Dictionary Definition of curiousity: a strong desire to know or learn something
In terms of the process of learning about and living a mindful life, what might this mean for us. When we
think of the word curiosity, it is often linked with cats. Watching kittens especially but mature cats also, they are curious about everything in their environment. It’s like everything is new to them every time they encounter it be that a person, a place, an item of furniture. And they love nothing more than something new being introduced even if that’s a simple item like an empty box or glass.
Now I am not suggesting that we should practice mindfulness by sticking our head into a glass bowl or crawling into a hole just to see what’s there like our feline friends. The suggestion within this attitude is that when we maintain a sense of curiosity, we open doors into new experiences be that simply noticing a tree that has always been there or the fact that a neighbour three doors down has got a lovely smile when I slow down enough to connect to him or her.
Curiosity within the learning environment is a very useful attitude to cultivate. We travel through life with our own pre conceptions and ideas about how the world operates. For many of us, we have a number of years under our belts during which we may have gathered understandings beliefs and values that underpin how we believe, think and act. Any new information or suggestion can challenge or even conflict with those beliefs. Maintaining a sense of curiosity enables us to be able to question ourselves about whether our beliefs and values actually serve us or cause us unnecessary stress and trauma. This is not to say that we necessarily agree but that we are in a position of being prepared to be open to possibilities.
After 4 decades of Meditating on and off, I had no expectations of really gaining anything very much from taking the Mindfulness training. I loved to meditate but never experienced taking the calm and peace into daily life (other than when I was in the process of healing cancer CLICK for more information).
I sat in my stuck belief of knowing for a couple of days before things started to steadily seep into my consciousness. As I opened up my channels of curiosity, I began to feel shifts occurring in my general way of being. Nothing dramatic, no flashing lights or angelic choirs but just a slow steady change that I continue to nurture and benefit from.
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