John Kabat-Zinn’s “Full Catastrophe Living”: The beginner’s mind

“To see the richness of the present moment, we need to cultivate what has been called “beginner’s mind”. Whatever particular practices we might be using, whether it is the body scan, the sitting meditation, or the yoga, we can resolve to bring our beginner’s mind with us each time we practice, so that we can be free of our expectations based on past experiences. An open “beginner’s mind” allows us to be receptive to new possibilities and prevents us from getting stuck in the rut of our own expertise, which often thinks it knows more than it does. No moment is the same as any other. Each is unique and contains unique possibilities. Beginner’s mind reminds us of this simple truth.”

Published by Robert K Stephen (CSW)

Robert K Stephen writes about food and drink, travel, and lifestyle issues. He is one of the few non-national writers to be certified as a wine specialist by the Society of Wine Educators, in Washington, DC. Robert was the first associate member of the Wine Writers’ Circle of Canada. He also holds a Mindfulness Certification from the University of Leiden and the University of Toronto. Be it Spanish cured meat, dried fruit, BBQ, or recycled bamboo place mats, Robert endeavours to escape the mundane, which is why he has established this publication. His motto is, "Have Story, Will Write."

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