One of the best ways to expand the mind is to read and research from a wide variety of different fields of study. In the West, we are certain that the scientific method is the best and the only one that works. But we cannot ignore the fact that our countries are sick, the planet polluted, and the people are largely addicted to technology.
Our way of thinking and understanding is limited not only to our geographical location but also to our time. If Western science was to mix with Traditional Chinese Medicine and Ayurveda instead of dismissing these two systems, then more progress would be made. In any case, it can be helpful to see and understand different frameworks in order to strengthen our own minds. However, be wary of reading too much information and becoming no more than an abstract thinker without any real-world applications.
Try to get a hold of a small number of different philosophies and viewpoints in order to better understand how things work instead of blindly dismissing them out of the box. Here are some alternative frameworks or philosophies that you can adopt. Take them one at a time.
The primary type of astrology stems from Indian scriptures known as the Vedas. However, astrology has its roots in all ancient cultures such as the Native Americans and Shamanic cultures. Astrology is known as the noble science among spiritualists and the methodology is given great prominence, especially in India. Western and Vedic astrology are two separate fields that place emphasis on different planetary positions. The main purpose of astrology is that you can find your tendencies and understand your personality better for deeper introspection.
Ayurveda is the sister science of astrology and also originated in India. Ayurveda describes three kinds of energy – Vata, Pitta, and Kapha. Each person is one of 11 combinations of these elements and based on this combination recommendations are given with regard to exercise, diet, and meditation. Ayurveda is perfect for explaining the gaps in nutrition knowledge that Western science falls down on.
Hinduism is unique among the religions because it is not as organized or structured as opposed to its contemporaries. There are hundreds of Gods to be worshipped and Hindus get to select a God which confers particular benefits. In this way, Hinduism is actually more open and creative than traditional religions which tend to be a little dogmatic and impose a belief system on you as opposed to letting you choose.
Presentism is the idea that only the present exists and that the past and the future are illusory. This is because time is just an illusion. The opposite of presentism is known as eternalism, where all moments in time are equally real. Presentism has its roots in Buddhism, while modern scientific theory tends to support eternalism to an extent.