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Questing Inward

Questing Inward

Questions can be dangerous. They can take us right to the edge of what is known and comfortable. They can require tremendous courage to ask, because we know that new questions can lead to new ways of perceiving, and new perceptions can lead to new explorations and actions.

Pick any “dangerous” questions you have been avoiding asking yourself and you’ll see what I mean. A question such as, “How do I make my work too small for me?” or “Is my spirit dying in my relationship?” or poet Mary Oliver’s magnificently disturbing, “What is it that you want to do with the one, wild, precious thing called your life?” The asking of such questions often leads to the perilous, growing edge of our minds.

All new thoughts begins with a dangerous question that pries our hearts and minds open and rescues us from the numbness of fear and cynicism. It can return us to a second innocence where we can listen to the truth about what we really feel and wake up.

May you find the courage you need to ask yourself the questions that will free your mind and strengthen your soul.

Adapted from Wide Open, by Dawna Markova (Conari Press, 2008).

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Annie B. Bond

Annie is a renowned expert in non-toxic and green living. She was named one of the top 20 environmental leaders by Body and Soul Magazine and "the foremost expert on green living." - Body & Soul Magazine, 2009. Learn Annie's latest eco-friendly news on, a website dedicated to healthy and green living.

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10:43AM PDT on May 13, 2013

Thank you for sharing.

12:54AM PDT on Apr 10, 2013

Thank you for the information.

4:51AM PST on Feb 19, 2013

Getting to know oneself is important

11:26AM PDT on Oct 23, 2012


4:37AM PDT on Oct 23, 2012

So true

2:40AM PDT on Oct 10, 2012

thanks for sharing

10:24AM PDT on Sep 17, 2012


12:57AM PDT on Aug 21, 2012

Thanks for the info.

12:45AM PDT on Jun 1, 2012

In the wisdom of our years we seek harmony with our inner self and achieve serenity.

7:33AM PDT on Apr 29, 2012

worthy challenge

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