Join me this week as I share about the simple pleasures of being a beginner – and why we need to slow down and relish the present moment instead of rushing towards the next achievement. There’s an offer at the end of the show for listeners to get a unique process to tap into their intuition before starting any creative work.
In today’s episode, I share:
- Why I think being a beginner is a beautiful experience, and how interesting it is that our minds often rush towards certainty
- The significance of relishing the present moment before setting our sights on the next mountain peak
- The pleasure of being a beginner and the power of savoring the present moment
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Full episode transcript below:
Welcome to today's episode, The Pleasure of Being a Beginner. Today I'm sharing with you a recording that I made a year ago, as I was about to begin what I knew would be a transformative program for me. I noticed that while being a beginner feels quite pleasurable, my mind wanted to go into the future and look forward to, and attach to, certainty, to feeling like I had a handle on things, to feeling like I was in flow within this program. I watched how I wanted to skip over this very important phase of beginning, when we can soak in how fun it is, and all the anticipation, and all the happy hormones that are circulating. I was so touched as I re-listened to myself from a year ago, and also deeply inspired, which that feels kind of funny to say, but it's true. My takeaway from myself, lol, is to slow down and be with being a beginner. What are we rushing to? To become an expert just so that we can become a beginner at the next thing? It's so silly when you really think about it. I hope that this resonates with my fellow achievers. Once we see that life is cyclical, and we really get it, we can begin to work with our patterns of striving and achieving, and instead find exactly what we want in this moment because it's always there. Let's get into today's show. Welcome. Welcome to today's episode, the Pleasure of Being a Beginner. Today I'm sharing with you a recording that I made a year ago as I was about to begin what I knew would be a transformative program for me. I noticed that while being a beginner, feels quite pleasurable, my mind wanted to go into the future. And look forward to and attach to certainty, to feeling like I had a handle on things to feeling like I was in flow within this program. I watched how I wanted to skip over this very important phase of beginning when we can soak in how fun it is and all the anticipation and all the happy hormones that are circulating. I was so touched as I re-listened to myself from a year ago and also deeply inspired, which that feels kind of funny to say, but it's true. My takeaway from myself, lol, is to slow down and be with being a beginner. What are we rushing to, to become an expert just so that we can become a beginner at something new, at the next thing to become a beginner at the next thing. It's so silly when you really think about it. I hope that this resonates with my fellow achievers. Once we see that life is cyclical and we really get it, we can begin to work with our patterns of striving and achieving, and instead find exactly what we want in this moment because it's always here for us because it's always there. Because it's always here. Let's get into today's show. I wanna read you what I wrote this morning. So I haven't really been writing this past week. I feel like I'm in this kind of transition phase and I just haven't been in the head space to sit down and write, and I don't make that a problem anymore. I don't think that I'm breaking my habit. I just know when I have trouble sitting down to write, like when I try to sit down and write and write a couple sentences and stop. I don't force myself. I just know that, it's not for right now. Right now I'm living and I'm thinking and I'm maybe having a new experience or something and I want to take and allow that time knowing that I will want to write and reflect and process, that will come back, and I can always return to it when I have that desire. So that's what I did this morning and I started really simply because I knew I had some stuff on my mind by writing down, what am I thinking about? Super simple question, right? So, and I wanna read it to you because I've been thinking about this topic for like the past week or so, and this feels like it's kind of emerging. So this is what I wrote. I'm thinking about the pleasure of being a beginner, the pleasure of being a beginner, if we can allow ourselves to pull our foot off the gas. And resist feeling like we're in a rush. We will never get back this moment in time. This level of experience matched with hope, possibility, and shaky belief, which is kind of magic in a bottle, right? This moment, it's like being on the precipice. And I hate roller coasters, but that moment right before you're about to tip over that moment of free fall when you aren't finished climbing yet, but you're also not in the descent yet, you're just kind of hanging out right at the top, or maybe just before the top. It's magic. Why are we in such a rush to be done, complete, and get there? Why do we wanna rush through this phase? And we don't stop and dwell in the pleasure of just before. And I wonder if that's because we're not sure it'll work , and our minds focus on that and worry and fret about that, rather than believing it is working, and we're gonna get where we wanna go, and we'll have what we want. And in the meantime, we can just be and enjoy it- a little more. I know not all the way, right? If you believed that things were falling into place and you were going to create or get exactly what you wanted, could you just be in that phase of waiting, but just before you know what's gonna happen? We miss the most beautiful parts of life when we don't stop and recognize it or appreciate it. Appreciate what we've created, which are the exact conditions that got us right here, set up and ready to launch, to take off, to create exactly what we want. We miss anticipating all that is coming, and we forget to just be here right now in this moment. And we don't take it all in. What I am thinking about is taking in the views. What does it feel like right here, right now? This human experience exactly as it is? I'm thinking about taking it in before I set my sights on the next mountain peak. Life is cyclical. And once you really get this, the rush to get to the next mountain peak wears off because you know that once you get there, then you're just gonna set your sights on the next mountain peak. And there's a lot of learning and growth and growth edges that we go through. And so what I'm questioning is why not just enjoy this moment a little bit more, when you're right here, before you look onto the next one and start the process all over again? Rather, notice what is different in this cycle? What sticks out? What's different about you? What feels different? How are you different? What are you thinking about? Relish it. It's what life is made of. So that's what I wrote about. And I wanna tell you that for me, I'm in this phase right now. I shared last week that I was accepted into a program that I am just deeply honored and excited to begin, and it's starting in a couple weeks. And normally, and I've kind of watched this happen, my mind starts to get a little, like, you know, I just wanted to be here cuz I just wanna know what's gonna happen, and what I need to do and dates and calendars and like, what projects and how am I gonna work, work this into my workflow, et cetera. Right? My minds like started going, and I was like, wait a minute. I will never have this moment again, like before I started this program or even completed the program if I go into the future, I'll never get this back. And I don't wanna rush that. I wanna like be in the deep pleasure right now of knowing that it's coming. All of it is coming. But right now I'm just in that waiting zone. I just like, I know it's coming. I know I'm going to be doing all the things , but right now I just get to enjoy the deep pleasure of being accepted into this program, and the anticipation, and the planning that my mind is going through, and feeling excited and anticipatory of it all. And not being in a rush to begin, or be there, or be a few months, in or feel like I'm getting it, or whatever. So I would be super curious to hear your thoughts about this. Let me know how you feel when you're waiting, when you're in this, at the precipice. That's what I have for you. I am so glad that you are here and that we get to walk our paths together. See you next time. Same time, same place. Bye for now.