In mindfulness meditation, the encouragement is to get curious about whatever experiences that arise, whether pleasant, unpleasant or neutral. This means with a beginner’s mind, noticing what is felt, where, how intense, what happens next, how we tend to react, and less about the “why”. By doing so, we’re allowing ourselves to process our emotions instead of judging and resisting which only compounds suffering. We’re less concerned about the “why” because emotions and sensations come and go – they’re impermanent and intangible.

Curiosity, by Alastair Reid (extract)

Face it. Curiosity

will not cause us to die

– only lack of it will.

Never to want to see the other side of the hill

or that improbable country

where living is an idyll

would kill us all.

Only the curious have, if they live,

a tale worth telling at all.

Guide: Noelle Lim

Image credit: Manja Vitolic, Unsplash

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