Why are we curious and why does it matter?
Isn't it interesting that, as we get older, we start to ask many of the same questions we pestered our parents with when we were kids. Not quite 'Why is the sky blue?' but close.
Curiosity keeps us young.
A wise and much-loved spiritual teacher one said to me, 'You're very curious. One day that might turn into insight.'
That was a few years ago. Since then, I've come to understand what she meant.
We wouldn't be yogis if we weren't curious. About the connection between our bodies and minds. About whether we can connect to something universal. About what happens when we put our foot just here and our arm right there.
We definitely wouldn't be writers if we weren't curious. About everything.
But curiosity can become a form of empty acquisition. The trick is to stop and reflect on what you've acquired. That's when you can alchemise curiosity into insight and use it in your yoga practice and writing.
Five ways I cultivate curiosity
If a street looks interesting, I walk down it.
If a person looks like they know something I don't, I talk to them.
If an asana looks intriguing, I try it.
If a book looks useful, I'll read it.
If a chocolate bar has a ridiculous name, I'll eat it.
Four ways I open up to insight
I write down my experiences so I can make sense of them later.
I meditate on the fruits of my curiosity, trying not to prejudge.
I share what I've observed with other people who are wiser than me.
I write up my insights in case they come in useful.
(I've never thought about the difference between writing down and writing up before.)
It could work for you. What have you got to lose?
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