Curiosity has gotten a bad wrap in the past. Did you ever hear the expression, “curiosity killed the cat”? My curiosity got the better of me and I googled where this meaning got its origination. Apparently back in 1598, playwright Ben Jonson coined the phrase in a play he wrote. This expression means that inquisitiveness can lead to dangerous situations. Well, I beg to differ. In a Mindful Self Compassion practice, curiosity plays an essential ingredient. It helps us get a handle on what is arising; it helps us get a perspective on our patterns; it helps us stay interested in the process. So keep bringing curiosity to your practice and see what you discover.
Where is your mind right now? Without judging the findings, chances are you may have been thinking about something in the future or trying to resolve something from the past.
We are hard-wired to scan for problems and threats. Research shows that we spend about 50% of our waking hours in this state of mind called the default mode network.
There is another way though and that is with mindfulness; being present to more moments of your day without judgmentas you live them. Is this a day that you can tip the scales and be present more than 50% of the time to what is happening, as it is happening?? You may be surprised with how wonderful it feels to live more of your moments fully.