In mindfulness, it is often encouraged to adopted a state of curiosity. Lets explore what that really means….
‘The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing. One cannot help but be in awe when he contemplates the mysteries of eternity, of life, of the marvelous structure of reality. It is enough if one tries merely to comprehend a little of this mystery every day. Never lose a holy curiosity.’ – Einstien
Curiosity is an important aspect of our continuing learning and developing. When we are interested in something, we use all of our senses, wanting to learn everything that there is to know about that subject, person, or what ever has caught your attention.
In mindfulness, getting curious allows us to turn towards our experience, using all of our senses to really feel and learn everything that there is to know about that precise experience, in mindfulness that present moment experience.
Our mind is constantly asking questions, why is the sky blue, I wonder why i feel that tightness on my left hand side – I wonder what I have done……. it quite often plays the what if game too……
And it is adopting this naturally inquisitive nature to explore whats going on right now. Its also about being kind, non judgemental, just noticing how things are…..“Mindfulness allows the poetry of the moment by moment experience to re-write itself, to gracefully change its theme from one of suffering to one of ease and peace.” Click To Tweet
Adopting this gentle, kind curiosity allows us to move towards experiences rather than avoid them. It allows us to acknowledge what is rather than judge, criticise and condemn.
Focussing on the here and now – acknowledging how we feel right now, what we can see – using all of our senses to conduct that mini investigation, also allows us have moments where we have no thoughts of yesterday or tomorrow.
Authors and mindfulness teachers John Teasdale and Michael Chaskalson (Kulananda, 2011) in a lovely article write,
“Mindfulness allows the poetry of the moment by moment experience to re-write itself, to gracefully change its theme from one of suffering to one of ease and peace.”
Try spending just a few moments now
Get comfortable, feel the chair or floor beneath you, and just see if you can notice how your body feels – is there any part of your body that specifically attracts your attention? if it does – how does it feel? is it uncomfortable? is it warm? how does it feel to you? what could you do right now to ease it? now notice your surroundings, pick a predominent colour and notice how many different shades of that colour can you see in your immediate view? what else can you notice? bring your awareness to your breathing and just notice how that feels – try not to change it… just observe it.. And then bring you attention back to your body and how you can feel it against the chair or floor and release.
After just those couple of moments of kind curiosity – did your mind wander? were you able to feel movements within your body that you don’t normally notice? what about how quiet or noisy your environment is? what stood out for you in those few moments
Its good to stop and just get curious…