“The important thing is to not stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing. One cannot help but be in awe when one contemplates the mysteries of eternity, of life, of the marvelous structures of reality.” – Albert Einstein
I love a good question. I loved it especially when the questions were posed by my students. I always told my students that no question is silly, stupid, or a waste of time. We had a question board with the headline “QUESTIONING MAY BE THE ANSWER”. I had several pockets on the board with various categories. For example one group was “absolutely must know”. Those were usually the most challenging questions. The students wanted to stump me at times. But I made it clear that there were questions I would have to research to give them an correct response and a responsible one at that. But I also told them that sometimes a question would bring lots of controversy.
Some questions were very mindful as well. The questions were thoughtful and many times very profound. This is what I call mindful questioning. It is the question that was based on careful observation of something. It was the question that needed careful analysis and deep thought.
My students knew that those questions would make me very proud. I would praise those students by giving them a certificate that proclaimed them as thinkers. That made them proud.
I miss that activity very much. I try to propose a mindful question every day for my own mindful thinking experience. I learned recently that this type of exercise helps your brain stay sharp because the process helps to learn something new.
Since I do not have a captive audience anymore I thought I might ask the readers of this blog to send me a mindful question. I will not promise to research every question myself but I hope that the questions I post will stimulate a conversation.
Do you have a mindful question? Please post your question in the comments section.
Happy mindful questioning!