5. Cultivating Curiosity

Journal Questions:

Perhaps give yourself 2 minutes per question. There are no right or wrong answers!

  1. What is your understanding of the connection between curiosity and judgment?

  2. Perhaps think of a moment you felt curious, what did it feel like in your body?

  3. Perhaps think of a moment you felt judgment, what did it feel like in your body?

  4. What are some ways you can cultivate more curiosity today?

Optional Homework:

If you would like to learn more about curiosity, here are some resources you can check out:

  • Read the section called "Building Curiosity and Developing Tolerance for Experiencing Sensation " (p.99) from the book Overcoming Trauma Through Yoga by David Emerson.

Embodied Practice suggestion:

This week, I invite you to continue to practice CULTIVATING CURIOSITY. 

  • Throughout your week, perhaps notice when you make a judgment that seems pretty black and white, either-or. This could be an opportunity to wonder, "is there any grey area here? What might some other possibilities be?"

  • If you notice any pain in your body, perhaps getting curious about it first, (instead of immediately making a judgment or diagnosis of the problem). From there, you might take effective action to get more comfortable. 

  • When difficult emotions arise, is it possible to observe with curiosity what they feel like? Can any percentage of your attention go towards wonder even when things feel overwhelming?

Wishing you moments of wonder and curiosity today!