A lot of this comes from social conditioning and the environment we grow up in.
From the day we are born we are taught by our parents, families, friends, teachers and peer groups to live, act and think in a way that is accepted and ‘normal’.
Our society is made up of rules, regulations and guidelines designed to create structure, safety and order to the world we live in.
There are a lot of benefits from having these guidelines to follow and it ideally results in us all living in harmony with each other.
Sometimes although well meaning, the people that have such a great impact and influence on us also manage to shackle our true magnificent selves resulting in us creating self-imposed limits that stop us from reaching our highest potential.
They can leave us feeling scared to step out of the ‘norm’ and dare to achieve.
I do believe that there is a shift in consciousness that is growing. People are becoming more aware of their own thought patterns and how they affect their life choices.
Many inspiring public figures are making it their life’s passion to get the message out to the masses and help people everywhere to ‘Open Their Mind’ and believe in the infinite possibilities that are available to all.
My own personal journey through life has been at times quite interesting and the older I get the more I realize the extent of my own capabilities.
Thinking about this prompted me to pop together a list of things that I find helpful and are easy to implement in your life no matter who you are.
Open Your Mind With These 7 Easy Tips
1. Stop Judging People
Often we judge people as it can make us uncomfortable about ourselves to see others live in a way that involves breaking rules or pushing boundaries in a way that we ourselves fear to do.
Honestly no one is perfect and as long as they aren’t hurting anyone leave them be! You never know, you just might learn something from their experience that you would otherwise be oblivious to.
2. Check Your Ego
Our ego plays an important role in our lives. Egos can help drive us and require us to take pride in ourselves. If your ego however has grown a little large through over indulgence and is starting to block your view, wrangle that thing back down before it turns into a monster!
Neither you nor anyone else will benefit from your ego parading around like a prize cock. It’s hard to focus on anything that is going on around you when you’re so busy being focused on yourself.
3. Have Quiet Time
It is all too easy to constantly have some form of background noise buzzing away. Right now as I sit and type this article I can hear the neighbours celebrating a child’s birthday, a plane flying overhead and my daughter chatting and giggling away to one of her friends on Skype.
Although I don’t dislike any of these sounds, I am aware that they disrupt my train of thought and I find it harder to concentrate on what I’m doing.
Silence allows your mind to relax, organize and sort through the tremendous amount of information that it takes in at lightning speed every day.
4. Meditation and Yoga
Both meditation and yoga have been practiced for hundreds if not thousands of years and are widely known for the amazing benefits on both the mind and body.
Creating a comfortable relaxed atmosphere, concentrating on your breathing and clearing all that noisy mental traffic calms and soothes body and mind alike. Practicing helps all those little neurons connect and form pathways that help regulate our emotions, increase our attention span and improve mental flexibility.
All of this results in us being more receptive to new ideas. Right on I say!
5. Trust Your Instincts
By the time you’ve reached adulthood, most people know the difference between good and bad. Your brain has fully developed, hopefully, and is able to assess risk and make choices based on the information you have at hand.
The choices you make may at times may not be in alignment with the beliefs of those around you.
If you feel strongly enough about something and you have a gut feeling that you are meant to head in a certain direction – go for it!
We all have an inner compass that is designed purely for us. One that is there to steer us on our own true path. You cannot navigate this path if you solely rely on the thoughts and beliefs of others.
You are your own ultimate guide for what is best for you.
6. Learn Something New
My Nan lived to be 93. One of the greatest things she taught me and something that I have passed on to my daughter is to always keep reading and learning. Whenever I would visit her there would be either a novel or newspaper by her side. As she was hard of hearing she even had subtitles on the TV.
You will never know everything there is to know. You will constantly find new things that challenge what you thought you knew. You will even find out about things that you never even imagined existed.
Learning prepares your mind to be open to new possibilities.
7. Be Positive
It’s extremely hard to move forward in life, challenge yourself and learn when you carry a negative mindset.
Maintaining a positive and happy frame of mind lightens the load and makes it easier to be open to new ideas and possibilities. Staying happy and positive all the time isn’t always easy but it’s worth making the effort.
It’s been proven that just the act of smiling itself has a positive effect on your mind. Try it now, go on smile! It’s fun, free and it feels great! 🙂
Open your mind, eyes and heart to the world and prepare to be astounded and amazed at what you can find both around and inside you that you may have otherwise never even believed to be possible.