I have been enjoying studying the concept as taught by Dr. Wayne Dyer, “Have a mind open to everything and attached to nothing.” I would like to just discuss in today’s post the merit of having a mind open to everything.
I once heard Howard Berg proclaim that the greatest obstacle to learning is skepticism. He encouraged learners to proceed as if everything they were studying were true. If you don’t have an open mind, you prevent yourself from planting seeds that could take root. You’ve got to give the topic a fair chance to incubate and generate.
I have to remind myself of this principle daily as I become entrenched in my way of doing things. My knee-jerk response has been for years to look for the holes in an argument or try to find out why something won’t work, especially when that idea conflicts with personal experience. I was on a conference call today with a software firm who does Amazon analytics and they were trying to sell me on their services. I had to keep telling myself to pretend like what they are saying is true because I felt highly critical. Just the practice of having an open mind was good for me as it led me to ask questions I would not have asked had I already closed my mind. I’ve committed to investigating the tools and services further and I’m going to proceed as if it’s a great solution. When the time comes to make a decision, I will have gathered the facts I need to proceed.
Tomorrow, I’m joining a new group of people for a special retreat. I’ve been looking forward to it for several weeks. In the past, I’ve formed opinions quickly, lately, I’ve been less quick to jump to any conclusions. I find myself enjoying the moment, people and all. Open to everything, closed to nothing at all.