Curiosity can be practiced. Some say it cannot be taught or learned. I think it can be.
When we are born, we are very curious. We want to try new things. We were not afraid to fail. We tried things after things, we learned from our mistakes. And perfected the craft of walking for example.
Now, I think it is not that we are not curious, it is marred by our fear of failure and ridicule.
We are even afraid to ask a simple question when having a conversation out of the fear of coming across as stupid.
How to Practice Curiosity?
Learn to be present
Live in the moment. Be curious about the now. Become mindful. When you become more and more mindful you start to notice the details. And these details lead to more curiosity.
What are the sounds that are coming into your awareness? What do you smell? What are the sensations in your body? How are you holding yourself? Just notice. You don’t have to answer these things, watch what comes up in your mind.
Watch your thoughts.
When talking to someone, be curious about your judgements about the person. Is there something that is irritating you about this person? […]