“Curiouser and curiouser!” Cried Alice (she was so much surprised, that for the moment she quite forgot how to speak good English).”
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll.
Lewis Carroll, was an English writer, mathematician, logician, Anglican deacon, and photographer. One of his most famous works was Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, which includes the poem “Jabberwocky”, and the poem The Hunting of the Snark. His written work, especially the one referred to above, was examples of a genre called ‘literary nonsense’. He was particularly noted for his use of word play, logic and fantasy.
What has this to do with the trigger word CURIOUS I hear you cry? Quite a lot in the context of what it brought up for me when the word was presented.
Curious as a definition has two meanings. It can be either something that is unusual or strange, or it can be something that is to be investigated.
Examples would be:
“Wasn’t that ‘curious’?”
“I am ‘curious’ about what that may mean”
So from these examples and the initial definition, the very nature of curiosity is something that has a dual meaning and would appear to have two distinct aspects to it. However, I believe that both those meetings can be tied together. There is a link that runs through them both and one that binds them together.
That link is a sense of momentum. An essence of energy. A force that propels the person immersed in curiosity forward. Curiosity, to be curious, is to be driven and focused.
This tying together of both intrigue and investigation forms a motivating factor within our human existence. Curiosity is something that has driven man for millennia to create fire, to fly through space, plumb the debts of the ocean and to delve into the depths of the human mind. Curiosity is a very powerful tool in our armoury and for me mindfulness also exhibits that powerful element within it too.
Mindfulness is a tool that we use to investigate the world out there as well as within ourselves. Mindfulness is a tool that is used to investigate, with curiosity, the present moment but in a non-judgemental way. To the extent mindfulness has an element of curiosity about it, and curiosity has mindful traits. Curiosity is something that is required for us to truly investigate the world and mindfulness enables us to do that in a non-judgmental and exciting way.
Here is a some ‘verbal-Jazz’ on the word CURIOUS: