As the saying going we never stop learning! As very young children we seem to just absorb and learn from what we hear, see and experience. Going into our school years there is structure to our learning which has certainly greatly changed from when I was at school! In my 20s and 30s I was in work coming up against different situations in which I learnt from my colleagues, clients and managers as well as attending workshops and courses.
Now that I am self-employed my learning hasn’t stopped but has gone in very different directions. It is more self directed and seems to be more organic and experiential rather than formal and structured. Even now, when I teach, I plan a lot less and trust to instinct, insight and awareness that what I need to teach will happen.
I have become more involved with people who share their knowledge freely; learning is often a group activity of sharing and supporting each other. With my colleagues of Emotional Freedom Technique (Tapping) we meet monthly to discuss cases and to share information about this intervention. Similarly Reiki Shares and Qualias offer a supportive environment to learn.
I am currently doing a two year Shamanic Healing course which is hands on experiential as well as reading books in order gain greater awareness into the subject. Although I have always loved reading I do struggle with having to read “work books” so self discipline for me is key and I often write down the information to help me retain it.
A business course that I have nearly completed is online and includes exercises to complete. This works for me as by “doing”, I am more likely to engage and recognize the application for my own situation.
We all learn differently and can be classified as visual, auditory, kinaesthetic or reading/writing learners. Which one are you? This article explains more about learning styles and how to enhance your learning
With learning also comes questions and challenges, how do I make sense of what is being taught, do I believe it? How does it fit in with what I already believe? In this day of mass information it is important to sift through and only accept what feels true and right for you.
Research into old age indicates that learning something new like a language or dancing enhances your mental skills, may keep cognitive decline at bay, decreases social isolation and maintains physical health so we are never too old to learn!
Although we continue to learn through situations that life brings to us, it is also important to stretch our minds, our understanding and bring in new skills, awareness and beliefs that keep us engaged, interested and challenged.
If you are interested in the workshops and courses that I teach you can find more information here.