Is it true that the height to which one can scale is proportional to the depth to which one has fallen? Elizabeth Gilbert in her beautiful TED talk about genius seems to reject the fatalistic and dramatic narrative of greatness that permeates modern culture.
For the longest time, I've been pondering curiosity's role in maintaining sanity. Instead of being afraid of fear itself, what if I was curious about fear? Instead of judging myself, what if I was curious about why I feel the way I feel?
Linda Kavelin of the Virtues Project speaks of sacred curiosity. And Gilbert, in her latest rumination about the nature of creativity speaks too of curiosity as a friendlier and more constant companion than passion.
Donning a few more white hair today, I can only say "how true."
To be curious is to be respectful without falling into the drama of the moment. Curiosity gives one a healthy degree of impartiality, which is not to be confused with "not caring." It enables you to fully access the full faculty of your humanity.
So imagine being curious with one's self, and not engaged with all the drama that one's ego needs. It is a kinder and gentler way of living with one's self; it is the way of flow; it is the acceptance of at once the impermanence and interconnectedness of all things.
So in every moment, I try to be mindful to: