It’s Time for Beginner’s Mind

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

Roshi Shunryu Suzuki

If you haven’t figured it out from previous entries, I am no longer using my beautiful armoire as my container. My container has become something much bigger and bolder as I explore how I can apply The Container Project to everything around me.

Along with the help of the Middle Way, I am going to apply the Zen practice of Beginner’s mind as I view my actions without preconception or judgment. The most important idea here is to take every decision as part of the learning experience, to accept the change and not feel that I failed in any way by going beyond The Container.

The new Container Project Rules:
The nature of container rules will continue to change.
I will slowly incorporate container ideas into my life.
I will fully engage in enquiry, focusing on questions rather than answers.
I will let go of knowing the outcome living one moment at a time.
I have then entire universe as my teacher.
I will immerse myself in my actions.
I must accept change with good nature and without self-criticism.
I will take one step at a time and not look behind or beyond.
I will celebrate what ever happens as part of the learning process.
There is no failure. I will accept my mistakes as part of the experience.
I will let go of being an expert to be more engaged in my innate wisdom and experience.
I will search for the extra-ordinary in the ordinary.
I will create this project in the same spirit that I create my life.

Published by SilkQuilt

Pittsburgh-based fiber artist, Louise Silk, creates art that combines aesthetics and functionality with meaning and memories. From the influence of a 1972 MS Magazine article to the current SILKDENIM label, her quilt experiences culminate in a display of her particular capacity to use her patchwork skills to piece together just about anything into an aesthetic meaningful whole.

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