You Gain A Lot By Opening The Door To Your Mind
“I would rather have a mind opened by wonder than closed by belief.” — Gerry Spence
Close-mindedness stifles growth. I’ve met people in my life who lived inside their perfectly ordered boxes and refused to keep an open mind about various things. In a world full of endless possibilities and infinite potential, open-mindedness is key to an ever-expanding consciousness. Consider the following quote by Buddha: “Let yourself be open and life will be easier. A spoon of salt in a glass of water makes the water undrinkable. A spoon of salt in a lake is almost unnoticed.” I understand it is not always easy to be open-minded. We grow up learning certain beliefs and associate with like-minded people most of our lives. So when someone presents us with a different viewpoint or perspective than ours, it can sometimes be difficult to accept or at the very least, be open to thinking about it. How about you? Do you consider yourself to be open-minded on most issues?
You gain a lot by opening the door to your mind. I know people who used to be rigid in their thoughts and beliefs. Throughout the years they loosened up, let go, and have become more open-minded. They carry less stress now and more peace and contentment. Being close-minded can cause you to miss out on growth and benefits. For example, if you have a strong opinion about those in same-sex relationships and believe they are not worthy of love or acceptance, you are missing out on an opportunity to know wonderful people. The pre-judgment is close-mindedness and can cause pain to you and others.
Expand Your Mind
“It is never too late to give up your prejudices” ― Henry David Thoreau
Expanding your mind and becoming more open-minded offers you a road to new ideas and beliefs. Though it is easier to stay inside comfortable boxes, climbing out gives us wide eyes to see the beauty and creative wonders of the world and spirit. Do you want to be rigid and close-minded or expand your mind? See new things? Try new roads?
Benefits of Open Mindedness:
1. You Experience a Good Kind of Losing Control:
Sometimes being in control is rewarding, but not when it causes you stress. Let go of your thoughts and rigid beliefs. Experience new thoughts and ideas through your excited open mind. Trust me, it can be liberating.
2. Change Your Worldview:
Why do we keep the same worldview throughout our whole life? As we grow and experience new things, meet new people, learn new things, our worldview should expand. Although we don’t have to change our beliefs if we don’t want to, it is liberating to feel like we can if we want.
3. Being Open To New Possibilities:
Being open-minded makes us feel vulnerable because we admit we don’t know “everything” but this is a good thing. Too many people think they know it all (and they clearly don’t). I find it refreshing and exciting that I don’t know everything and I am open to new possibilities all the time.
4. You Gain More Confidence:
If you keep an open mind, you experience more confidence. You understand that varying beliefs are fine and you don’t always have to be right or know it all. Hear something that sounds foolish? A confident person might ponder it for a while, but someone who is not confident might start arguing his point right away.
Being open-minded is like choosing to live in a glass house over one with no windows. You see different people approach your glass house with all sorts of different beliefs and values and freely observe them, but still have the choice of opening the door or not. On the other hand, if you live in a house with no windows, you couldn’t care less about seeing people approach your house because you don’t want company. I’d like you to take out a sheet of paper or write in your journal or smartphone, areas of your life where you could be more open-minded? What is stopping you? Is it fear, ignorance or preferring to stay in your comfort zone? Analyse why you feel this way and try to get a sense of your motives. There are plenty of advantages for being open-minded. It is my hope you will take this into consideration as you think about how open-minded you are.