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Why Be Curious? – Nerdful Mind #131

July 17, 2022 by Simon Mannes

I've written about curiosity before.

It's this childlike sense that everything around you is new and interesting, and full of things to discover without trying to attach purpose and meaning to them.

There's two main reasons curiosity makes you happy:

  1. As you're looking around with an intent to see things, you see more, and you discover the beauty in more things.
  2. Being curious means having fewer expectations of how things should be, leading to you being happier with things as they are.

Curiosity makes things less complicated and more fun.

“Curiosity is the essence of human existence. 'Who are we? Where are we? Where do we come from? Where are we going?'... I don't know. I don't have any answers to those questions. I don't know what's over there around the corner. But I want to find out.” — Gene Cernan

Reading Recommendations

How Curiosity Got a Mindfulness Teacher Out of Trouble

“They say ‘curiosity killed the cat.’ Being too inquisitive could lead to danger. So don't ask too many questions. But one of the best advice I have ever received was from my very wise mentor Char Wilkins, who constantly reminded me when I was training to be a mindfulness teacher - ‘Curiosity will always get you out of trouble, Erin.’”

The Psychology of Poetry

“Poetry surrounds us, yet we only seem to notice it when the labels ‘poem’ or ‘poetry’ are used. What effect does poetry have on us? Why is it present across the globe and the millennia? How do we use poetry in our lives, often without knowing we are? How can we harness its techniques to improve our lives?”

To self host or to not self host kubernetes cluster(s)

A friend of mine asked this to me recently, about how was it to self host kubernetes clusters. And I was cursing myself about why I did not write this post earlier (I mean, technically I have written about how we used to do self hosting before, but not the pros and cons of it), as this was not the first time I had been asked this question. So this post is dedicated to my friend and to others when they chance upon this question.

Weekly Mindfulness Practice

Here's a mindful music listening exercise.

Pick a piece of music to listen to. I like instrumental pieces for this, as lyrics add a whole extra layer.

Take a deep breath and pause for a moment, before listening to that song. Use headphones if possible.

While listening, you can focus on different parts of the experience:

  • What do you notice in the music? Which instruments are playing, how fast or slow do they play?
  • What do you feel in your body? Which parts of your body are you more aware of?
  • Do any thoughts or feelings come up?

Just notice without any judgement. Afterwards, take a moment to check in with your body, breathe, and notice any changes to before the exercise. Did the piece of music feel right or would you pick something else next time?

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Have a great week


PS: What do you think about this? Please hit reply and let me know. I’m curious!