Beginning Again

There’s a novelty in beginnings with new things to learn and discover. The pressure felt by the expert is gone. You can rediscover your missing sense of wonder and accomplishment. There are new angles and approaches to life that you may have missed.

I have gone back to the beginning. I’ve started taking 2 beginning dance classes this week in forms that are not my own. And I feel wonder. I am noticing muscles that are not developed. I am learning control of my body in new ways. At this stage, I have no idea if I will continue with either form beyond the beginner level. I don’t know if I will ever perform either form. But it doesn’t matter. The point is to train. The purpose is to lose the surety that years of practice brings you. And to remember the sense of wonder and to approach something as a novice.

Tonight, I walked home from ballet class and smiled. I was not expert. I was imperfect. I appreciated my fellow students and teacher. And I learned.

In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities, but in the expert’s there are few. ~Shunryu Suzuki