As adventurers, humans have explored the moon, distant galaxies, faraway lands, and the depths of the oceans. We are curious about how things work and celebrate our technological innovations and scientific breakthroughs. But how curious are we about exploring ourselves?
Psychologist Carl Jung observed that, “People will do anything, no matter how absurd, to avoid facing their own souls.” And, indeed, we are experts at strategizing against the enemies outside of us and mostly avoid facing the enemies looming within us.
We’re each at our own crossroads; determining whether to take the known or the unknown path. Our mindset charts a large part of our path. Do we perceive a world of struggle or possibility, scarcity or abundance, fear or love, division or unity?
Our curiosity influences our willingness to cleanse, purify, and declutter our lives of what no longer serves us—beyond the material stuff, and rather go inside ourselves to get in touch with our whole self. True change begins when we’re able to envision something in a healthy light. It comes first from within us and the choices we make, which are only then reflected in our own outer world.
But it’s rarely easy to choose a path of transformation. When we declutter our homes of material stuff, we get a sense of how much we’ve accumulated. And then, we decide which items are still functional and valuable in our life, and which we no longer need.
The woman who made decluttering trendy, Marie Kondo, goes deeper by advising us to, “Keep only those things that speak to your heart. Then take the plunge and discard all the rest. By doing this, you can reset your life and embark on a new lifestyle.”
Trekking into the unknown is about the soul journey and our ability to imagine and dream. It is so essential that we dream. When we give up dreaming, we give up on our life. Imagining and living go hand-in-hand, because that is where we tap into our purpose, open ourselves up to the mystery of life, and accept who we are and why we’re here.
What are you passionately curious about?