Follow Curiosity and Expand Your Life

Nurturing Your Inner Spark | Issue 013

Dear Curious Soul,

As we head towards the middle of the year, you may be reflecting on the past few months and looking ahead to what you would like to welcome into the next. Today we invite you to consider the power of nurturing your inner spark; your curiosity.

Curiosity ignites our soul and gives us energy which fosters our growth and learning. Curiosity is what drives us to make changes and promotes transformation. Yet, sometimes it gets tangled amongst our day-to-day responsibilities, or is pushed aside by other activities which demand our time and energy. When was the last time you followed your curiosity and did something for the pure joy of discovering something new about yourself or the world? 🤔 Was it last week? Six months ago? Five years ago?

Years before we left our Silicon Valley jobs to embark upon the pathway into this magical journey of teaching yoga, we spent every free moment learning, developing our vision, asking questions, attending trainings, and going out there to soak up as much experience and knowledge as possible. Searching to heal our physical back pain, Bre’s auto-immune diseases, and our own personal past heartbreaks set us off on the pathway of opening up our hearts and minds to a whole new way of living and moving through the world. Our curiosity about expanding our consciousness and healing our bodies and hearts led us to our purpose of sharing the teachings of yoga; our Dharma. The path truly does appear as you walk it and curiosity can be the light to guide you.🕯

We can let fear rule our lives or we can become childlike with curiosity, pushing our boundaries, leaping out of our comfort zones, and accepting what life puts before us.

Those of you who have children in your family or work alongside them will recognize how they approach the world with wonder and awe every day. From crouching down to watch a spider, to tasting unfamiliar foods, flying down a huge slide for the first time, to watching wide-eyed as his grandma plays a game with him, Ailo teaches us how to enjoy and savor every moment. He truly stays curious and follows what excites him; going at his pace and enjoying his delight is so fulfilling. It encourages us to also stay curious and open. Children take time to listen, touch and observe, they slow down to soak up the wonder around them. Giving curiosity time and space opens doors and shows us pathways we may miss if we speed through life always looking towards the next thing.

How does a yoga lifestyle foster curiosity?

Embracing curiosity is akin to embarking on a treasure hunt within ourselves. It prompts us to question, seek alternative viewpoints, and journey deeper into our interests. Through this path, we unearth hidden talents, passions, and aspects of ourselves that we never knew existed. A yogic lifestyle celebrates the innate human drive to seek truth, wisdom, and self-realization.

By cultivating curiosity with mindfulness, humility, and openness, we on the yogic path deepen our understanding of ourselves and the universe, ultimately leading to greater peace, joy, and liberation. In our free 30-day mindfulness program called AWARE, you will discover many new things that spark your curiosity to adventure deeper within…

What stops us from following our curiosity?

Sometimes it’s fear which has us squash the curious thoughts of ‘what if’ or ‘can I?’ wonderings which bubble up in our consciousness and we all know someone who tells of what they ‘would’ have done if only they had…(fill in the blanks with any of the following: more time, more money, older kids, better partner, stress-free job…') We have become experts at putting in barriers and reasons why we cannot do the things we feel are innate to us. Curiosity reminds us that unlearning this and embracing uncertainty is key to remembering who we really are. B.K.S. Iyengar once said "Yoga is a light, which once lit, will never dim. This light of yoga is the curiosity that propels us towards self-discovery and inner peace."

The Untethered Soul by Michael A. Singer speaks of transcending fear in order to embrace life fully. By confronting and transcending fear, you can step into your true potential and live courageously. Singer also emphasizes the importance of living in the present moment. When you fully engage with the present and release attachments to the past and worries about the future, you can experience a state of pure awareness and presence. Although a daily consistent silent meditation is one of the best ways to develop your awareness and live more in the now, having a guided meditation is also very beneficial. Flo guides you through an empowering meditation in this Inner Strength Activation class, perfect for reconnecting with your inner self and to ignite your energy for the day.

Are you curious how to embrace curiosity and how to take action on it? We sure hope so or else this newsletter is awfully ironic. Subscribers read on for our pointers to keep your curiosity alive…

How will embracing curiosity benefit you?

Continuous Learning: Curiosity nurtures a thirst for knowledge, encouraging us to delve into new subjects and ideas. The journey often leads us on tangents and niches we knew never existed and when we are motivated and focused in our study, there are no limits to what we can learn.  

Mindfulness and Presence: A curious mindset draws us into the present moment, fostering mindfulness and engagement. Stopping to examine things helps us to slow down.  

Better Problem-Solving: Curiosity leads to creative solutions and offers diverse perspectives on life. Questioning everything and asking why can help to rejuvenate old processes and rewrite the rules. Being courageous, embracing change, shedding old patterns means being open to new ways of thinking.

Personal Growth: Stepping into the realm of curiosity pushes us beyond comfort zones, fostering personal development.  Curiosity is what took explorers to every corner of the earth and beneath the waves of the ocean. Stretching ourselves to explore further is a great way to learn more about who we are and how we are connected to the universe.

Connection and Empathy: Curiosity promotes empathy, deepening connections and enriching relationships. Coming to every interaction with the goal of wanting understand one another better is key and we must be curious in order to establish a connection which is honest and open. 

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Nurturing your curiosity - things to try this month!

Question Everything: Cultivate a habit of inquiry. Challenge assumptions and seek to understand the "why." This applies to questions about yourself, about other people, beliefs and about the universe too.

Explore New Frontiers: Venture into the unknown, embracing the joy of discovery through reading, physical activity, travel, or even through conversation and connection. There is endless discovery in life, if only we are open to it.

Practice Mindful Curiosity: Immerse yourself in each experience, savoring its details and richness. So, while you’re in it, be in it. Enjoy every sense soaking up the sounds, textures, colors, and tastes. It can be as simple as being curious about your own breath or sensations in your body. The free 30 day mindfulness AWARE program is also a wonderful way to refocus your attention and be curious and have fun with 60 second daily mindfulness challenges. It’s a great way to connect as a family or friendship group too. Send this newsletter to a friend and start the program with them tomorrow!

Curate Your Environment: Do your surroundings and the people in your life inspire curiosity and learning? Read the article we wrote about Minimalism and make some conscious choices about what you actually want in your life and environment to support your growth and aid healthy choices which come from your heart center.

Embrace ‘Failure’: In the pursuit of curiosity, embrace failure as ‘data collection’ stepping stones toward growth. Scientists who never encounter failed experiments are not actually discovering anything new, so failure is an essential part of learning. 

Trust your intuition: When you feel your ears perk up and start to pay attention to something because it sparks something within you, follow it and trust your instinct. Decisions made from your heart can be trusted, because they come from your true self.

Have fun! Creativity should be enjoyable. If you're not having fun, you're less likely to stick with it. So relax, let loose, and enjoy the process of pursuing things which light you up. This playful class with Bre is a great example of introducing some extra fun into your daily practice on the mat!

As we navigate life's intricacies, curiosity serves as our guiding light. It propels us toward self-discovery, growth, and meaningful connections. Embrace the unknown, question relentlessly, and embark on a journey of exploration. Curiosity is not just a path to knowledge; it's the key to unlocking the infinite potential within you and offering those who spend time with you the opportunity to view the world through a different lens.

Hope to see your curious face at our upcoming monthly Satsang Gathering on June 13th. Come be a part of our warm and welcoming community and personally meet some beautiful humans that are in your wolfpack.

With boundless curiosity and excitement always,

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📚 Brain Food Recommendations 📚

Spark your curiosity through these thought-provoking words. Don’t forget we have a full comprehensive list of our book recommendations in our books kit.

If you prefer an audio learning opportunity, check out Light Watkins on How Curiosity Leads to Purpose - fascinating stuff!

Through insightful anecdotes and reflections, this book invites us to perceive the world with fresh eyes and engage in continuous discovery. If you're looking for a book that will inspire you to be more creative and follow your curiosity, this book is an uplifting read that will help you to rediscover your creativity and use it to create a life that you love.

The Art of Possibility: Transforming Professional and Personal Life by Rosamund Stone Zander and Benjamin Zander.

One of the key concepts in the book is the idea of "the creative act." The creative act is simply the process of bringing something new into the world. It can be anything from writing a poem to starting a new business. The important thing is to be open to new ideas and possibilities.  

☕️ Morning Coffee Positive Press ☕️

Curiosity, an unwavering quest to explore and learn, has consistently driven transformative advancements for our planet. From scientific breakthroughs and technological innovations to sustainability initiatives and global collaborations, curiosity's guiding light has illuminated the path toward a brighter future. Check this inspiring feat of eco-innovation which are thanks to a curious mind…

☀️ Something beautiful to take into your day ☀️

Listen with curiosity.

Speak with honesty.

Act with integrity.

Roy T. Bennett

If you are down here with us, you have spent at least 5 minutes following your curiosity…don’t let that little spark go out, nurture it... 🔥 

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