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I have an art degree from Rhode Island school of Design. My visual arts background has expanded into the healing and transformational arts. I am a life/spiritual coach and wellness consultant. I have walked the shaman's path. I practice and teach Eastern and Energy Medicine, Shiatsu, Massage and Yoga. It is my experience that the power of touch and movement can access ones heart, soul, inner truth, unique expression and creativity which is a vehicle to living a joyful and fulfilling life. My blog will include my poetry, photographs, art, insights, experiences and suggestions for living a life that you love! If you are new to this site, please review my older submissions as well as the new ones for they all contain information and concepts that I wish to share and keep alive.

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Are You Open-Minded?

Assemblage by Joshua Waffleman
Are you open-minded? Open-minded is a state of being, were you show no prejudice or bias towards people, events and things that are different from the norm. You have the ability to be flexible and tolerant. To discover your state of open-mindedness, or to begin to become more open-minded, you must first honestly observe yourself and your reactions to different situations:

1. Observe your mind and your mental reactions.
2. Next check in and observe your emotional responses.
3. Lastly check in with your opinions and reactions based on learned beliefs, religious viewpoints or spiritual values.

The goal of this process is to begin to notice your unique way of observing and translating your world as you see it. You cannot transform your mind if you do not see how it processes first. There is no right or wrong way of being and thinking. Know that there are many different representations of life depending on circumstances, genetics, education, religion and personality type. Once you have the knowledge of were you personally fit in this equation you have the ability to open up your mind.

The universe is a transparent net, very much like a web. Our minds can wrap around this concept easier now, then our ancestors could, due to the technology of the Internet web that connects us all in an instant. The universe has worked this way since the beginning of time. When you send out an affirmation or prayer with purity of heart and mind it flows on the universal web.

We not only can send but we can also receive information if we are open to it. This is the way I get the information for my blogs. I come up with a concept. Then I say a prayer or meditate on the content. The basic prayer for me is “God help me be of service to myself and others for the higher good and send me information to share. Then I sit down and write. The information flows and is channeled from a higher source. Of course my personal beliefs, experience and knowledge influences how I translate this information.

Yogic and Eastern philosophy believes that both our brain and spine function as an antenna for the mind /consciousness. It works similar to email. Send out your thoughts and then be open to receiving. Watch if different concepts and modes of thinking are coming to you. Expand your viewpoint to include new ideas and you have the opportunity to create a new way of thinking. See the possibilities in juxtaposing diverse thoughts or actions.

You can practice being open-minded by shifting your patterns in life. Try something new. Change the sequence of your day. Eat something your never tasted, Participate in a different activity. Read a book or magazine that you never considered reading before, check out a religious practice or ceremony different then your own. You may be surprised as not only your mind but also your heart expands as you become more open-minded.