If we want to train on the highest level, then we want to always have a sense of wonder. When we say “It’s wonderful,” we mean it has a sense of mystery about it. It’s a wonder. You must have a sense of wonder about this moment. If you think you know what it is about, you are probably wrong. You have to find that sense of not knowing. You cannot listen with half of your mind closed off. You have to be one big, open, innocent ear. This is not so much to listen to a particular person exclusively, but to perceive everything that is in this way; to take it all in. This is how we train in the dojo.
Letting Go, Talks on Aikido by Christopher Curtis