TMC Weekly: On Reading and Enlightenment

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When was the last time you read a book, or a substantial magazine article? Do your daily reading habits center around tweets, Facebook updates, or the instructions on your instant oatmeal packet? If you’re one of countless people who don’t make a habit of reading regularly, you might be missing out: reading has a significant number of benefits.

Studies have shown that staying mentally stimulated can slow the progress of (or possibly even prevent) Alzheimer’s and Dementia, since keeping your brain active and engaged prevents it from losing power.

No matter how much stress you have at work, in your personal relationships, or countless other issues faced in daily life, it all just slips away when you lose yourself in a great story. A well-written novel can transport you to other realms, while an engaging article will distract you and keep you in the present moment, letting tensions drain away and allowing you to relax.

Also, good readers make good writers. If you want to be exceptionally good at writing, challenge yourself by reading the kind of books you want to write about.

Don’t just read for information. In school we were taught to read for facts in order to regurgitate information on a test, quiz or in an essay. The tests gauged only our ability to retain facts for a little while, and the essays were often dry, devoid of big ideas of our own. Therefore, read for enlightenment. Reading for enlightenment is more about having one’s mind pricked by an idea in order to stimulate further consideration on the topic. By reading intentionally for enlightenment we can move beyond the boundaries of our own limited experience and benefit from the light that has been revealed to and through others.

Read always and read things that challenge your assumptions about yourself and the world.

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