A person wisdom begins with knowledge and as such, you must consistently feed the mind. Notice that I said mind and not brain. The reason for this is that feeding your mind doesn't just consist of the knowledge you consume into your brain, it also includes stimulating the mind with ideas and new experiences. It involves communicating and connecting with others on an intellectual level. It requires the desire to understand things and people on a deeper level rather than just a superficial one.
The following are some examples of feeding your mind.
To read is fundamental and it could not be truer than in the case of the pursuit of developing and cultivating wisdom. From books, to articles, to blogs and all types of literature, you should always be reading something. You should even read literature that is not in line with your core principles and values because it will either make you more convicted in your beliefs or give you a new perspective.
You got to talk to people if you want to gain deeper insight and understanding of them. When I say talk to people, I don't mean walking up to your random stranger and striking up a conversation... although I have done that. Start with people you know, your family, your friends and co-workers. Exchange ideas with the intent to understand their point of view so well that you can repeat it back to them with clarity. This will help you develop a sharp wit and intuition about people in general and also help you hone in on what makes a person tick.
Another effective way to develop and cultivate wisdom is to gain insight to how others experience the world and have them learn how you experience it. It doesn't much matter what the experiences are so long as they are real. Although you will find many commonalities, the real gems are in the discovery of how two people can experience the same thing in entirely different ways.
The mind needs constant newness in order to continue growing so you have to go places and see new things if you want to do this. When was the last time you visited a museum - which reminds me I'm overdue on that one myself? Have you seen a Broadway show lately?
Feeding Your Body
Many people think that the body has nothing to do with wisdom. These are the same people who probably live inside their own heads without ever taking the time to come out and play with others. They are completely clueless - seriously, anyone who believes the whole world exists in the mind is on his/her way to the abyss because it is impossible to learn anything new or add any real value to anyone if you never step outside yourself.
Didn't you just know this was going to come up? Well, at the risk of sounding cliché, exercise is an absolute must. The fact is that it is proven that you feel better, have more energy and radiate more positivity when you exercise - not to mention improved sex drive and vitality.
If you are willing to practice in the above areas,
I guarantee you will see significant and profoundly positive results in
your decisions and your actions. You will realize that wisdom is not a
level of degree you acquire but rather it's an on-going journey of growth
and personal development. Others will begin coming to you for advice because
you've exercised such wisdom in your own life.
Quotes for the day:
"I find that when we really love and accept and approve of ourselves
exactly as we are, then everything in life works."
"Acceptance is the act of embracing what life presents to you with
a good attitude."
"Pleasure usually takes the form of me and now; joy is us and always."
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