Curiousity

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When we were as young as this toddler above, curiosity was something we practiced every day.  We were open to learning.  It was exciting to discover.

As adults, we have formed opinions, we have built judgements based on what we think is right and what’s wrong, and we have taken on beliefs that have been passed on to us.  Our thoughts run the gamut of ways that we have used in the past to keep us safe, to remind us how best to act, and, sometimes, they are self critical.  All this thinking keeps us from new possibilities, from new perceptions, and seeing anything creatively.

We have lost the art of curiosity.  We are no longer open to learning.  We are so satiated with all we’ve experienced and seen that we no longer look to discover.

I’m not saying that we have to start over.  The point I want to make is that, maybe, there’s more.  Maybe, if we were open to it, we might discover a better way to do something.  Maybe, if we were more eager to discover, we would come upon something innovative that would make our lives more meaningful.  Surely there must be a better way of being when we realize we’re not as happy with our life anymore.

The world is in a state of flux right now.  A lot of us are questioning why there’s so much more tumult in the world today.  There is a lot of change going on now.

The only way, in my opinion, to get through all this change is to begin questioning.  To begin to be curious about everything that impacts us.  To allow ourselves to not take everything so seriously and to open up to possibilities.

We get the choice to focus on what we want to.  Choose to focus on something that excites you.  Be curious.  Open yourself up to discover more.  Learn more about yourself and what makes you happy.

You’ll be glad you did.  You’ll discover more and be led to more possibilities for your life.  You’ll free yourself from the mindless chatter in your mind, and you will be happier.

More about this later.  In the meantime, I invite you to ask questions and leave comments. Thank you for visiting my blog.

 

 

Reflections

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I’m in the process of making a blog design makeover.  I also want to continue writing about change.  Change is a constant.  From one moment to the next, each moment is different in some way.

When we resist change, thinking, “Oh, no, I don’t want to go there”, you’re perceiving something that scares you.  Think of it this way, say something comes up in your life, like for me now, when I realize I have to make changes on my blog in order to be able to achieve all I want for the blog.  My first reaction is, an emphatic, “No way!”  I’m no techie, I don’t know what I’m doing with all that, I’ll fail miserably.

Well, guess what?  If you want to go forward, there will always be something that scares us to do.  Take the painting above.  I got to an impasse after I painted the woman on top.  How was I going to best express the woman in the water at the bottom of my painting?What did I want to convey?  (I can’t remember, but I think that what scared me was having no idea what I wanted to convey.)

I let the painting sit for awhile…not too long to encourage more fear to come up.  And, if it had, I would’ve jumped right back into the painting and would’ve taken one stroke at a time, each step closer to something that would inspire to continue.  Baby steps, one after another, always lead to BIG changes.

The inspiration for what to do with the reflection of the woman in the water came out of these baby steps.  The idea came from deep inside myself, from feeling like my not knowing what to do was telling me that this reflection was complete as it already was, a line drawing in ink I’d made before.  All that was needed was the transparency of the water to finish the whole painting.

Fear is an indicator that you’re focused on the future.  Once you let those thought dissipate, try to talk to yourself, tell yourself that there’s just right now, and right now you can try something out.  If it doesn’t work, that’s okay.  Now you know what doesn’t work.  In the next moment, try something new.  Something happens that’s amazing if you keep at it.  At one of those moments, an idea comes out of the blue, one that excites and thrills you, and you feel more powerful, more unlimited than you ever have.

This blog is about going from ordinary to extraordinary and there’s no way to get there without risk.  Try it, see it as a choice instead of a challenge.  And then play and have fun with it.  Change will never be the same spooky and intimidating experience ever again.