Unconditional Curiosity in your Closet?!
While practicing yoga this morning, my teacher suggested I approach a pose with “unconditional curiosity”. I had no idea what he meant in terms of a yoga pose, but I wondered, could I greet my closet with unconditional curiosity while looking for something to wear?
What if, when I enter my closet each morning, I pretend I have no idea what I will find? What if I look at my clothes as if I had never worn them before?
After all, at one time I loved everything in my closet.
My yogic mind wandered…..Have I missed combinations I hadn’t previously considered? Could those shoes go with that dress? What about that jacket….does it work with those pants?
A whole new world to explore! (I was so distracted I snuck out of class early….)
I rushed to my closet to start experimenting. Within minutes, my bed was chock full of clothing, shoes, and jewelry. I had the time of my life!
I discovered that I’d been missing tons of opportunities. I’d been stuck in a box, thinking things like, “This ONLY goes with this”, “There is no way that works with that”….how boring!
As you might suspect, some things did not work together at all and were comically bad, but I created new and exciting street style looks that I am thrilled about (I’m slightly obsessive about street style). I also re-discovered items that were long forgotten. They go perfectly with my newer clothes. Wow!
So, if you’re bored with your wardrobe, and think the only solution is to go buy more stuff, think again. Explore your closet first. Treat it like a treasure hunt. Try things that seem silly, odd, even ridiculous. Stretch your imagination (and your limits). Go a little crazy!
You might be surprised by what you’ll dig up. Unconditional curiosity…..my new mantra!