I’m Curious…Are You Curious?
Are you an eternal learner?
I definitely am. I get a bit of a high when something strikes my interest and I dive in to learning all about it. There’s something about that curiosity and wonder that brings me back to the way I felt when I was a kid playing a game that I’ve never played before or exploring new places that I’ve never been before.
Growing up we had a family cottage that we went to nearly every weekend in the summer. Once my sister was old enough, my dad would let her take me and my other sister in the 3 horse power motor boat (we had a need for speed, haha) to a little island that was pretty much a stones throw away to explore and wander around.
This may sound totally mediocre to you, but honestly I STILL remember the feeling I had of total excitement and willingness. I had no preconceived ideas of what would be waiting for me on that island….but I knew that I was feeling adventurous and independent and that I was open to receiving all that it had to offer.
There’s a name for that feeling of awe…it’s “beginners mind.”
“A child’s world is fresh and new and beautiful, full of wonder and excitement. It is our misfortune that for most of us that clear-eyed vision, that true instinct for what is beautiful and awe-inspiring, is dimmed and even lost before we reach adulthood. If I had influence with the good fairy who is supposed to preside over all children, I should ask that her gift to each child in the world be a sense of wonder so indestructible that it would last throughout life.” – Rachel Carson
I think too often we get stuck in the routine that we forget to be open to scenarios and situations that may present themselves to us. Actually, we pretty much avoid it like the plague because then our precious “schedules” would be thrown off. I’m aware that there is definite benefits to having a schedule to help the day flow with ease BUT I also know that life can get a little stagnant when we are too resistant and block the moments that may leave us feeling that sense of childlike wonder.
Doing the same thing day in and day out with very little push to throw ourselves in to the unknown may be comfortable for awhile, but it inevitably will end with us feeling stifled.
John O’Donahue writes, “We are so busy managing our lives, we forget this great mystery we are involved in.”
So how can beginners mind help you in real life situations without it meaning you need to quit your job to fly to the Galapagos Islands to become a scuba instructor? Leo Babauta sums it up beautifully in his article, “Approaching Life with Beginners Mind” seen below, full article found here.
A fantastic series to watch is by Tara Brach called, “Entering the Mystery”. She talks about how to rest in our “don’t know mind”. She looks at the ways we pull away from the mystery and the path of “beginners mind” that enables us to encounter this living world with freshness, courage and wonder. I highly recommend checking it out…she has this way about her that ALWAYS gets me thinking. She uses a mix of humor and wisdom to create her talks that flows together in a really compelling way. You can find it here.
So here’s my advice to you if you are feeling like you are lacking that childlike curiosity in your life…..learn something new!! Whether it’s through reading a book, taking a course, going on a hike somewhere you’ve never been or even paying closer attention to how your senses light up when you eat your favorite wood fired pizza.
The feeling of wonder is never far away, you just have to be willing to let go and let your inner child take over.
Oils for That – Lime (Oil of Zest for Life), Clary Sage (Oil of Clarity and Vision), Cilantro (Oil of Releasing Control)