Welcome to Episode 09! In this episode, I talk about Curiosity, which is the 4th key to opening the gate of courage.
As a recap, I gave you four keys to opening the gate of courage and they are Awareness, Acceptance, Compassion and Curiosity.
What I meant by opening the gate of courage is when you find yourself in a phase in your life where you want to start to make changes in your life and really go for what you desire but you’re not quite there yet.
And you’re just simply preparing yourself for something bigger than yourself right now. You are opening the gate of courage right now.
I included curiosity as one of the keys because curiosity brings you towards a growth mindset, which is an open mindset as well.
When you have an open and growth mindset, anything is possible. And you allow yourself to explore different avenues that you never had before.
That’s why curiosity is very very key.
Curiosity, according to the dictionary, is defined as a strong desire to learn, or to know something.
So be curious. Unlike a cat, curiosity won’t kill you.
What will actually happen is that curiosity will open so many avenues and perspectives for you, like you can’t imagine.
So before I go ahead, I thought I would share with you one of the ways in which, or through which you can stimulate curiosity and that is through AWE.
Awe is the feeling that we usually feel when we’re in the presence of grandness or grandeur. When we experience or witness great acts of bravery or if we’re faced with the grandeur of nature (something we’ve never seen before. Or when we’re looking at art and paintings, and, you know, creative acts that just blows our mind.
I find that awe is that particular feeling.
But the truth is, you can actually ignite these feelings of awe in so many different ways as well, not just with always going out and traveling into amazing places around the world.
You can also practice awe even with a simple things.
Like for example, if you have a garden, you can look at a plant and look at it like it’s the first time you’ve ever seen it and just be curious.
So, one of the things I actually read is that scientists have been studying awe and the effect of it in the human body and the effect of it on an emotional level as well.
I’m going to share some of the findings to you because it’s very interesting to learn all of this and what the effects of this going forward.
In a simple sense, you know that you’re in awe, when, for example, after coming out from watching a really great concert or a big movie, for a moment you are pulled away from your day today.
But at the same time, you feel this greater sense of loving life.
So what did the scientists find about awe?
They found at three studies that experiences of awe makes people more inclined to help someone. They reported feeling less entitled and self-important than others.
Another thing that they found is that awe leads people to cooperate, share resources and sacrifice for others, all of which are requirements for our collective life.
And still other studies have explained that awe and altruism link, because it means that being in the presence of vast things calls forth a more modest and less narcissistic self, which enables greater kindness towards others.
And one of the best results of the studies that they made that I like is that that only awe, amongst all of the positive emotions that they’ve tested, predicted reduced levels of cytokines in the body.
Cytokines are chemical messengers that are often produced by cells in damaged tissues. Many cytokines elicit an inflammatory response which is important for killing pathogens and healing wounds.
So intriguingly, each burst of daily awe actually predicted greater well being and increased curiosity later.
So coming back to curiosity…
How can you apply curiosity? You can do so by asking yourself a couple of questions.
When you find yourself in so much worry especially during this pandemic time…
You can take a breath. Pause and ask yourself what’s the worst thing that can happen. And then ask yourself what’s the best thing that can happen. And then ask yourself, what will really happen.
Just be curious and float around all these possibilities.
I know that if you allow yourself to be present and look at where you actually are. And in this particular sense, you really jot down the facts and see what is actually really true for you.
So that’s a really good way to self inquire.
And the other two questions that I want to share with you when you’re when you’re practicing being curious are..
What if you weren’t fearful, what will you actually do?
If you had all the resources in the world and by that, I mean, time, money, skills, energy, what would you actually do?
So I hope all those questions and suggestions will actually juggle your mind a little bit and help you find a better perspective for wherever you are.
So I hope that that makes sense and thank you for watching,
And I leave you with this..
Take the time to pause and open your mind to those things which you do not fully understand. You will be the better for it—and, as your feelings of awe ripple out through acts of kindness, so will the rest of us.Quote and studies listed on this site.
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