One Apple A Day #1185
Lately, my writings have wandered in the space between not knowing and spirituality. These two ideas keep surfacing not only in my writing but also in my self-reflections and in my conversations.
It all started with a conversation with a young and brilliant woman in Chennai. She was one of the participants in the workshop I was facilitating, and she came looking for help during a break.
She was struggling to deal with some words we were using in the workshop. In particular with words like spirituality and mysticism. There was a resistance in her anytime those words were used, stopping her from moving forward in her journey.
Together, we began exploring this resistance, and she asked some curious and powerful questions about her struggles to which I didn't have the answers. That "not knowing" triggered something in me. Her exploration of these unknown territories also became mine, and together we began wandering without a map. And in that process, I found another piece of my own puzzle.
My spiritual practice is being at peace with not knowing the answers. Is asking questions for which I know I most probably won't find an answer.
Yesterday, while reading "The 15 Commitments of Conscious Leadership", I found this bit.
Wonder is open-ended curiosity. It is asking a question for which we don't know the answer, and we don't know—or care—if there is an answer. Wonder is as much about the question as it is about the answer.
Wonder is my spiritual practice. It is nothing esoteric or religious. It has nothing to do with figuring out an answer or solution. That's the goal of the cognitive mind. It is the willingness and the joy to step into and stay with the unknown.
And for this discovery, I have to thank a young innovator in Chennai who I'm sure will create wonders with her courage and curiosity.