I planned on writing this review several weeks ago, but you know how life gets... Work + Food Tribe + has kept me pretty busy the past few weeks. I've made some pretty serious progress on both which I'm sure I'll discuss later.
Back to the book!
I decided to read Zen Mind, Beginners Mind for several reasons, most of them revolved around looking for ways to eliminate stress, but also as a way to get better in setting and achieving goals.
When it comes to stress, I tend to keep things close to the chest. This can be a good or a bad thing; my ability to "not focus on the pain," has been invaluable, but I've often found myself not being effective during high stress moments.
I'd heard meditation was a good way to increase focus, so a quick Google search for "beginning meditation" led me to Amazon and thus, on to Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind.
The book is a series of teachings by Suzuki Roshi, transcripts of Suzuki's talks recorded by one of his students.
More than anything, the book taught me the importance of being content. As someone who struggles with "the grass is always greener" syndrome, incorporating daily / weekly meditation has been pretty amazing in terms of advancing my ideas on what it means to be happy.
Shoshin is a recurring theme of Suzuki Roshi's teachings: having an attitude of openness, eagerness, and a lack of preconceptions when studying an object. The book teaches that one way to practice shoshin, or beginner's mind, is to practice the art of being. If you're sitting: you're sitting. If you're eating, you're eating. Too often, we're so busy "living" our lives, that we actually forget to live!
If you're looking to explore some new ways of eliminating the noise, I definitely recommend snagging a copy of the book. Or, feel free to hit me up and you can borrow my copy.