What Is Playful Inquiry?

Inquiry is the science, art and spirit of imagination. We naturally associate Inquiry with the logical mind’s intent to satisfy curiosity, solve problems, and explore ideas. Inquiry helps us connect our prior understanding to new experiences, modify and accommodate our previously held beliefs and conceptual models, and construct new knowledge.

Antonyms found in the dictionary: Answer, reply


Playful describes a state of surrender. It involves being open, letting go, and embracing unexpected direction or results. Being playful has positive effects on the body and the brain. Problem solving ability increases after a person has spent some time laughing. This works because laughter turns off the posterior hypothalamus and allows the cerebral cortex to focus on a given task.

Antonyms found in the dictionary: Earnest, serious-minded, sober, humorless, serious, working


Contemplative Inquiry

Leave it to the Levey's to bring our attention to Contemplative Inquiry with today's thought for the day email.  Reprinted here because it has such relevance for our Playful Inquiry:

Abstract: Contemplative Inquiry as a Research Method

"Contemplation as a method of inquiry can be a path of knowledge that has many applications in science, humanities, and the arts. Contemplative Inquiry is not opposed to conventional methods, but rather transforms and extends them. The same values of clarity and integrity and infuse contemplative explorations as have supported scientific and critical investigations.

In addition to contemplative practices used in educational settings to strengthen attention and emotional balance, capacities can also be developed that support the discovery process. As Goethe has written, "Every object, well contemplated, opens a new organ in us." Engagement with works of art and natural phenomena is not only deepened through contemplation, but subtle cognitive changes take place within practitioners that support fuller understanding. Contemplative exercises can assist in the creative process and the generation of insight."
-       Arhur Zajonc, Mind and Life Institute and Dept. of Physics, Amherst College

See International Symposia for Contemplative Studies - streaming through Sunday at: http://events.powerstream.net/008/00189/2012_ISCS/  

"The reason why we emphasize mental training is the realization that although outer conditions are important contributive factors to our well-being or suffering, in the end the mind can override that. You can retain inner strength and well-being in very difficult situations, and you can be totally a wreck where apparently everything seems perfect. Knowing that, what are the inner conditions for well-being and suffering? That's what mental training is about, trying to find antidotes to suffering and to afflictive mental states - antidotes that let you deal with the arising of hatred, for example, to dissolve it before it triggers a chain reaction.  Mental training is gradually going to change the baseline. It is the most fascinating endeavor we can conceive.  Mind training is the process of becoming a better human being for your own sake and for the sake of others."
- Matthieu Ricard, monk, scholar, researchers,
and scientist who has been very involved with Mind Science research

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