Be curious. Be engaged. Be the change in your world and you will be happy!
“Joy is precisely what’s occurring, less our view of it,” Zen instructor Charlotte Joko Beck stated.
Are you living life as it is, or are you living life via your thoughts? Our ideas have power, and they might seem to be true. They are often founded on prior experiences that have been nurtured by a desire to protect or defend. What if, instead, we let our prior experiences guide us rather than control us? Curiosity makes it possible.
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Curiosity helps us to be present, in the now, and observe what is going on around us. Curiosity allows us to interact with our experience without resistance, without being distracted by our own ideas and tales (commentary) about what’s going on.
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I taught in a leadership school that we have a tendency to collapse what occurred in our life with our tale about what happened. Our sorrow happens as a result of that breakdown. We have what occurred and our tale about what happened when we separate the two. We now have the freedom to choose whether or not we want to share our account about what occurred. We will continue to feed and propagate it with our valuable mental energy if we maintain it, enabling it to develop and become our way of life. On the other hand, telling our side of the story about what occurred frees us. When we are left with what occurred and no tale to tell about it, it is far simpler for us to confront, feel, process, and recover.
You’ll eventually understand that a single notion has shaped your whole existence on the globe for a long time and decide to let it go. As a result, you should make it happen as quickly as possible.
“The perpetual question mark,” as Dr. Ernest Holmes was called, was a popular nickname. Everything piqued his interest. Curiosity is about appreciating the present moment and noticing what already exists. Our curiosity allows us to rediscover a natural inquisitiveness, much as we did as youngsters, when we pay close attention.
Back to what “Joy is precisely what’s occurring, less our view of it,” Zen instructor Charlotte Joko Beck stated. We were each birthed into existence on the planet at this time for a purpose. The more we can release our stories and be present in the now, the quicker we become who we came here to be. The world needs us to be all we came here to be. So be curiously engaged; get in the game of what’s happening right now in your immediate surroundings. Your time as a spectator is over.
Observe, inquire, ponder, and repeat. You will experience the exquisite liberty of experiencing life in the moment, when everything is possible, as you intentionally participate in the discipline of being inquisitive. From your toes, spontaneous bliss will explode and rise up. The finest present is the freedom to chose. It’s all about the practice after you’ve decided to be interested, until your curiosity becomes permanent. That is correct.
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