There is a concept in Zen Buddhism known as shoshin, which means “beginner's mind.” Shoshin refers to the idea of letting go of your preconceptions and having an attitude of openness when studying a subject. When you are a true beginner, your mind is empty and open.
Minimalism is about more than getting rid of stuff. It's a mindset, a way of life. These two qoutes say it well. At its core, being a minimalist means investing your time in the important things in life. The first step in crafting a life you want is to get rid of everything you don’t. … Continue reading Minimalism
I have worked with key words and recently mantra words in order to easier focus on what truly matters to me. During the weekend I realized that what I'm striving for is the concept of Beginner’s Mind. My current three mantra words are open-mindedness, presence (here and now) and gratitude. These words can, at least … Continue reading Beginner’s Mind as my mantra
Linda Eskin links to my post Your teacup is full (Empty your cup) from her post Beginner’s Mind – The Power of the Empty Teacup. Linda places the story in an Aikido context. I like her conclusions. Beginner’s Mind is a sense of wonder, about skills, places, things, people, and even about ourselves. Practice it … Continue reading Beginner’s Mind
I have bought Zen Brush and I really enjoy it. Enjoy performing zen art on your iPad or iPhone. Zen Brush is an app that allows you to easily enjoy the feeling of using an ink brush to write or to paint. It allows anyone to easily perform fluent strokes while not compromising on the … Continue reading Zen Brush
Dayne Herren over at TheHappySelf.com has released a free eBook titled Living Naked: Personal Transformation Through Bare Simplicity. “Living Naked” is a philosophy of living that strips down living to reveal our natural state of happiness. It is about “getting naked” or simply, back to the basics of BEING. The aim of this philosophy is … Continue reading Living Naked (eBook)
I got a copy of LESS - Accomplishing More by Doing Less by Marc Lesser at Øredev 2009. The book is described like this: Discusses the benefits of doing less in a world that has increasingly embraced more - more desire, more activity, more things, more exhaustion. This book is about stopping, as well as … Continue reading LESS – Accomplishing More by Doing Less
The teacup story is around in different versions, here is one version: Once, a long time ago, there was a wise Zen master. People from far and near would seek his counsel and ask for his wisdom. Many would come and ask him to teach them, enlighten them in the way of Zen. He seldom … Continue reading Your teacup is full (Empty your cup)
This photo turned up in a tweet from @Alicat13 and I like it a lot. That image really is peace and harmony. Source: TwitPic.
I came across this quote today: Sex is one of the nine reasons for reincarnation, the other eight are unimportant. Henry Miller It made me smile...