The Essential Art of Questioning

There is a simple but profound universal truth. When we’re troubled, uncertain, searching . . . . . curiosity opens us up, expands our perspective and often, leads us home.

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When I was younger, I used to criticize my fundamental tendency to question. I would notice my journal pages filled with questions and make up painful interpretations about what that meant about me. Sure, some of the questions were whiny. Some were repetitive, self-critical, pessimistic. But if I have the patience to keep exploring beyond those, there are deeper questions, rich and sacred questions. The true desire to better understand this mystery of my life, inevitably leads to the true questions, the real questions. The questions with no easy answers. 

David Whyte, in his beautiful poem, Sometimes, speaks of “…questions that can make or unmake a life, questions that have patiently waited for you, questions that have no right to go away.”

Real questions can map our course and help us notice if we’re really on track. They can clarify our values and guide our actions. They invite us to explore the deep, hidden & precious parts of ourselves. They can unite us with the unknowable . . . the unknowable within and the unknowable around us. And they can break down the imagined barriers that make us believe that those are two separate things. 

They can allow us to tap into and touch the deep and tender edges of our self and the profound, timeless, boundless reaches of our Self.

So ask the questions.

Be impatient with easy answers.

Give yourself the balm of deep presence and attention. 

And open to the mystery of you, your life, and your gifts to this world.

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  1. Winnie Ennenga May 15, 2015 at 5:16 pm #

    Love this post. Some of most important questions are ones I avoid asking myself… what am I feeling right now being one of the most crucial of these. Thanks for reminding me that asking questions is how I connect with my values, deeper conscious, and ultimately, higher power.

    • Kelly May 21, 2015 at 4:26 pm #

      Thanks Winnie! We all need reminding! I hope you enjoy the nurturing experience of coming home to your true self often!

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