By stripping away our thoughts and allowing ourselves to truly experience something, we may be surprised by the wonder and joy that it brings.
Mindfulness is a practice that helps you to see things from a fresh or new perspective. We can witness the concept of “beginner’s mind” in kids. Watch a small child the first time they dip their toes into a lake or ocean or the first time they have a lick of ice cream. The wonder on their faces as they experience something they have never done or tasted before is priceless.
As adults, we can also experience the joy of something new, even if we are familiar with it. By stripping away our thoughts and allowing ourselves to truly experience something, we may be surprised by the wonder and joy that it brings.
- Allow yourself to be open and curious.
- Look around and see things as if you have never seen or experienced them before.
- Allow your senses to take over: What do you see? What do you hear or smell? How does something truly taste? Can you focus on the subtle nature of touch?
I hope that by trying out a “beginner’s mind” practice you have moments of enjoying summer as much as the kids running around in their swimsuits with ice cream dripping down their faces!
Nicole Lovald is a life coach and yogi, and the owner of Spirit of the Lake Yoga and Wellness Center in Excelsior.