The scientist is motivated primarily by curiosity and a desire for truth.
Maybe we should all become scientists… of ourselves.
As Irving Langmuir says in the quote above, scientists are motivated by curiosity and a desire for truth.
We can apply this “scientific method” as we follow the Feel Better Project process.
First, we stop and become aware of how we are feeling.
Next, we can become curious as to the nature of that feeling.
We can allow that feeling to be there AND we can question whether the story that is generating that feeling is actually true.
For example, if we are feeling anxious about something, we can respect that anxious feeling AND question whether there really is good reason to feel anxious.
We can ask: Is there truth behind this anxiety or has the mind created another movie?
This process can take time. We’re sometimes so involved in the movie that it is painful to step out of it.
But if we’re gentle and patient with our questioning, we often come to the realization that our feeling was generated by a story – and nothing but a story.
The secret is to be questioning yet kind. When we feel the pang of resistance, we ease off.
But we never let go of our curiosity for the truth.