How to Get a Piece of Peace in Your Life

Friday, October 21, 2005

Remaining Open

It's easy for us to resist new thoughts, unknown customs, or different ideas. Our brains actually send an alert to us when something is foreign to our neural patterns. It is part of our survival instincts to keep us aware of our surroundings. The longer we are alive, the longer our neural patterns are connecting and strengthening, making it more and more difficult to be naturally adventurous and curious the way we were as infants.

When we realize that there is no imminent danger to new concepts, we can let go of that alert and remain open in our minds. This does not require that we adopt, condone, or support what we are encountering. All we need to do is take the new information in.

Let new things come to you with no initial resistance. Opinions will always form, regardless. Take some time to hear, watch, or feel what is happening, without fear or judgment. You might be surprised what you learn, and what you try out.