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How a Beginner’s Mind Can Transform Your Practice

How a Beginner’s Mind Can Transform Your Practice

“In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities. In the expert’s mind there are few.”
~Shunryu Suzuki, Zen Monk

Image Credit: westpark via Flickr.
Image Credit: westpark via Flickr.

Mindfulness, meditation, chanting; there is a myriad of ways to bring calm and serenity to our lives.  However, a very simple and useful concept when it comes to our yoga practice is ‘Shoshin’, a Zen Buddhist concept that translates as ‘The Beginner’s Mind’. In practice it means accepting things the way they are, without layering on our own preconceptions. (more…)

Poppy Pickles

Samadhi: Everything Is Here In This Moment

Samadhi: Everything Is Here In This Moment

For the past while we’ve been looking at each of the eight limbs of yoga. Through this, we’ve learnt how yoga practice can take us on an ever-subtler journey inwards. This starts with how we live our lives (yamas and niyamas), to our bodies (asana), to breath (pranayama), to internal absorption (pratyahara), to concentration (dharana), and then to meditation (dhyana). So here we are at the eighth limb of yoga: samadhi, a state of oneness and liberation. (more…)