The mindset of beginning again is at the core of the meditation practice. It is a way of thinking that I would like to transpose to the other aspects of life. It is a gentler and kinder way to live each day.
Often times we berate ourselves when things don’t go as planned. We feel as if we’ve lost the battle, as if we failed again. The notion of failing again is what gnaws within- “Haven’t I learned my lesson?” Or worse “How can I be so stupid?”
But actually the mistake is an invitation to begin again. It is a call to reflect briefly on what happened so one can start anew, armed with experience and wisdom to do things a bit better, a bit differently. It is a chance to keep trying, to keep striving because ultimately that is the best we can do.