Every Moment is New
There are hundreds of different types of meditation and can vary in direction, but the end goal is the same—to allow the mind to experience its own freedom.
I'd now like to lead you through a guided meditation for anxiety that will open you up to what Zen Buddhists call the Beginner's Mind.
In reality, every moment is new.
Every moment is happening for the first time.
This is an awakened state that Zen Buddhists take to become filled with childlike wonder.
This meditation can help you let go of all your expectations about what a meditation practice might be. It can also help you let go of expectations in your daily life.
A Special Guided Meditation — Every Moment is New
- Get into a comfortable position, with a straight spine. This helps you to be more aware and alert in the present moment. Your eyes can be open for this meditation.
- Now, take a moment to ask yourself, "what if this was my first moment being alive?"
- Take a minute to look at your environment, as if you were seeing it for the first time. Notice the shapes, colors, light, textures—what if you'd never seen or experienced any of this ever before?
- Take a minute to notice the sensations in your body, as if this was the first time ever experiencing what it's like to be in your body.
- Be mindful of how your body feels in this moment. Learn to pay attention to your inhales and exhales. Can you feel energy flowing throughout your body?
- Be open to all that you are experiencing in this moment, as if you were experiencing it all for the very first time.
- Playfulness, wonder, curiosity, and lightness of being—these are all qualities that you'll tap into when you practice seeing things with the Beginner's Mind.