“A long time ago I helped a friend give birth. You know that myth of how human babies can’t see when they are born? It’s false. The baby’s head came out and the rest of her took a little bit longer, so for a few minutes just the head was out there in the air and she looked and looked and looked around: whoa. Or maybe: okay. Just taking it all in, absorbing this new world in which part of her had landed. No fear, no excitement, just looking: what’s this?
That mind, taking it all in, no preconceptions, no doors slamming shut—that is don’t know mind. We were born with it. We still have it.
We can learn to trust it.”
— Judy Roitman
Judy Roitman is a retired professor of mathematics, poet and Zen teacher.