Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Open mind...

Look up the quote and read the lines. Do you open your mind to those things around you or are you one of those who have a closed mind? I'm an open minded person. I respect other perspective on things. Being open minded doesn't mean that you have to be agreed upon the things you don't like. But being open minded means that you are able to open your mind to observe and see different things going on in this life. It's like stretching your mind to other possibilities that you thought were possible but happened anyway. Personally, I think being an open minded person is good considering that you can practice your mind's flexibility. Knowing how far can you absorb different things to your mind and also your thought. Here's a good article of open mind...being able to practice flexibility and knowing your limit to things.

Mind Stretching

Flexibility is the capacity to bend without breaking, as well as a continual willingness to change or be changed in order to accommodate new circumstances. People with flexible minds are open to shifting their course when necessary or useful; they are not overly attached to things going the way they had planned. This enables them to take advantage of opportunities that a more rigid person would miss out on. It can also make life a lot more fun. When we are flexible, we allow for situations we could not have planned, and so the world continues to surprise and delight us.

Since reality is in a constant state of flux, it doesn't make sense to be rigid or to cling to any one idea of what is happening or what is going to happen. We are more in tune with reality when we are flexible. Being in tune enables us to adjust to the external environment and other people as they change and grow. When we are rigid or stuck in our ways, instead of adjusting to the world around us we hunker down, clinging to a concept of reality rather than reality itself. When we do this, we cut ourselves off from life, and we miss out on valuable opportunities, as well as a lot of joy.

Just as we create flexibility in our bodies by stretching physically, we can create limberness in our minds by stretching mentally. Every day we have the opportunity to exercise our flexibility. We can do this in small ways such as taking a different route home from work or changing our exercise routine. On a larger scale, we can rearrange the furniture or redo a room in our house. If these are things we already do regularly, we can stretch our minds by imagining several different possibilities for how the next year will unfold. As we do this, our minds become more supple and open, and when changes come our way, we are able to accommodate and flow with the new reality. (source from here)

"Everything we shut our eyes to, everything we run away from, everything we deny, denigrate or despise, serves to defeat us in the end. What seems nasty, painful, evil, can become a source of beauty, joy, and strength, if faced with an open mind." Henry Miller -(1891-1980)

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2 comments:

lise meitner said...

i love these picture-quotes! they made my day, thank you :)

boya arsila said...

u're most welcome=)