Change your life – Be Curious
I am curious – why are you reading this post? It must have something to do with YOU being curious about how you can change your life with curiosity 🙂
What does curiosity mean?
- The word curious can be defined as an exciting attention, inquiry or eager to learn. This term is also used in some circles to mean arousing interest as a result of strangeness or novelty.
- Curiosity is one of the most important coaching skills, to be curious about everything, to want to know the root of why things are a certain way, a playful way to ask questions.
- In spiritual terms curiosity is a way for the mind to inquire with the spirit of play, instead of controlling the outcome. We are curious and ask questions to the universe, or to our higher self.
Why do we want to be curious?
In Buddhism the term inquiring mind is similar to curiosity. We ask questions to ourselves in a playful way; why am I doing this, why is this bothering me, this is an interesting feeling and so on…. We do not ask the questions to a therapist or teacher, although we could. But if we always ask others we cannot find the answers within ourselves.
We ask ourselves a question and in meditation we wait for the answer. This process is from the heart and not from the mind. We just playfully ask the question and playfully wait for the answer. I know that the answer will come if we are relaxed enough. The process is simple:
- Ask a curious question
- When we are in a relaxed state the answer will come.
We are actually training our mind to be intuitive. Now let's explore the meaning of intuition, according to Wikipedia
Intuition is the ability to acquire knowledge without inference or the use of reason. The word intuition comes from Latin verb intueri which is usually translated as to look inside or to contemplate. Intuition is thus often conceived as a kind of inner perception, sometimes regarded as real understanding from the heart. Cases of intuition are of a great diversity; however processes by which they happen typically remain mostly unknown to the thinker, as opposed to the view of rational thinking. Intuition provides views, understandings, judgments, or beliefs that we cannot in every case verify or intellectually justify. For this reason, it has been not only a subject of study in psychology, but also a topic of interest in various religions and esoteric domains, as well as a common subject of writings. The right brain is popularly associated with intuitive processes such as aesthetic or generally creative abilities. Some scientists have contended that intuition is associated with innovation in scientific discovery.
Now let's be curious; why curiosity can be helpful in our daily lives.
How to ask curious questions
The key is to start with simple questions, that do not have a lot of emotional charge and gradually YOU can move up to more important questions. Now this might sound very simple minded but it’s actually a powerful process that can change YOUR life. I learned it from Sonia Choquette.
The question starts with I wonder what, or I wonder what. I wonder what we get for lunch today, I wonder if it will be sunny today, I wonder if the bus will be on time, I wonder if I get some engagement on my post today, I wonder how I can write my book, I wonder how I can find a good teacher, I wonder who I meet today, I wonder………………..you fill in what you wonder about. Make it a daily practice and have fun with it J
The purpose of this exercise is to strengthen your intuition and help YOU attract the answers to you questions. If YOU force the answers they will not come, if YOU can do it with playfulness and creativity, the right answers will come.
If YOU just do this one thing it will change your life, I guarantee.
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