Develop A Beginner’s Mind

You are only young once, but you can stay immature indefinitely. Ogden Nash

I was young once. I started out as a child, gave up my childish ways, and then I began trying to get them back. To be adult is to be mature, having reached full growth. As Ray Kroc once said: When you’re green you’re growing, when you’re ripe you’re not.  When you are mature and grown up, you have stopped growing. When you are immature and child-like, you keep growing, growing and growing. This blog is recommending we all try thinking like a child. Try it you might like it.

Children don’t know a lot so they learn a lot; children ask questions, adults give answers. Which is the best way to learn? Children have a beginner’s mind. The beginner’s mind is what Zen practitioners use when describing the notion that learning requires an empty cup. When full of what you already know it is hard to acquire new knowledge. Knowledge is the antithesis of learning. George Land

This empty cup, beginner’s mind idea is being immature, child-like. A beginner’s mind is a mind that is willing to see everything as if for the first time. Zen saying.

           In his delightful book, The Tao of Pooh, Benjamin Hoof has some interesting things to                  say  about a “clear mind”:  An Empty sort of mind is valuable in finding peals and tails                   and things because it can see what is in front of it. An Overstuffed mind is unable to.               While   the Clear mind listens to the bird singing, the Stuffed-Full-of-Knowledge and              Cleverness mind wonders what kind of bird is singing. The more Stuffed Up it is the less it              can hear through its own ears and see through its own eyes.

         Develop a beginner’s mind, a clear, empty sort of mind, an immature, green mind.  Think          like  a child. Try it, you might like it.

Most of us have too much college and not enough kindergarten.Daniel Goleman

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2 Responses to THINK LIKE A CHILD

  1. Betsy Collard says:

    I like it!..But it’s hard to do. B

    Date: Fri, 7 Feb 2014 04:56:46 +0000 To:

  2. Marianne Fontana says:

    Maybe as we get older and forget lots of things–we go back to a child’s mind 🙂 In one of Ram Das’s books, he told about his elderly father that always had a smile and could sit in the silence. He said when you are elderly, you are better able to let go of the outer world and go “inside” and contemplate.

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