Why We Need To Have Strong Believes And Keep Our Mind Open

open-mindby Edith Boyer-Telmer

Dear Friends,
many of you, who are reading my posts on regular base, know me as a person of strong believes and full of faith for the unfolding of the Golden Age of Aquarius. Born in the star sign Aquarius, I am used to receiving visions that are reaching far out in “time”; and born as the Mayan sign E or EB – The Road, I am supposed to understand the design of the path that collectively gets us there. So most of the time my inner clarity combined with my personality, lead me to strong opinions and a feeling of personal stability.
Now that it a really good place to be in life and it feels perfectly harmonic to live the life I created for myself; and it is a dangerous place for any human being to stay and get lazy in relying on opinions and values build long ago. And this is where open-mindedness is coming into the game. The more we are “oh so sure” in our own world, the more we need people from other countries, religions, ethical backgrounds and opposite life path’s to keep us wide and receptive. And this is a crucial trait to let our mind sour.

The ability for open-mindedness is defined as a continuing receptiveness to new ideas and controversial perspectives. It is closely relate to our ability to express emotional intelligence in our exchanges with others. People who live open-mind in everyday life, will rather show a tendency to be interested and respectful to believes very unfamiliar to themselves. They will maybe even express their gratitude for the possibility to be changed by the views and different knowledge the other shared.

For the spiritual seeker it might even go as far as an openness to allow each of this challenging new thoughts, to rattle our life and enrich our ability to embrace humanity in its endless extensions. After all we can create from every encounter in our life, a new sacred geometry of higher understanding in our energy body. That is not always a comfortable process, but than we need to remember that “life begins at the end of our comfort zone”!!

So lets see what wise men over the ages had to say about the advantages of living life with an open mind:
“Those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.”
George Bernard Shawc“Always be respectful and open-minded when listening to another man’s beliefs. What you reject today could be your mantra tomorrow. Man’s evolution is all about transformations. An unexpected experience you have one day can change you forever.”
Suzy Kassem

“The thing is, it’s very dangerous to have a fixed idea. A person with a fixed idea will always find some way of convincing himself in the end that he is right”
Atle Selberg

“If someone is able to show me that what I think or do is not right, I will happily change, for I seek the truth, by which no one was ever truly harmed. It is the person who continues in his self-deception and ignorance who is harmed.”
Marcus Aurelius

“The measure of intelligence is the ability to change.”
Albert Einstein

“Begin challenging your own assumptions. Your assumptions are your windows on the world. Scrub them off every once in awhile, or the light won’t come in.”
Alan Alda

“A mind is like a parachute. It doesn’t work if it is not open.”
Frank Zappa

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness.”
Mark Twain

“It is never too late to give up your prejudices”
Henry David Thoreau

“The only way to change someone’s mind is to connect with them from the heart.”
Rasheed OgunlaruaDear Ones, I hope you feel inspired right now to challenge yourself to as many mind altering experiences and encounter, as you possibly can allow without loosing your stability in life. Go step by step, be kind to yourself – there are days where we can handle big steps and others for small simple adjustments. Allow me to end this article with a quote from John Maynard Keynes “When my information changes, I alter my conclusions. What do you do, sir?”
Open minded blessings!
Edith

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Study Says: Being Exposed To Buddhist Concepts Reduce Prejudice And Increase Prosocial Behavior

lindsay-brown-buddhist-monks-at-meditation-under-treeDear Friends,
please enjoy this beautiful article about the benefits of being exposed to Buddhist concepts. At the heart of the study they found Buddhism can lead for all people who engage in it, to better social connections and less judgement. A mindset with more kindness, a trait this world surely needs.
Happy studies and cultural discoveries!
Edith

Researchers from Belgium and Taiwan have found that being exposed to Buddhist concepts can undermine prejudice towards others and lead to increased prosocial behavioral intentions.
Buddhism contains a variety of teachings and practices – such as meditation – intended to help individuals develop a more open-minded and compassionate personality. Unlike the three dominant monotheistic religions, it does not draw a sharp line between believers and unbelievers.
In three separate experiments of 355 individuals, the researchers found that being exposed to words related to Buddhism could “automatically activate prosociality and tolerance, in particular among people with socio-cognitive open-mindedness.”
The study adds to a growing body of research about priming, a phenomenon in which merely being exposed to certain words or concepts changes the way people think or behave. It was published in the April issue of the Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin.
imagesWhen Westerners familiar with Buddhism read religious words like “Dharma” and “Nirvana” – which they were exposed to under the guise of completing a word puzzle – they reported lower negative attitudes toward outgroups compared to participants exposed to positive non-religious words like “freedom.”
Westerners with a Christian background also became more tolerant after being exposed to Buddhist concepts, though only among those with a predisposition for valuing the welfare of all people and an aversion towards authoritarianism. Implicit association tests showed that these participants were less prejudiced against African people and Muslims than participants exposed to Christian concepts or neutral concepts.
Westerners with a Christian background also scored higher on measures of prosociality after being exposed to Buddhist concepts. Surprisingly, participants did not score higher on measures of prosociality after being exposed to Christian concepts.
The effect of being exposed to Buddhist concepts was not restricted to cultures in which the religion was seen as particularly exotic, the researchers said. Being exposed to Buddhist concepts also fostered increased tolerance and prosociality, compared with neutral and Christian concepts, among participants living in Taiwan.

download“To conclude, we think that this work provides, for the first time, experimental evidence in favor of the idea that in both the East and the West, across people from both Christian and Eastern Asian religious traditions, Buddhist concepts automatically activate positive social behavioral outcomes, that is, prosociality and low prejudice, in particular among people with personal dispositions of socio-cognitive openness,” the researchers wrote.
“Unlike Christian and other monotheistic religious systems that paradoxically seem to encourage not only prosociality but also prejudice, Buddhist ideas favor both prosociality and outgroup tolerance, and these ideals seem particularly efficient (in leading to action) for people with relevant personality dispositions.”
“Emotional (compassion) and cognitive (tolerance of contradictions) mechanisms explain, to some extent, how Buddhist concepts, across cultural and religious contexts, enhance prosocial and tolerant attitudes and behavioral tendencies. Religious and cultural characteristics ‘travel’ and influence people’s attitudes and behavior in a globalized world even at the implicit level of consciousness,” the researchers concluded.

Source: http://www.simplecapacity.com/2015/07/study-says-being-exposed-to-buddhist-concepts-reduce-prejudice-and-increase-prosocial-behavior/