This phrase was advised by a speaker I heard a few weeks ago in her talk about learning to observe ourselves – our behaviors, our patterns, our self – talk.
“Don’t be judgmental. We tend to criticize ourselves so easily. We get upset that we continue to do what we don’t want to do. Overeat. Gossip. Allow self-doubt, fear, and disappointment to overtake our hearts.
Don’t judge yourself so harshly. Be curious, instead.“
The Spiritual Practice of Being Curious
What a wonderful trait/skill to develop. I would rather respond with curiosity, then with shame and anger any day!
- Being curious allows us to be more objective in viewing our responses in our thinking, doing and feeling.
- Being curious shines the light on patterns and to give name to what we experience.
- Being curious gives us the space to step back to study, to learn and to ask questions.
- Being curious reveals options to our behavior and thoughts we never realized before.
- Being curious gives us hope.
- Being curious invites God to open our hearts to see our true self through God’s creative love.
- Being curious works not only in our spiritual inner work but at all intersections with others and the world.
Need more reasons to cultivate being curious? Here are a few from this article: Curious people report higher levels of life satisfaction, are more creative and are better in remaining calm.
Being curious can be holy.
One cannot help but be in awe when he contemplates the mysteries of eternity, of life, of the marvelous structure of reality. It is enough if one tries merely to comprehend a little of this mystery every day. Never lose a holy curiosity.
I like that term – holy curiosity.
I wonder if God first experience holy curiosity when he decided to create the world out of nothing. “I wonder what would happen if in the next seven days I started with light, then added…”
Are we nurturing a holy curiosity about the Lord as we study God’s Word to know Him better?
Can holy curiosity lead us to love and accept those different from us when we ask questions, get to know them instead of so quickly rushing to judgment and voicing our opinions?
Holy curiosity leads to wisdom.
This practice helps us be more childlike in our wonder as I wrote in this past post from 2010!
Practicing this Practice
I am going to practice being curious more often.
- Less judging, more wondering.
- Less jumping to conclusions and more listening and asking questions.
- Less criticism, and more wonder, awe and beholding the marvel of life.
What do you think about being curious? How would this practice bring you closer to God?