How to Approach Situations With a Beginner’s Mind

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“I know EXACTLY how this is going to go…”

Maybe you’ve had this thought cross your mind during a meeting at work or when having a difficult conversation with a friend.

Our brain likes to predict the future based on our experiences. Over time, we become confident in what we know, so we miss out on new information that could change old patterns for the better.

So, beginner’s mind is a mindfulness practice that asks us to approach old situations as if we were seeing them for the first time; with curiosity and nonjudgement.

Maybe there’s a person in your life who you’re convinced hates you. You’re starting to dread every interaction with them. Maybe you see everything as cold and distant.

Beginner’s mind would ask you to approach that situation as if you were seeing it for the first time.

What are you missing? Stick to the facts and be nonjudgemental. Be open to new observations. And lastly, don’t let what you know blind you from what you don’t know.

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Elise Howell, LPCA
Elise's passion is to collaborate with teen girls and their families in navigating the unpredictable years of adolescence, and supporting women in cultivating healthy relationships with their whole selves. She engages with clients' strengths to help clients process their stories, build skills to move them towards their goals, and reconnect with what’s most important to them in life. When she is not watching classic romantic comedies, Elise enjoys kayaking, hiking, and beach days with her husband. She loves all things Harry Potter and musical theater.

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