Curiosity takes practice. It requires a detached mind, truly open to experience. When we are curious, there is no goal, no agenda, and no particular outcome; our mind is clear, uncluttered, and free.
Our thinking mind is not interested in being curious, it wants to know now. In the urge of knowing, we become impatient. To be curious, we need to be emotionally balanced and that is perhaps the most challenging aspect of this practice. If we have been triggered, hurt, or anxious about a situation, we can’t be curious. If we are afraid, we can’t be curious.
A lack of curiosity invites suffering. A lack of curiosity prevents us from being present. Yet, curiosity is the path of liberation. What will it take to embody this practice? First, know what brings you into balance. Is it dancing, walking, cooking, swimming, building, repairing, helping others, etc.?
Once you have experienced true inner stability be curious about a tree, a cloud, a flower, a sound, a smell… Notice if you get bored quickly or distracted. Yet, keep training yourself to access your mind in a new way if you want to find peace.