I have to say, I’m the type of person who would much rather go on a nature hike than tour a museum. I’m not going to happen upon a belted kingfisher or a killdeer nest at a museum. I already know what I’m going to see at a museum – taxidermy animals and artifacts someone else found. That’s cool, but have you noticed museums’ biggest attractions are the interactive ones where visitors get to make sand dams and test instruments? Human nature is all about that element of control. We want to be in charge of our destiny and by reducing our need for consumption we release our attachment to things. Attachment is where problems occur. Our needs control us. Look at our overwhelming attachment to communication devices. We’re missing out on now because we’re checking messages and status updates. And heaven forbid our signal fails. This is dependency not freedom or discovery.
The unexpected provides the best stories. Think about it. You don’t call friends to tell them you took a morning walk, but you’d post a photo on Facebook of you rescuing ducklings that fell down the sewer grate while you were out for a walk. That is the kind of pride that comes with discovery through action without distraction.
1. Pay attention to what is around you and how you can be part of it.
2. Put yourself in setting of exploration rather than consumption
3. Get curious and act on it!