初心(shoshin): a beginner's heart
It is important to live life with Shoshin- a beginner's mind- because then you can allow yourself to make mistakes. Living your life thinking that you will be good at everything first-try is not a good way to live, because the truth is nobody is good at something they've never practiced-- if you don't have a beginner's mind, you will feel like you've failed whenever you encounter a task or a skill that you've never experienced before. Therefore, having the knowledge that you can make mistakes, and you can learn, is integral to living a life without the fear of failure.
The whole idea of shoshin is something that I have always tried to practice in my life. The whole idea of a beginner’s mind, I think, is important to progress. When we go into a classroom or a tearoom we should always go as if we are a beginner. As a beginner you know nothing and can learn anything, which is why this mindset is so important. If you think to yourself “I already know how to do this” or “you don’t know more than me I’m not a beginner” at this point you have stopped learning. Its crucial to understand that you may not know and seek a better version of yourself in practice. This is also important from the perspective of a teacher who has studied and knows a lot more than their students; if you have shoshin you can better aid the beginner in the process of learning. All in all, I think this statement means that we should search for knowledge like a beginner in order to understand as much as possible without our arrogance of ignorance getting in the way. Just learn what you can.
Tea students in the Urasenke Urbana-Champaign association