The Beginner’s Mind

The Beginner’s Mind

We have two minds: an expert mind and a beginner’s mind. In Japanese Buddhism, a beginner’s mind is called shoshin. It is a mindset where you maintain an attitude of openness, eagerness, and flexibility. In a beginner’s mind, there are no expectations and preconceived ideas. He sees things with an open mind, just like a beginner. You approach every opportunity and experience with openness and non-judgment. As something new that has something new to offer. 

In an expert’s mind, you judge everything. You have a preconceived idea of everything. You perceive good and bad. You perceive ease and difficulty. Everything has a name and a meaning and a definition. 

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