Have you ever paused to consider how different life might be if you allowed yourself to view it from a more youth-filled perspective…say from a child’s or beginner’s mind?
According to Suzuki Roshi in “Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind” (and in “The Places that Scare Me” by Pema Chodron)…
“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 for the expert there are few.”
If in your youth, you had the skills and knowledge – from an intellectual, learned perspective – of a more mature you, would your choices – and, therefore, your life – be different now (consider the story of The Curious Case of Benjamin Button…)?
Approaching life in a more open and refreshed way tantalizes and teases the palate and offers a more expanded palette – a landscape that beckons one to taste, envision and paint their own life pictures – drawings much larger and immensely more satisfying than those determined, imposed or defined by the culture or society within which we find ourselves.
In 1928, the cultural anthropologist Margaret Mead focused her research on adolescent girls in Samoa. Her intent was to (more…)