This is a post about exposing ourselves to the foreign.
I hope the image that I chose gives you an idea of what it felt like for me to explore the gorgeous and foreign Beatles Ashram in Rishikesh, India. But anyways, let’s get to it!
What is foreign?
I live in Lebanon, moving to India for 5 months is/was foreign to me. That is one way I am exposing myself to something different. You may eat cereal everyday, skipping breakfast all together for a few days could be foreign to you. Exposing yourself to contrast could simply be watching a genre of movies that could make you feel slightly weird. There really are no rules, except one.
THE ONLY RULE
SWITCH THINGS UP.
Why do I need to switch things up you may be thinking?
There are things in life that we will never understand until we experience. So, as I expose myself to newness, or novelty or the foreign, I can learn to have a taste of what is different from me. We can then develop new opinions and ideas; we might even change our lives. It is a way to gently create better relationships with the world around us. We become compassionate to differences.
Best case scenario for you? You learn something that will make your life significantly better!
What is the challenge?
Many things are easier said than done. You know that, I know that!
We create comfort in order to shield ourselves from the high stimulation of the world around us. I mean that’s why we create those comforts in the first place. The challenge usually with opening ourselves up to foreign experiences, emotions, opinions, or people is that we are afraid of change on a subconscious level. It becomes easy to feel insecure when we are not in our comfort zones. Which is why mindset is the most important thing here.
Have a safe zone, explore it and make it your own. Nevertheless outside of that safe zone let there be experiences that you can learn from, things you can pick up; and places to grow.
Here’s s secret just for you
Choose curiosity over fear every day, every moment and plunge right in. We are not meant to survive life; we are meant to explore it deeply and intensely. Every decision counts, and as the incredibly funny JP Sears says:
AMUSE THYSELF !