Babies show Beginner’s Mindfulness Naturally
Aren’t babies delightful? Yes and no, depending. But all normal babies have this trait, much as it drives their carers crazy sometimes…
This is one technique in your Mindfulness toolbox you will appreciate as much as I do. The true Mindfulness beginner is a baby from about one year old onwards. This kind of awareness often ends or is snuffed out by the time a child goes to school. Perhaps not always.
With the practice of Mindfulness, we want to fan those embers of a long-lost sense of discovery that was natural to us when we were young and curious. Look at this photo of my granddaughter. The flower we pass by holds a riveting fascination for her. She is trying to understand everything she can see, feel, touch and if she can get away with it, taste. She doesn’t hear anyone calling her, she is so focused.
When we are out and about, we may think there is nothing we haven’t seen before. Put your mind to searching something to investigate with Beginner’s Mind. I am sure you will succeed.
It doesn’t have to be a living thing. When I stand at the bus stop these winter months, I look up to spot the highest leaf still clinging to the branch or watch a particular bird singing its heart out. Or the way the stones fit together on the wall over the road and discovering there used to be a door there.
You may find yourself sensing wonder and delight deriving from this new/old way of looking. With luck, this feeling will remain with you and you will try it again and again.
It’s not often we can learn from a baby!