November 10, 2020
by Christine V. Hides

Learning that curiosity is an emotion was a “light bulb” moment for me. This illumination came during one of my long pandemic walks spent listening to the lecture “Rising Strong as a Spiritual Practice” by Brené Brown. Curiosity is a way to approach other more unpleasant emotions like anger, fear, or hurt. 

When emotions threaten to overwhelm, pause to make a list of what you notice  about your thoughts, your physical response, and the events that have transpired. Resist the urge to assign a value or label to what you notice. Allow yourself to be curious. Take deep breaths. 

When you are ready, maintain an attitude of curiosity as you seek guidance in prayer using the worlds of Psalm 119:  O God, be a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.