beautiful way to be.
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