Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind

10 Weeks to Better Drumming - Part 2

The book, Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind by the late Shunryu Suzuki, is a classic tome that teaches the virtue of approaching all activities as if it were the first time you were doing it. The idea is to remember the initial spark that you had, the initial excitement that you felt the first time you did something. Overtime, that excitement can fade and we are left just going through the motions with little regard for the activity we once were enthused about. This week’s activity is to look at your music, your practice/rehearsals, and your performances as if it were the very first time you were doing them. Imagine yourself as a 5-year old child and find that sense of wonder.

Wonder, not wander, through your life ~ Singal Rinpoche

~ MB


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