Helpful Questions for the New Year

How can I open myself to the beauty of nature and human nature?

Helpful Wonder Questions for the New Year

We all need some help at times, and good questions can be most helpful when we’re beginning anything. So I’m beginning this New Year with “wonder” questions which are the kind of questions we have to live into rather than having immediate specific answers. They get our curiosity juiced up and broaden our awareness so that we notice when a possible response bubbles up. One of my favorite philosopher authors, Parker Palmer, calls them Life-Giving Questions. I’ve listed some of his here for your consideration. I think they can take us through many years to come

  • How can I let go of my need for fixed answers in favor of aliveness?
  • What is my next challenge in daring to be human?
  • How can I open myself to the beauty of nature and human nature?
  • Who or what do I need to learn to love next? And next? And next?
  • What is the new creation that wants to be born in and through me?

Let yourself choose one a day and float it through your consciousness. See what arises from within and outside of you. I’ve been surprised many times by what shows up that I hadn’t let be in my awareness which led to rich and “life-giving” actions.

May this New Year’s life-giving opportunities fill your being with Love.

About the author

Suzanne Kilkus

Suzanne Kilkus is a Soto Zen meditation practitioner and teacher and has practiced as a therapist and counselor for over three decades. She is dedicated to assisting people in expanding their capacity for giving and receiving love, and for recognizing and expressing their basic goodness in everyday life. Her path to live with wholehearted compassion and care is an invitation to everyone. She is a teacher with Open Door Zen Community in Madison, WI.