Shoshin is the Japanese practice of maintaining a beginner’s mind in everything you do. This shift in perspective empowers you to see everything in a new light.
What Is Shoshin?
Shoshin is an openness, eagerness, and lack of preconception. It’s similar to our saying “stop and smell the roses”. The goal is to apply this beginner’s mindset to everything that you do so that you can explore all the possibilities. Or like the roses, a greater appreciation for the little things in life.
Breaking Habitual Mindsets
Shoshin isn’t just applied to the present moment but can be applied when you find yourself ruminating or stuck in a habitual thought pattern. It opens you up to exploring alternatives other than your current mindset. The goal is not to continue to ruminate, but to break free by realizing that there are unlimited options.
Children Are Excellent Examples
To see shoshin in practice spend a bit of time with a child under the age of 5, better yet—take them to do or see something they have never tried before. As adults we often correct their beginner’s mindset in order to teach them the ways of the world—but we have all been amazed at the profound insights delivered by kids experiencing something for the first time.
Not only will your new way of thinking help you see out of the box, but it can improve work performance, communication, and overall quality of life.