“In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities, but in the expert’s there are few.”
One of the unfortunate, fear based attitudes, that arises in groups of students who have studied for a bit of time, is one of “I all ready know” which immediately collapses the great potential for new discovery and makes learning impossible. It is a retreat into a self-protectiveness that they brought into class in the very beginning, which they may have put aside for a time, but as the work becomes increasingly demanding, they retreat into once again like an ostrich putting its head into the sand. The other part of the underpinnings here is the need to look good to their classmates and to the beginning students, which translates into a casual approach to the work and a subtle arrogance which says, “I am above, I am better than…” Like a virus, this attitude can quickly infect the community and powerfully undermine the work.
One of the things I communicate to my students, in many ways and from many angles, is that you must care more than anyone in the room. This begins as a practice in the classroom, in your rehearsals and then must extend outwards into the classroom of life. It begins... with beginners mind."