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Category Archives: Beginner’s Mind

When You Feel Like Giving Up

When You Feel Like Giving Up

If you feel like giving up, it implies that you are trying to get somewhere. But the truth is that there is no goal. And isn’t this really what makes us unhappy? Thinking that we have not reached our goals? We want happiness, success, abundance, love, recognition, and when we feel we don’t measure up against our goals, we suffer. The true prize, if there is one, is the ability to be ok with whatever arises. And this takes practice. Read More

When Dead Ends Are Doorways, Or, When Your Goals For The Year Turn Out To Be A Total Freaking Disaster

When Dead Ends Are Doorways, Or, When Your Goals For The Year Turn Out To Be A Total Freaking Disaster

Reinventing yourself means breaking the mold, questioning your intentions, dwelling in the dark depths of uncertainty without hope of finding a quick answer. It means looking hard at the recurring themes: the habits that you’ve developed whether consciously or not, that open the door when suffering knocks. The ones that bring you to your knees. Again. There is no system for this, no 10 step practice, no self-help Ted talk, no app that you can download. Read More

Follow Your Heart

Follow Your Heart

Something significant changes when you start and commit to making what you love be the focus of your daily activity. Read More

Relaxing Into Uncertainty

Relaxing Into Uncertainty

Whether you call it beginner’s mind, or not knowing, or relaxing into uncertainty, the quality of mind that arises when you let go of the struggle to control outcomes is the quality of mind that doesn’t need to control outcomes. Read More

Living in the Present Moment

Living in the Present Moment

If you worry too much about the destination, you may miss the present moment. Living in the present moment –without agenda, without goal–might just be the hardest practice there is. It’s easy to get caught up in modernity’s insistence on things happening in real-time, but the fact is some things require patience. Read More

Yoga and meditation are tools to transform the mind

Yoga and meditation are tools to transform the mind

Somewhere between the extremes of effort and surrender lies the harmonious equilibrium called yoga. Holding both extremes at the same time, we essentially short-circuit conditioned mind with its habitual patterns. If what we mean by yoga is “union”, then the foundations of Ashtanga yoga provide a valuable tool to experience this dynamic balance of opposites.… Read More

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