“Until the mind is open,— Byron Katie
the heart stays closed.
The open mind
is the key to the open heart.”
“Open-minded people— Dalai Lama
tend to be interested in Buddhism
because Buddha urged people
to investigate things –
he didn’t just command them
“An open mind is not an end in itself— Peter Kreeft
but a means to the end of finding truth.”
Today’s MotD encourages us to embrace the state of open-mindedness. When closed, it keeps us from knowing the truth about any given person or situation. Yes, it’s challenging especially when we harbor strong beliefs (which btw…are just strong opinions not necessary based on facts.) This requires us to accept the fact that we may not be as open-minded as we think.
Our challenge becomes being able to ask ourselves: am I open to changing my mind? Our minds change with the presentation of new evidence to the contrary of what we formerly believed to be true. While we can talk about this as it relates to other people or issues in society, how about as it relates to us internally…our beliefs about ourselves.
From Unconventionalroute.com they offer some exercises to help us open our minds in general. For our internal beliefs, Byron Katies “The Work”: Four Liberating Questions offers a simple open-minded approach for getting at our truth.
“A mind is like a parachute.— Frank Zappa
It doesn’t work if it isn’t open.”
The Mandala Lady
btw…started with this and a shimmer view: