You know that feeling when you get ready to take a class from your favorite instructor, and instead you find out at the last minute it’s a substitute? Yes, it is disappointing and trust me, I’ve been there. But how many of you actually turn around and walk away? Maybe you have a valid reason, the only reason being – you’ve taken classes from the substitute before and you know it doesn’t fit your style. However, if you have never tried taking a class from that substitute before, why not give him or her a chance?
Or here’s another scenario: You’ve worked really hard on something new, like a project at work, a new class format, or maybe just a new recipe, and then you share it with your colleague, your students, or your family, and the response you get is more negative than positive. Do you tend to react defensively when that happens? Or maybe you shut down and withdraw? Although the response you received was not what you hoped for, do you allow others to give you constructive feedback, even if that means you need to put in extra work or start over from square one?
When faced with unexpected outcomes such as the examples above, take a moment to bring awareness to your own tendencies, and then try to have an open mind. Take that class from the substitute instructor, or honestly listen to the constructive feedback from your peers. Can we perhaps be open to receiving a whole new experience that might, just might, pleasantly surprise us?
It’s essential to keep an open mind, and to be willing – better yet, eager – to try new things.
– Michael Abrash
You have a choice every moment of the day to open yourself up. And when you do that, it opens the channels of love.
– Laura Belman
Yoga is about clearing away whatever is in us that prevents our living in the most full and whole way. With yoga, we come aware of how and where we are restricted – in body, mind, and heart – and how gradually to open and release these blockages. As these blockages are cleared, our energy is freed. We start to feel more harmonious, more at one with ourselves. Our lives begin to flow – or we begin to flow more in our lives.
– Cybele Tomlinson
The most complete and true happiness comes in moments when you feel right there, completely present, with no ideas about good and bad, right and wrong – just a sense of open heart and open mind.
– Pema Chodon
The world is full of people who have never, since childhood, met an open doorway with an open mind.
– E.B. White
Flexibility requires an open mind and a welcoming of new alternatives.
– Deborah Day
You don’t have to say anything. You don’t have to teach anything. You just have to be who you are: a bright flame shining in the darkness of despair, a shining example of a person able to cross bridges by opening your heart and mind.
– Tsoknyi Rinpoche