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Mindful : February 2019
which might prevent us from saying, “Oh, OK, now I get it!” and moving on. Mindfulness rides on curiosity. This means being truly open and willing to notice when you may not have all the facts, so you can find out how things really are. That’s the foundation for growth, adaptation, and resilience, and it’s what has kept our species alive. THE RIGHT WAY TO BE WRONG Being good at being wrong can allow you to relax into yourself in a powerful way. But it takes practice. Perhaps start by recalling a small moment where you felt you were in the wrong. Maybe you once cited a fact in a group of people and it turned out to be completely false, or you didn’t follow through on a promise, or you were positive you knew how long it would take your friend to paint the kitchen, only you were off by half and they had to cancel plans. Press the pause button and take a closer look at what went down. Take a deeper breath and try to recall that moment when you discovered you were in error. How is your body re- sponding to this thought or memory? Curiosity means investigating what happens inside you when you’re faced with the prospect or experience of finding out that you were wrong. Check in with the usual suspects: the jaw, the belly, the shoul- ders, the sphincter. What sensations do you notice? You can remain gently engaged and present with your body as it takes the hit. It might not feel comfort- able, but staying close to your own experience is part of health management. Practicing with these small challenges to our ego can help keep us soft and will- ing to hear how we might be unaware or uninformed. Plus, you’ll likely realize that, at the end of the day, it’s all OK. A mindful approach in- vites us to notice that when it comes down to it, being wrong is not in itself a prob- lem. Problems arise when we become determined to push away our errors, and we shut down. In fact, dis- covering that we are wrong gives us the opportunity to grow—hurray! This is how we learn. It might take time and practice to catch a chest-thumping need to be right. But when you can catch it, or even catch a glimpse of it, you open the door to the possibility of a warmer connection with yourself as you grow less afraid that you might do or say something wrong. When we learn to be strong and wrong, we unlock opportunities to grow, mature, and awaken to the tender joy of not having all the answers. ● IT MIGHT NOT FEEL COMFORTABLE, BUT STAYING CLOSE TO YOUR OWN EXPERIENCE IS PART OF HEALTH MANAGEMENT. 32 mindful February 2019 inner wisdom