Community Drop In Group 4/1/20
Today we are looking at the quality of curiosity as inspired by the Unwinding Anxiety app. This is a beautiful app for very practical mindfulness based skills for working with anxiety that can make a big difference.
One of the first steps named on the app is learning to catch when we are getting hooked by our anxiety—and therefore doing all of those things that in the long run are just compounding the situation, driving us deeper into an anxiety vortex—and instead, finding that beautiful witnessing possibility that allows us to step back, unhook, begin to patiently learn a different freer possibility.
A key to this new step is curiosity. Judson Brewer, the lead author of the app, says it this way:
Inviting curiosity allows us to hack into our brain’s natural reward system in a way that actually feels good.
I love this observation—curiosity feels intrinsically good. Think about this for yourself. An example he uses is tasting something that is really good and being curious about the flavors, ingredients that are making it be so good. We can notice how that curiosity engages us more directly with the enjoyment of the food. It brings an enlivening quality to the experience.