Snorkeling as inquiry

 

Snorkeling can be inquiry.

As a kid, I had some fears of what may be lurking under the surface as I swam in open water, so I took up snorkeling. I explored what was underwater, and saw it was OK. It became a second home for me.

Inquiry happens in ordinary life, in many different ways.

I have a stressful thought, talk with a friend, and get a different perspective. I see that reality is a bit different than I told myself.

I am afraid of heights, climb up on the 3 meter diving platform, jump off, and see it’s OK. I do it again, and again, and become more comfortable with it. I see that heights are not as scary for me as I thought it would be.

I am curious about yoga, so try it out and noticed how it is for me.

Formalized inquiry is the same, it’s what we already do in daily life. The only difference is that formalized inquiry is more structured, and has specific pointers.

Note: From this perspective, it’s easy to see that Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a double form of inquiry. It is – or can be – an inquiry into stressful thoughts. And it’s an inquiry through behavior, by trying out something in real life in a comfortable and safe setting.

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– snorkeling as inquiry
– trying out as inquiry
– happens in ordinary life, in many different ways
– formalized inquiry is the same, only more structured, with specific pointers

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Any daily life activity can be a form of inquiry: A conversation with a friend. Trying out something new. Doing something I was a little afraid of doing.

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