Start at the very beginning

etchasketch.blogDecember 31st.  The end of this year.  One step away from the year to come.

I am ending and beginning my year with beginner’s mind.  Open.  Curious.  Passionate.  Allowing.  Accepting.

Beginner’s mind is creation mind.  For me, the best and only place to be.

Last January, in the beginning days of this blog, I wrote about beginner’s mind and Shunryu Suzuki Roshi’s book Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind.  I love this book, love how it both enlightens and mystifies me.  Suzuki Roshi knew creation mind.  I am sure of it, because this is what he said:

‘The Zen way of calligraphy is to write in the most straightforward, simple way as if you were a beginner, not trying to make something skillful or beautiful, but simply writing with full attention as if you were discovering what you were writing for the first time; then your full nature will be in your writing.  This is the way of practice moment after moment.’

Then further along, he says:  ‘This is also the real secret of the arts: always be a beginner.’

This is how I am choosing to end and begin, stepping from 2015 into 2016.  This is how I am choosing to live 2016.

Be a beginner.  Give myself permission to play.  Be open and curious and in love with my life.  Risk the possibility of ugly art and bad writing.  Risk the possibility of beauty that shines through the drawing and sings in every word.  Use everything in my life, and see what happens.  Let myself stand in this present moment and receive what is here for me.

Do this, and through it all, choose love, choose love, choose love.

Happy New Year, Cat!  Happy New Year, all of Us! xoxoxo


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Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind by Shunryu Suzuki Roshi, originally published in 1970, currently published by Shambhala

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