Let's Be Honest: How Open-Minded Are We?
As consciousness would have it, the article I posted yesterday really got me thinking. (That is why I'm doing this blog after all - to hold myself accountable to practicing consciousness daily and to see how it impacts my life. This is actually working...at least today. ;)) The author likened our opinions to castle walls, built to protect us. It makes a lot of sense that our defensiveness increases when we FEEL uncomfortable or challenged about something that hits close to our hearts or sense of self. I'm sure it's true that we don't feel as passionate when someone challenges, say, the toothpaste brand we use. It's probably safe to say toothpaste doesn't involve our emotions. It's also safe to say it's unlikely someone's going to challenge your toothpaste brand, but you get my point here.
So, I read the article again and thought...so how does one become open-minded? Are we born that way? Can we cultivate it? Am I open-minded? I think I am. But am I really? So, to Google I went.
I came across this article that explained striking a balance between an open and closed mind is key. (Everything in moderation, right?) The author says it's key to be AWARE (hello, consciousness!) of where we stand on this balanced spectrum. If we know we have a strong-held belief, consider exploring where the belief came from. Is it your own opinion or did you inherit it from possibly your parents? Would you still choose that opinion today, or is it one you're holding onto and why? (Some really great questions to ponder!)
I also found some aspects of another article quite interesting too. While the article shares similarities with the two linked above, the author says that we can cultivate open-mindedness and gives some ideas on how you might do that. I also love the quote at the end!
I'm sure this will remain on my mind for a while. I'm going to consider some of my beliefs and ask myself some of the questions above. I'll see where it goes. And for those of you playing along and truly giving this idea consideration in your own lives, enjoy the journey. Let me know your thoughts. Until then...
Be open to what comes.