‘In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities. In the expert’s, there are few.’ – Shunryu Suzuki
What’s wrong with being a beginner? Everything, it seems.
We live in an age of expertism. Through all forms of media, we’re told that there is someone who knows all about that – whatever that is. Often, they’re willing to tell us, sometimes for a price.
In the midst of all this, something is lost, and that is the willingness to learn, to be open, and to ask the true teacher, the one within.
Getting quiet and asking – sometimes over and over – is a skill I’m still learning. Journaling helps with this, as I believe it’s one of the most effective ways to tap into the inner wisdom we all share.
I know there is no question too large or too small for the inner guide to answer. Part of the fun in writing as a conversation is discovering answers I knew all along.
Exercise: Choose a specific question you would like an answer to, something simple, about your daily life. Write it at the top of a page, and then freewrite for a page. Don’t be discouraged if an answer doesn’t appear immediately. The writing may be priming the pump, and answers that don’t appear on the page often arise unexpectedly as we go about daily life.