How do we cultivate the beginner’s mind?
And what does that even mean? Zen Buddhists refer to the beginner’s mind as shoshin: a state of absolute wonder, curiosity, and openness. Jesus seems to value the beginner’s mind, too. He famously told his disciples that unless they became “like little children” they would never “enter the kingdom of heaven.” The way to God, it seems, is through the beginner’s mind. Why? Because we all think we know so much, and when we know so much, what need do we have of God anyway?
Lots. We have lots of need for God anyway. So, if we agree that the beginner’s mind is of value to us in getting closer to God and in helping us bask in the glory of this thing we all have called life, how do we cultivate it?
This question has a bunch of spin-offs that we can build on in future weeks, but for now, let’s just share with one another the myriad ways that we as individuals try to cultivate the beginner’s mind. Meditate? Journal? Take a different route to the grocery every few days? Read? Take art classes? What are the things that help you behold the world afresh each new day, especially now at the start of spring when nature itself seems to be in a state of shoshin?