Welcoming the Beginner in You
I have a sign that is in full vision to the right of my computer screen. I bought it years ago in Hawaii.
It reads, “A Beginner’s Mind = Open Mind”
When I begin any of my work with students whether in a group or one on one, I ask them to act as if, they are beginner’s because our hearts and heads tend to be more open to new information without the weight of ” a know it all mentality”.
Even when we are learning practices we may have learned many times before, it is best to start with an open mind and open heart. Having a beginners mind does not discount what you already know, (it takes nothing away), it just adds to a deeper learning without arrogance and impatience.
Resistance is the opposite of flow and flow = freedom.
When we resist, we are blocking self love and self care. Resistance also keeps away our ability to receive.
I know that anytime I show up for something minus gobs of resistance, I will always learn something new about myself. This is true for me no matter what I am doing. Anything from trying a new meal plan, to going to a workshop, to starting a yoga practice. I wish I could say that the resistance voice was gone for good. It is not. The gift is that I now have tools to be with it, honor it, accept it rather than deny it. I can be with the resistance and “do it anyway”!
- What about you? What does beginners mind mean to you?
- How do you think it would serve you to let go of resistance to learning something you may already know with an open mind?
- How do you think that would serve you more around your body?
Please take a few minutes to answer these questions on paper and notice what shows up.
I can tell you that resisting my work or any other work that will free you from negative body image is most likely not serving your being happy, joyous and free. And whenever we are in resistance to something chances are we need to go into that resistance, accept it and find out what is really there. Perhaps it is something we do not want to feel. And what we do not feel, we cannot heal.
I invite you to step into your feelings a moment at a time. When I feel resistance to something coming on, I visualize myself taking one Pinky step. One small step, like the kitten is taking on the piano. And from that place, miracles show up all over the place. And I welcome miracles every day.
Aren’t you ready to be committed to your health and well being too?