Truth, time, value, beauty: all things that within our evolution as a culture we have taken and claimed for our own.
Concepts that we have created, or sometimes twisted. Each of which can mean something completely unique to an individual, and something absolutely opposite to another.
Yet we still linger around the black and white perceptions of good and evil. Clinging to the idea that we all need to have a collective agreement of what is right and what is wrong; and clearly anything opposing that falls in to the borders of malevolent.
We are too quick to fuel up on fear and bang the nefarious war drums of cultural entitlement; veiled thinly as a noble cause.
Do these expansions of beginners mind help or hinder? Are we lifted up by our imagination or does the egoic clutter become too much?
Within all these silly human games; we need teachers. Guidance. but yet. We are taught, sink or swim; and that vulnerability is a weakness. All the while deep in our forced independence we become weaker and weaker.
When stripped of the minds bindings, we have left basic animal instincts. Pain, pleasure, self preservation, and love.
Shoshin is a notion in Zen Buddhism meaning “beginner’s mind”. It refers to having an attitude of openness, eagerness, and lack of bias when studying a subject, even when studying at an higher level, just as a beginner in that subject would.
How can we learn to intertwine our gorgeous but sometimes detrimental modern imagination, with our fearless primal instinct?
I believe that when braided together; we could thrive more magnificently then ever before; I believe that with work, humility, passion and love…. we could very well save the world.
I believe in us, and I mean all of us.