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Personal & Spiritual Development

Dena’s Digressions – Curiosity

Rev. Dena McPhetres

When I was in school, I had a reputation for being a walking encyclopedia of questions. When I encountered traditional religious beliefs in my small town, I wanted to know where those belief systems came from and why they were the way they were. Most people could only tell me “Because that’s the way it is!” That answer was not satisfying to my curiosity.

When I explored spirituality in a more intentional way as a young adult, I was introduced to the approach to have “a beginner’s mind.” This was prevalent as I learned several different methods to integrate body-mind-spirit. Beginner’s mind opens me to accept that even when I know something, there is so much more that I don’t know. It opens me to the teachable moment, which can happen at any time and place. And isn’t life one long “learnable moment?”

Sharing in community our teachable and learnable moments is what it means to me to be a people of curiosity.




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