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Beginners Mind

The Empty Room

John David Mann | Posted 05.28.2016 | GPS for the Soul
John David Mann

When I turned 17, I began doing something odd: every few weeks, I would take everything out of my room. Bed and bedding, cello and chairs, stereo, bur...

To Know or Not to Know

Annie Wood | Posted 03.23.2017 | Healthy Living
Annie Wood

We often hand out our own life sample snippets in an attempt to advise another, and that could be helpful at times, but what might do the trick in a deeper way, could be to simply listen.

Heart Openers, On and Off the Mat

Angela St. Cyril | Posted 02.22.2017 | GPS for the Soul
Angela St. Cyril

"Arms stretched out behind you, grasp your hands behind your back... lift your gaze and open the heart" The yoga instructor gently continues to remind...

Why Being a Beginner Is Essential for Breakthrough Discoveries, Mastering Mindfulness, and More

Matt Tenney | Posted 01.25.2017 | Business
Matt Tenney

I have many, many traits that don't serve me or others well. One of the trickiest to overcome has been my tendency to be a "know-it-all."

Beginner's Mind -- Listen

Marianne Messina | Posted 12.10.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Marianne Messina

In terms of practicing mindfulness and meditation, I need constant nudging. And recently, over a two-day span, I got a good dose of nudging. The fir...

My Transgender Life: Explain It to Me Like I'm a 6-Year-Old

Grace Anne Stevens | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Grace Anne Stevens

I wonder why adults don't look at change the way a 6-year-old does. Why can't we explain being transgender to everyone in the same way we would to our children?

Beginning With Beginner's Mind

Michelle May, M.D. | Posted 03.10.2015 | Healthy Living
Michelle May, M.D.

As a result on an ongoing right shoulder "project," I've switched my computer mouse to my left hand. (Before reading on, try switching your mouse to ...

What's Your Story?

Mark Matousek | Posted 08.03.2014 | Healthy Living
Mark Matousek

We're determined in the time we have left to edit out the dishonest plots, tired characters, obsolete themes, and destructive story lines, the creaky set pieces that block us from feeling real. We want to know ourselves in the end and not be deceived by bad fiction.

The Beginner's Mind and the Mind of God

Rabbi Geoffrey A. Mitelman | Posted 06.11.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Geoffrey A. Mitelman

We human beings don't experience the world as it is -- we experience the world through the filter of our minds. How we look at and think about the world informs the way we act in it, which then informs the way both religion and science are practiced.

How to End Your Affair With Perfectionism Without Sliding Off the Edge of the Universe

Peggy Nolan | Posted 04.16.2014 | Women
Peggy Nolan

Guess what? Life is messy. And it doesn't always go the way you planned it. Life, you see, has a hard time staying within your lines.

Mindful Eating Is Just a Fad (And Other Myths)

Michelle May, M.D. | Posted 08.31.2013 | Healthy Living
Michelle May, M.D.

Unfortunately, the phrase "mindful eating" is being misused by some people as a way to talk about restricting food intake. That is a fad -- and it is not what mindful eating is all about.

Starting Over

Kristin M. Swenson, Ph.D. | Posted 05.01.2013 | Religion
Kristin M. Swenson, Ph.D.

Starting over ain't easy. The trick, the Zen masters say, is hanging on to beginner's mind, no matter one's circumstances, experience or expertise. For in that state everything is possible.

Crisis: Remembering and Beginning...

Robert Levithan | Posted 05.12.2012 | Healthy Living
Robert Levithan

When faced with a new type of crisis, we often have to let ourselves be beginners and "not know" what we have not yet learned.

The Tao of Dr. Seuss for Parents, Educators and Even Politicians

Susan Kaiser Greenland | Posted 05.01.2012 | Education
Susan Kaiser Greenland

Dr. Seuss has demonstrated time and time again that, when it comes to teaching abstract concepts to children, it's OK to set the bar high. Tomorrow marks his 108th birthday and his books have informed my work in ways that I doubt he could have imagined.

The Importance Of Play: It's More Than Just Fun And Games

Michael Sigman | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Michael Sigman

Modern technology reveals that play lights up the brain in such desired areas as clarity and memory. Common sense tells us that if we've been encouraged to play as a child, beginner's mind comes more naturally as an adult.