Sho shin 初心 (beginners mind)

Sho shin 初心 (beginners mind)

Shoshin (初心) basically means “beginner’s mind.”

Sho 初- first time or beginning

Shin 心- heart, mind, or spirit.

Shoshin is about maintaining a mindset of openness and eagerness without

preconceptions when studying a subject, even at an advanced level.

You must try and be in this beginner’s mind.

It is important to enter each practice session with this feeling so that each movement, each technique, each moment, can open itself up to all possibilities.

*Bonus- Shodan uses the same first kanji as Sho Shin.