I have always thought it essential to keep in tune with the beginner’s mind experienced by our pupils. This is not straightforward. Although I can claim to know what they are going through, I can’t truly feel it. I need another field in which to experience not being in control of the speed of things or being unable to see the underlying structure of the subject. A reminder of the unrest that such feelings can cause is not readily available to me on an instrument I have played for 35 years.
So, I have decided to try to learn to speak Polish. I know nothing of Slavic languages and so the beginner’s mind element should be present. It may also prove helpful one day as well as being an enjoyable challenge.