Buber once wrote that most men preferred to forget how many possibilities are open to them.
That’s why the great companion of change is curiosity. To practice thinking to ourselves:
I wonder how this transition will shape me. I wonder what hidden benefits might lay beneath this mountain of adversity. I wonder what the opportunity for growth and expansion will be. I wonder how many parts of myself I will lovingly let go of. I wonder what new doors my key of curiosity will open.
Framed in that way, change is less overwhelming and more adventurous. Especially if you convert it into a daily ritual.
One of the practices I learned from my meditation teacher is a system called sleep thinking. It’s a bedtime ritual of surrendering myself to go learning about my own life and what it needs from me.
The way it works is, I repeat a single, silent question to myself as I drift off to dreamland. Ideally, something that interrupts the worry stream with wonder. Something that converts curiosity into controlled inquiry. My personal favorite is:
I wonder what I’m afraid to know about myself.
This question powers down my racing brain, frames my psychic energies in more curious, imaginative ways and catapults me into dreamland within five minutes. Every time. And in the morning, I wake up refreshed, energized and ready to take on the day and listen to what wants to be written.
Proving, that even when our eyes are closed, we can still walk through the world with wide open wonder. And so, during times of great change, each of us needs a place carved out by curiosity. A way to engage in practices that wake us up to wonder.
Because no how much of a beating we have taken, no matter how many rejections and failures and we have endured, curiosity is always standing by, ready to be awakened.
LET ME ASK YA THIS…
Do you look at the sky and wonder at your place in the stars, or do you just look down and worry about your place in the dirt?
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