The novice

The famous Zen master, Suzuki talked about “Beginner’s Mind”.

“In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities, but in the expert’s there are few.”

The beginner makes fast progress because he is not aware of what mistakes he will make/is making. He just “goes for it” simply because he doesn’t know of the alternatives, or the consequences.

And then time passes and we have to trade it all in for experience. Sic transit gloria mundi.

Nobody expects you to stay in Beginner’s Mind forever. It’s impossible. You wouldn’t stay alive for very long, for one thing.

It’s the human condition. Life is suffering. Existence is baggage.

The trick is making it worthwhile, somehow. Let me know how you get on.

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