Updated: Jan 5, 2020
It's when a small flower bud decides to open up, face the sun, and show it's beautiful colors. That's when you see the magic of a flower in full bloom.
Why is blossoming important?
If you think about it, blossoming flowers take in more - more sunshine, more rain, more appreciation, more love. When our flower buds are kept so tightly closed, its hard for us to give them the appreciation they deserve.
Our ability to be open allows us to experience happiness, accept help, appreciate change, experience new things, and build new friendships. For some of us, it's difficult to be open - being open means putting yourself out there, being vulnerable and trusting that you will be accepted. But when we take that leap, we realize that we can connect with others more deeply, step outside of our comfort zones, and allow ourselves to fully experience our emotions.
Practice these 5 methods below and you will surely see your flowers blossom!
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Being more honest with yourself and the people around you is an effective way of sharing more and being vulnerable with others.
Listen without judgement.
When we allow others to be open with us without the fear of judgement, they typically show us the same respect.
Try new things.
Even if an activity is out of your comfort zone, give it a try! Trying new things leads you to new people, new hobbies, and new experienced emotions.
Be receptive to other perspectives.
Even just the act of trying to understand and see another person's point of view is a helpful exercise in becoming more open. It helps us work on the big E, empathy.
Try to speak beyond, "I don't know."
If someone asks you how you feel, try to go beyond "I don't know". That often means "I don't want to think about this anymore." Before you say "I don't know" - take a minute to think about how you actually feel. Try your absolute hardest to explain your feelings even if you don't necessarily understand them.