5. Optimize Mental stimulation & creativity
“I believe we're creators. And I believe we create with every thought. And every word. Every moment is pregnant with the next moment of your life.” – Jim Carrey
“Cogito ergo sum” roughly translates to “I think, therefore I am.” If the body is the vehicle for our consciousness, the brain is our doorway to the universe. To me, intelligence does not require a specific curriculum. In the school of life, an education is free if you’re paying attention. I believe that there is something to learn from every single experience. Nonetheless, I feel that any way we choose to stimulate curiosity is going to challenge the brain into creating answers so that we may learn and unlearn as we venture through the depths of our beliefs in what we call truth.
There is so much we do not know. There are so many questions I have not asked myself. There are far too many answers out there for all of them to be true. This always leads me back to the beginning. To the mind that does not know. The mind that questions the flaws in my perception of what is and isn’t genuine. The mind that is ready to learn. The beginner’s mind.
Whatever we imagine is what we can create. Whatever we question is what we can answer. Whatever we learn is what we can unlearn. I used to be all about objective knowledge. Our subjective presence is always in the way of this. Understanding that the brain has named itself while also naming every other fragment of reality was an epiphany that led me into peace with the idea that we all have great knowledge within us; and that living this life is the only way we will ever learn, do, and teach all that we will ever understand in this world.