“If your mind is empty, it is always ready for anything, it is open to everything. In the beginner's mind there are many possibilities, but in the expert's mind there are few. ”
― Shunryu Suzuki
Beginnings come in many forms. Sometimes we are led to new beginnings gradually and other times they are sudden. Energetically speaking, beginnings and endings are not concrete because the cycle of life force circles and spirals. However, in the earthly realm of time, space, and distance reality, we witness birth, life, and death of matter. Cycles begin, end and weave together. Beginnings are set amongst endings and times of maintenance.
Oftentimes beginning something new such as a lifestyle shift, habit change or new activity can feel overwhelming. You may see where you want to be or what you imagine blossoming into yet the destination or bloom feels far off. Making tiny shifts in behavior such as spending one hour a week on a new activity or trying something new knowing that from there you can always continue going deeper or navigate in another direction are good places to start.
Here are some helpful tips and considerations when embarking into new territory:
Come open with a beginner’s mind as this mind is most receptive.
Stay calm and present in the new bringing awareness to your breath.
Observe and notice how the physical body responds.
Remember you are a master in other areas - where can you apply knowledge from one area to a new activity?
Ask yourself if it’s time to apply what you already know or to surrender to a brand new way of being.
Stay patient and compassionate toward self.
Allow unfolding in divine timing.
Inquire - why are you choosing this direction?
As we begin anew, let us pair strength and wisdom from mastery with the openness and receptivity of a beginner’s mind.