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Cultivating Curiosity


Posted by: Ronda Devereaux | May 26, 2013 | 2:42 pm

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Newton, Da Vinci, Einstein – what mark would they have left on this world without curiosity? As children, we’re usually full of endless curiosity. But as we grow up, that tends to fade as we confront the lists of things we need to accomplish each day. By nature I have always been curious. I ponder some really strange things while I am sitting on my front porch (or driving, or sitting in a meeting….).

 

As Albert Einstein said, “The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing. 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.”

 

More Reasons to Cultivate Your Curiosity –

 

  1. It develops positive traits. Be curious about the wonders of the universe, this is a sign of being innovative, intelligent, optimistic, and open-minded. It is hard not to remain in awe of everything around you when you are in the presence of  a child, a hummingbird or the Universe.
  2. It’s good for your mental health. Curious people are mentally agile and less likely to suffer from age-related illnesses such as Dementia and Alzheimer’s. This is because the acts of pondering and wondering create new neural pathways in the brain. Hmmm, makes me wonder what my neural pathways look like…
  3. Creativity. Curiosity is what drives artists, writers and researchers. They use curiosity to explore and learn about their worlds and create worlds for others to enjoy. Young children are always driven by curiosity. It’s their way to learn about this world that they inhabit. They are full of questions even when they can’t articulate them. They use their physical senses to explore their outer worlds (Take that out of your mouth!!!)
  4. Happiness is deeply linked to curiosity. Studies indicate that curious people are happy people. They’re never bored or boring. They’re always alert and will take the time to look up at the stars and watch a sunset.

 

  • According to some studies, those who are curious are highly self-motivated and willing to try new things. Mysteries and marvels are their cup of tea. The more they discover, the more they want to discover.

 

Try these ideas to help re-ignite your natural curiosity and enjoy the benefits above and more:

 

  • Ask questions in general. (I tend to annoy some of my friends with this one..)
  • Ask silly questions. It’s always great to make someone else laugh.
  • Learn something new every day. See a word you don’t know? Google it and find out what it is about.
  • Try something new. A sport, a craft, even a new genre of literature will fit the bill.
  • Join a new challenging activity or sport for the first time. Better yet, take a friend with you.
  • Always remember to ask why, what, where, and how?
  • Remember that you learn from every experience. Experiences help you expand your horizons.
  • Be passionate about something. It’s never too late to find an activity that inspires you.
  • Spend time with children and really be present with them. Their natural curiosity will rub off on you.

 

As I was researching for this blog, I found the following mysteries to stimulate your curiosity:

 

What lovesick dolphins might say to each other. In The Mind of the Dolphin, the pioneer American investigator of dolphin intelligence, John Lily, claims that dolphins’ acute sense of sound may allow them to see each others internal organs. A bundle of some 125,000 nerve fibers link each of the dolphin’s ears to its brain. We only have about 50,000.

 

  • Lily suggests that a lovesick dolphin might tell his beloved: “Darling, you do have the cutest way of twitching your sinuses when you say you love me. I love the shape of your vestibular sacs.” Can you say, Ewwwww…

 

We are not alone. Astronomer Frank D. Drake of Cornell University, New York, suggests the existence of over a thousand inhabited planets in our galaxy alone. Each of these planets, of course, may have a different chemical and molecular composition, some of which may vary widely from Earth.

 

  • Life on Earth is carbon based. Could life on these planets be based on other elements? Although the general consensus among astronomers is that intelligent life is rare, what if it did exist elsewhere?

 

The Great Pyramid. This amazing monument has fascinated mankind throughout the centuries. It’s not considered as a tomb for a pharaoh since no mummy was found inside the sarcophagus and neither were there the usual burial artifacts or hieroglyphics. So what the heck was it for?

 

  • According to ancient Egyptian texts, the Great Pyramid was used as the initiation chamber for the Mysteries. The initiate would lie in the sarcophagus for many hours and be born again.

 

  • The very shape of the pyramid possesses power. This structure can charge water, preserve food, enhance sleep, and more. (Bet you want one of those pyramid things over your bed now, right?)

 

Here are a few of the things that I have pondered while sitting on my front porch –

 

What would happen if two souls tried to inhabit one body? Well, the movie industry kind of took this one from me. Anyone seen The Host? Could a phenomena like this contribute to some types of multiple personality disorder?

 

What if the soul that inhabits a body doesn’t fit quite right? Could this cause mental and physical illnesses?

 

What would it be like if a body didn’t have a soul? Is this what a sociopath is?

 

Are people with dementia and alzheimers really trapped in their bodies, or are the out “traveling”? Who’s to say what is really going on in there? After all we have conscious and subconscious minds. Under normal circumstances, we can’t keep track of our subconscious. So what happens when our conscious mind takes a lot of time off?

 

I am not trying to explain away or discount mental illness of any kind, I was just being curious. Now you know what it can be like out on my front porch!!! Are you curious now? Look around you or at what is going on in and outside your home or the world. If you closely examine anything, it’s sure to spark your curiosity. I can smell the smoke burning from all those brain cells kicking into high gear.

Article by: Ronda Devereaux



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