I met with an old friend recently and asked what he was up to. He reported he likes to watch western rerun movies. I asked is that it? He responded: “I watch a ton of football games on the sports channel.” Wow I thought to myself! He has plenty of money and time and could travel anywhere in the world and learn so many interesting things, but he like so many other couch potatoes have closed shop so to speak and continue with their old ways… not to mention their closed minds. Get a grip grasshopper and let’s get moving and find out how to open our minds.
I recently found this quote: “Open mind, open heart, open tab, open book, open eyes, open to ideas… I could go on forever! Being open to things is one of the best things you can do for yourself. Don’t miss out because you were too busy being closed up and sticking to what feels comfortable. Get out of your comfort zone and be more open. There’s so much good stuff out there, you don’t want to miss out!”—Pinterest.com
I then set out to do some research and find out how we as people can be more open and responsive to life and here is what I found. To understand open mind we shall first look at closed mind. The first definition of closed mind is:Intolerant of the beliefs and opinions of others; stubbornly unreceptive to new ideas. Wow that’s a mouthful in todays rapidly changing world.
Another definition of closed-minded is:having a mind firmly unreceptive to new ideas or arguments: It’s hard to argue with, much less convince, a closed-minded person.
Lets look at open-minded definition:Open to new ideas, listening and understanding other people’s perspective, non judgmental. Willing to consider alternative solutions, to try a new approach. Not bad is straight forward and concise.
Now lets look at zen open mind? Open Mind Zen is a unique form of Zen practice based on long-standing methods such as sitting meditation and koan practice, but also incorporating more modern modalities. We believe that the core of Zen Practice is realization and actualization of Awakened Mind in everyday life.
Zen is a true Science of Mind, a Selfology, in which the student uses his or her own body and mind as the laboratory to engage in the experiment of spirituality. This science includes working with the mind, body and spirit for a complete experience of freedom and awakening.
Be Willing to Change
Change is scary for many of us, but growth and advancement is impossible without it. In order to open your mind and prepare yourself to reach a new level, you will have to accept the changes that will happen at the same time.
Get Ready to Be Proactive
Goal setting is about figuring out where you want to be and going for it. Nothing good will happen if you’re stuck in stagnancy, waiting for change to come to you. Be willing to commit to your goals and do what it takes to see them through.
Practice Open Thinking
Start practicing acceptance of new ideas, listening better to those around you, and giving every possibility an equal chance. If you can avoid writing off any one idea or dream as unrealistic or unachievable, your open thinking will bring about more possibilities.
Face Your Fears
Everyone fears something, and your fears could become one of your biggest obstacles in the goal setting process. Instead of ignoring them in an effort to get around them, take time to face them head-on, get an idea of where they’re coming from and come up with a plan for conquering them so they don’t impede your planning process.
Let Go of Control
This is a big one for many of us, myself included, but in order to truly experience an open mind, we need to give up some control. Once we stop trying to mold the world to fit our outlook, we will experience a powerlessness that can lead us to new insights and ideas.
What do you typically do to open you mind and prepare yourself for setting new goals and intentions for your business and your life?
Research credits: Sitepoint.com
So there you have it. Let’s take some time to open our minds to what’s possible and prepare ourselves to break free from our routines and see what the wind blows in.
QUOTE:“The trouble with having an open mind, of course, is that people will insist on coming along and trying to put things in it.”
― Terry Pratchett, Diggers
THINGS YOU MAY NOT KNOW:Being Open Minded. The most logical thing a person can do is hold doubt toward the facts supporting their own reasoning. Even though you may base your actions on logic, you should also stay open-minded to the possibility of being wrong.
Be open-minded about faith. Be open-minded about culture. Be open-minded about science. Once you do, you’ll realize almost anything is possible.
THINGS YOU MAY WANT TO SAVE:Frozen trapped mind.
ZENTRAVELER SAYS: Open your mind grasshopper… it’s a free ride to Nirvana and a return to the cosmos.
From here to Infinity is a relatively short ride! The next leg takes eons and eons as you fly through the Barycentric Dynamical Time Zone! …and on and on and on.
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