I’ve always loved the fresh start-ness of a new journal- choosing a new book, the feel of the
paper, choosing the right pen; all the best of intentions and hopes for new insights. I can still
remember how I felt as I began with this drawing. I put the pen down on the first page and
waited to see what would appear.
I love the Buddhist principle of Beginner’s Mind. It has given me the freedom to celebrate new
beginnings as gifts that come to me – each new day, each new page, each new breath. Everytime
I notice myself wander off, away from my intentions, I can smile and gently say to myself,
“Begin Again”. For me this applies to my monkey brain during meditation, my on-and-off
efforts at exercise, healthy eating and mindful living, as well as numerous other aspects of my
life. I am letting go of striving for perfection and learning to enjoy my humanity… begin again.