Hidden Treasures In Everyday Moments

04 Nov

Photography by Gracie – © All rights reserved

Beginner’s Mind Philosophy

Imagine the joy of rediscovering chocolate every time you eat it.

Seeing the ocean for the first time, hearing a new song, or discovering the taste of a new food: each of these is an adventure. People usually approach a brand-new activity without excessive pre-judgment, thus allowing themselves a full experience. The strategy behind Beginner’s Mind Philosophy, known in Japanese as Shoshin, is to bring that sense of eager anticipation to all of life’s experiences, whether they are new or well known.

Beginner’s Mind need not be limited only to those who practice Zen. For anyone who wants to savor life more fully, approaching everyday activities with an open mind can reveal their hidden delights. Beginner’s Mind stresses the importance of keeping one’s original attitude towards the experiences of life. In order to maintain genuine enthusiasm, even during the most mundane situations, it is important to be fully present and in the moment. Try just breathing naturally for a few moments, with no thought to how, or why, or for how long. Notice each breath for its own sake, and how your body and your mind responds to it. Then try to take this awareness into everyday life, so that each experience is fresh and new.

Beginner’s Mind may not be an easy philosophy to grasp or to practice right away. It can be difficult to let go of long-held opinions and beliefs. If you accept that every situation is new to you right now, you’ll have fewer pre-conceived notions.

When you’ve mastered being in the moment, all experiences are new ones. Even if you’ve surfed for twenty years, with a beginner’s mind, every ride is the first.

Daily OM


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3 responses to “Hidden Treasures In Everyday Moments

  1. naturalhigh

    November 6, 2006 at 7:14 am

    I am so glad that i’ve discovered your blog! The photos, words, and news that you bring here are uplifting and provocative.

    I live in a spectacularly pretty part of the Blue Ridge Mountains and I make a point of noticing it every day. The things that I can start to take for granted are the beauty of the people in my life.

  2. Gracie

    November 6, 2006 at 10:34 am

    Thanks, Natural High! (blushing) I want to do much more on this site so I see the negatives more than the positives. Your words are a great inspiration however and a fine way to start the day.

    The Blue Ridge Mountains must be beautiful this time of year. It’s always been one of my favorite places to visit.

    No, I learned the hard way to never take any body for granted. Everything in life is temporary so absorb the moment and those you love like a sponge. Again, thank you for your kind words.

    I’ll be heading over your way later today when all is quiet here.

  3. Bella and Ollie

    September 1, 2011 at 1:44 am

    What a great way to make our lives richer and fuller, it’s a real fountain of youth because living that way is like living as a child (or even a baby), everything is new.,


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