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Adapting the Beginner’s Mind: Rediscovering Mindfulness through the Eyes of a Child

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In mindful meditation, we often emphasize the importance of adopting a beginner’s mind, or the mind of a child. The mind of a child is curious and attentive to the present moment, free from expectations, prejudices, judgments, or preconceived thoughts. It is a state of being purely in the present moment. We cultivate this state of mind to become active observers, as we once were in childhood, but have since forgotten this skill of mindfulness amidst all our obligations, important thoughts, and various “labels” or “lenses” that we apply to every aspect of our lives.

In mindfulness, we learn to be curious about these lenses or labels, as they often create a barrier between us and reality as it truly is. Sometime they cause more harm than good. We learn to respond accurately and assess through our inner wisdom whether it’s time to think with the logical mind or with the wise, heartfelt mind of the inner child, where the genetic wisdom of our ancestors also resides.

Thanks and blessings to the child pictured on a sunset-covered beach in Bali, whose movements were a profound manifestation of this aspect of our being. Moving with the mastery of fire and wind, as skillful as a Shaolin warrior, without the slightest clue or thought about it.

“Let us liberate ourselves from any form of control. Let us focus at the inner drum, where the rhythm aligns with that of our heart. The measure of responsibility, equals to the need for evolution. Just listen, the inner child, let it whisper in your ear.”

 Grigoris Deoudis

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