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Always be a beginner


One of my favorite mantras is “always be a beginner.” Shunryu Suzuki emphasizes this in his book “Zen Mind Beginner’s Mind.” The goal of meditation or spiritual practice is not to become advanced or to master the practice but to practice being a humble and enthusiastic beginner. Simplicity and sincerity are all I need for each practice and for each challenge of each day. Always be a beginner.

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Writer. In the summers, I live and work in the incredible state of Alaska, in the bush community of McCarthy; I pass the winters in the Santa Cruz Mountains of California. I'm working on a memoir-based nonfiction book on the American Dream. I blog, quite frequently, and I also have a novel in process, set in Alaska.

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  1. eduardosiders says

    JON —– Let me say i love you, And i thank you for everthing you have done to help me and outhers


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