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Practicing “Beginners Mind” to Invite Inspiration

By Alexandra Lowry, Certified Integrative Life Coach

The origin of the word “inspire” dates back to 1300s Middle English “inspiren,” which in Latin means “to breathe upon or into, of extraordinary quality, as if arising from an external creative impulse.”

How does one invite and create an inspired life? It can be as simple as a momentary pause, a breather, a shift into a state of not knowing, welcoming what Zen Buddhism refers to as “Shoshin,” which means an attitude of openness, eagerness and a “beginner’s mind.”

Beginner’s mind is not always easy in this world of chronic busyness. Many people simply want to be “in the know.” This striving may be helpful at times; however, when prolonged, it can be a disaster for the human spirit, blocking the soul whispers and inner wisdom guidance. In this society of doing greater, farther, and faster, people are lost in a tempest of what amounts to “counterfeit success.” A habitual response to the proverbial “How are you?” is now, “So busy!” This is often expressed as if it’s badge of courage or reflection of self-importance.

In humans, the ego mind is naturally wired to classify, categorize and judge all experiences. While extremely helpful in paying the bills, the ego logic mind will never bring forth inspiration like sacred intuition will. How can one invite inspiration and creativity if the mind is constantly cluttered? Create the space.

One can ask the following questions. What valuable, creative ideas am I missing in the narrowness of my thinking? What doors of opportunity am I slamming shut by closed mindedness, or by my perceived expertise? How am I limiting my experiences by my preconceptions of the world? Do I have a growth mindset or a fixed one…and is my belief system one of abundance or lack? Simply asking these questions can lead to greater awareness and spark insights that lead to inspiration!

Practicing beginners mind can greatly enrich life, inviting more joy, love and creativity. It can help in facing setbacks or disappointments. Not to be confused with denial or irresponsible thinking, it’s a powerful choice one can exercise to take a pause and decide what there is to be learned. In this pause, many people find something magical and inspiring that results in taking a path perhaps not seen before.

Alexandra Lowry is a Certified Integrative Life Coach, Breakthrough Mastery Coach, Infinite Possibilities Trainer/Teacher and Inspired & Intentional Living Speaker with The Wisdom.

 

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