Not much to report today, but on our dog walk this morning I remembered what I have written elsewhere about wraparound curiosity or being aware of what is going on behind me, too, and consciously checked that several times. It does broaden my experience for a brief time and in a small way. Better than nothing.
Today was a holiday in Austria, and my dog and I went on a relatively long hike (a bit over 12 kms). What was special today was that it is in a part of town we almost never go to, an hour away from home. I also only briefly consulted the map at home and then followed the trail markers, which certainly at the beginning of the trail only showed up when we had to change direction. It was a little like practicing River or existential curiosity. We walked along without trying to control every step of the way, only responding to signposts as they turned up. A little practice, at least.
It was a nice weekend with some real highlights, but it was not low-pressure and work free. For me this means that I have very little to actually report. I just keep trying and keep posting.
I’m not practicing much curiosity at the moment, as I think I have made clear over the last few days. 😉 This morning, though, I did manage—at least for a bit—to intentionally open up, pull myself out of my head, and pay attention to what was happening on our morning walk without judging or thinking too much. At least that is a little bit of success.
I’m glad I’m writing this blog, otherwise I wouldn’t be thinking about curiosity at all. At least I am thinking about it, even if at the moment that isn’t translating into practice. (Too much work.)
This is just a quick check-in as I am working practically around the clock at the moment. I may not be doing active curiosity exercises, but I am relieved and, yes, impressed at how I am not completely closing down in spite of all the pressure. Perhaps there’s something in this practice business??? 😉
True to form I have been emphasizing the practice of curiosity in intellectual and interpersonal arenas. Today I realized I have really neglected the more physical arena, where we DO something different from what we usually do and do this openly and with curiosity.
Today I did something for the first time and practiced curiosity (was open and did not try to influence the outcome overly)–I participated in a photo shoot. One of the organizations I am a member of was looking for volunteers so that they could update the photos on their webpage. I volunteered and spent an hour this morning holding poses and looking where I was told to look and trying to look natural while I did this. People who can do all that well are artists, I’ve concluded.
I don’t know if I’ll be chosen to appear on the website, but at least I got to try out something new and different. Curiosity practice. 🙂