by Dino Dogan
The Nature of Unbeginner's Mind (NoUM) - Part 2 of 3
Whats wrong with the army wanting to brute-force their way into your Beginner's Mind?
Nothing, except its done TO you.
It's much more useful (to us) to engage in the process of our own volition. By engaging in the quest for the Beginner's Mind, we are able to apply it to things that matter to us. Conversely, when its done to us we are serving goals and agendas of other entities who's motives and intentions are unknown.
To read a fascinating story of King David and Uriah the Hittite which makes this point very clear, check out this post.
Why do you want to destroy your UnBeginner's Mind?
It's been serving you well so far, right? Isn't "knowing" things a good thing? Isn't taking our experience (or baggage?) with us into new situations a good thing?
It can be, but consider this.
How many times have you heard a dog owner say "he (the dog) has never done that before, I don't know what came over him".
It sounds like someone went into the situation expecting an outcome that was based on some prior history of behavior. Doing this puts you at a disadvantage. Staying open, pliable, receptive and responsive to the circumstances is probably a better strategy. Dont you think?
Besides, consider this.
There has never been a moment like the one you're in right now ever before in the history of the universe. And this moment will never ever repeat again. Ever.
So its stands to reason that each new moment is uhmm... new.
Therefore you cant know that moment. Er go, you must stay open, pliable, receptive and responsive. You must be in the Beginner's state of mind.
Of course, the dog owner example is only one example in the million examples we could pull from a single day of our lives. But I'll leave that part up to you.
I hope you are now convinced that there is something to this "Beginner's Mind" business and that you might be wondering, hmmm...how do I acheive the Beginner's Mind? Glad you asked.
The good news is that you have already engaged your mind's Beginner state.
Tho not by choice, but by default.
When you were a kid, you started out knowing nothing (or very little). You didnt have the UnBeginner's Mind to reference. You had to approach every situation as if it was the first time since it WAS the first time.
Glad you don't have to do that anymore, right? Wrong.
Some very smart scientists have collated data and assert that humans learn (and this is where numbers start to vary) anywhere from 50% to 90% of everything we learn in our lifespan, by the age of 5. Thats not a typo, I did say "by the age of five".
Our motor skills, facial recognition, the emotional bonds, language, neurological pathways which act as foundations for everything we do or think, all occur by the age of 5.
Imagine a toddler who isn't curious, who isn't exploring his/her surroundings, who isn't relating to his/her environment...you would say "something is wrong with that kid". And you'd be right. But...as adults we routinely engage in exactly that type of behaviour.
Ask yourself. Is that right?
The problem is that by the time we reach adulthood our UnBeginner's Mind is fully engaged (schools play an important part in this, as do cultural norms, imposed morality, and many other societal structures designed to maintain compliance).
If we are to break out of the UnBeginner Mind state we must make a willful effort towards unknowing, unlearning and shedding our assumptions which make us so comfortable and feel so familiar.
Dino Dogan is a blogger, writer, biker, dog trainer, singer/songwriter, Martial Artist. Dino is now busy with his DIY Blogger Net blog. He is also behind the great social media tool, Triberr. Hopefully one day he'll return to dog blogging. Meanwhile, you can connect with Dino on Twitter or Facebook.
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Human-Dog Problem Tree - PART SEVEN
Human Dog Problem Tree - PART EIGHT
Human Dog Problem Tree - PART NINE
Human Dog Problem Tree - PART TEN
Human Dog Problem Tree - PART ELEVEN
Human Dog Problem Tree - PART TWELVE
Human Dog Problem Tree - PART THIRTEEN
Human Dog Problem Tree - PART FOURTEEN
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