Relighting the fires of wonder and curiosity for life

I have a distinct memory from my childhood.  Behind my Grandparents bungalow, was the most amazing rock formation.  There was a network of little grassy paths all through the rock formation and next to it an old wood, full of gnarled old trees, with knots in the bark that looked like faces.   We often played up there as kids. I had lots of fun, conjuring up little imaginary adventures and scenarios, but most of all was the sense of wonder and curiosity the place gave me as a child.

I stopped going up into the rocks and woods when I got older. That sense of wonder and adventure ebbed away as my mind developed and I started to become an adult.

My Grandparents have long since gone and the bungalow sold, but part of me wishes I could go back there now.  After many years, I feel that sense of wonder and adventure has returned. Slightly different from when I was a child, but quite similar.

I am sure I am not on my own with this, but as I grew up and became an adult, I successfully covered up this sense of wonder and curiosity or life, with layers of guilt, responsibility and fear (to name a few).  I closed my heart down to just functioning, just trying to get through it all.

Thankfully, those layers are now starting to be peeled away. Slowly, not forced, no goals in sight just a beautiful by-product of daily meditation and mindfulness.

Simple Rewards

The rewards show themselves in surprising ways. The  simple wonder of a seeing a flower open in the garden, the curiosity and excitement of trying something new.  I am listening to a beautiful piece of music whilst I write this, I can hear every instrument, every note and all the pauses. Simple signs, but it is that spark of childlike wonder and curiosity for life again.

Unlocking that childlike sense of wonder

So how to unlock this sense of wonder? My advice would be to not over think it. Just sit, just meditate consistently.  Don’t look for change, it will find you.  Small steps each day and may that wonder for life fill your heart.

Speaking of childlike wonder, my favorite author as I grew up was Roald Dahl and my favorite book was and still is …..

 Charlie and the Chocolate factory. I think I shall read it again. Although not from this book, I will leave you with a little quote from this amazing author…

” Above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places”

Roald Dahl

 

 

 

 

Author: Roger

In 2015 I set out on a mission to uncover a life of happiness and contentment. Little did I know then that for years, I had been looking for it in all the wrong places. My Blog, The Mind Shed, tells the true story of this mission, a mission that will last a life time but involves going nowhere, just right here in this moment, the only moment we have. www.themindshed.co.uk inspiration for a happy life

2 thoughts on “Relighting the fires of wonder and curiosity for life”

  1. Wonder is such a precious thing. Love seeing wonder in the faces of my grandchildren. Wonder why we lose it? Is it because someone decides we are grown-ups and wonder is for children? Not sure …

    1. It is so precious. We are all different but for me I think I lost the wonder by spending too much time on “Auto Pilot”. Just going through the day, not really paying attention. Whilst I was in this mode, I would ruminate and worry and before long the anxiety kicked in. That spark of life, the wonder was there but covered up in layers of dust. When I started to learn how to reconnect with the five senses, sight, touch, hearing, smell, taste that wonder for life started to creep back in, It was as if I had switched the senses off for years. Still work in progress, but getting there. Thanks so much for reading and commenting.

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