Day 234: Curiosity, in the moment

At the beginnings of the therapy group sessions I do, I often state what I’m curious about — as a way to invite people to “check-in.”

This is something I often say:

Right now, I’m curious about what’s going on for you in the moment. I’m also curious about anything that might be contributing to how you are feeling and thinking, in the moment.

This morning, after I got up, I “checked-in” with myself that way. That is, I asked myself how I was doing in the moment and what might be contributing to that.

This is what I discovered:

I continue to feel some “uneasiness” when I wake up in the morning. (I wrote about that, early this year.)

It helps to sit in a quiet place and focus, as much a possible, on the present moment — letting all thoughts, feelings, etc. flow through me.

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Yes!  I gave myself “the chair” this morning, sitting mindfully for a short time.

This is what came up for me, when I asked myself what was contributing to how I was feeling in the moment:

  1. Yesterday, for the first time, I met with a lawyer to talk about my will (and other necessary plans regarding my inevitable death).
  2. Geesh, people!  Isn’t that enough?

Of course, there were all sorts of other things contributing to how I was doing in the moment.  Even if I can’t identify all those things (and who can?), it helps to be as aware, in the moment, as much as possible.

Right now, I’m aware that I’d like to end with a photo.

But which one?

How about the last photo I’ve taken, with my trusty-enough iPhone?

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Here are the points I want to make about this photo:

  1. It was taken at Strip-T’s last night, a great — if interestingly named — restaurant in Watertown, MA.
  2. I haven’t been to Strip-T’s since before April (when the outside of the restaurant was another backdrop on CNN news reports, in the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombings).
  3. I wanted to take a photo of these three things at the restaurant, because I loved them all.
  4. To me, the pig on the right looks like it’s saying something to the pig on the left.

Of course, I’m curious about what that might be.

Thanks to Strip-T’s, ceramic pigs, curious creatures everywhere, and to you, for reading today.

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10 thoughts on “Day 234: Curiosity, in the moment

  1. Well worth reading this – thank you.

  2. I love curiosity! I read there are three attributes to a true leader — Courage, Humility and Curiosity! 🙂

    as a little girl I was always told I was ‘too curious’. How can anyone, especially a child be too curious?

    Love this post too!

  3. Interesting way to start your day. Introspection is something I don’t have a lot of Imelda for in the morning,

    • Lately, I seem to have a lot more room for introspection in the morning than I do at night. Thanks for visiting and commenting.

  4. findingmyinnercourage

    Curiosity is something I love! This was exceptional!

  5. al

    this uneasiness business – among other things – pervades my waking, as well. what’s with it? and what would it help if i knew?… an apprehensive, troubled, niggling…

  6. Thank you for the comment, and welcome. My guess is that many people have similar feelings.

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