Does writing this blog help me practice curiosity? An ongoing question. It does help me notice when I am not practicing and that, in turn, helps in a way. Recently, I was taking care of several errands. I’m not really under a lot of time pressure at the moment, but nonetheless I had my list and was working my way through it without paying any attention to what was going on around me. I noticed this all of a sudden when I got out of the car to go into the supermarket and was suddenly assailed by heat and humidity. I’m sure it was just as hot and humid when I had gotten into the car five minutes before at the chiropractor’s office but I hadn’t noticed. What else was I missing by just checking things off my list?
Exercise: Before you enter a situation—before you open the car door to get out, so to speak—pull yourself briefly back to the present moment and try to imagine what is coming—“I wonder what it will be like, what or who I will see, what kind of experience it will be”—and then step out.