Cultivating Curiosity Through Journaling

Apr 24, 2024 | Blog, Journal Prompts

I will complete a two hundred hour meditation teacher training program this weekend.  Early in the journey I became fascinated with perceptions and how the perceptions I have honed over the years influence the present moment.  Should they?  Am I sure that these perceptions hold true?  I began to ask, “Are you sure?”

Turns out I wasn’t sure. I am a curious person. I began to journal – by writing and creating art – about the role of curiosity in shaping my perceptions and found that my perceptions clouded my curiosity, making me less open and more judgmental. I was missing a lot.

As I reflect on the concept of curiosity, I think about my father, a man whose roots lay deep in the tranquil landscapes of Chazy Lake, New York. He was the embodiment of curiosity, his clear blue eyes forever open to the myriad possibilities that surrounded him. From the intricate workings of nature to the complexities of human interaction, he approached each experience with a childlike awe, without the weight of judgment clouding his view. This lack of judgment that allowed him to navigate the world with ease. His curiosity was the greatest gift passed on to me.

The link between non-judgmental observation and curiosity is profound. When we observe without judgment, we free ourselves from preconceived notions and biases.  This opens the door to genuine inquiry and exploration. We move from rushing to conclusions or passing judgments to being curious observers, eager to uncover the mysteries that lie beneath the surface.

Journaling to Cultivate Curiosity

In our journey towards cultivating curiosity, I invite you to embark on a personal exploration through journaling. Here are some prompts to ignite your curiosity and deepen your connection with the world around you:

  1. Reflect on a recent experience that left you feeling curious. What sparked your interest, and what questions arose from that experience?
  2. Think back to a time when you approached a situation with judgment. How did this affect your ability to be curious and open-minded?
  3. Take a walk in nature and observe your surroundings without judgment. What hidden wonders do you discover when you let go of preconceived notions?
  4. Write about a topic or subject that piques your curiosity. What do you already know about it, and what questions do you have? How can you further explore this topic?
  5. Consider a belief or opinion that you hold strongly. Challenge yourself to approach it with curiosity instead of judgment. What new perspectives or insights emerge?

By embracing non-judgmental observation and nurturing our curiosity through journaling, we can cultivate a deeper appreciation for the richness and complexity of the world around us.

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