Amidst my posts on the more technical aspects of learning, or how technology is shaping our ability to learn, I'm going to also try to anchor my experience by exploring within and reminding myself about what it means to be human. Part of that work is re-learning what it means to be a good human or to do "humaning" well. :-)
I refer to "humaning" because I learned so much from my last few years of research, writing, and building my practice. In 2017, for example, as part of my physical therapy for recovering from ankle surgery, I went to yoga (almost) every day for a year. During that time, I was also in transition in my career. That community had many teachers and I experienced several profound lessons that influenced how I approached life.
And, as is typical with most learning, when I stopped going to yoga regularly, I forgot some of it. I genuinely learned what I learned, but didn't integrate all of my insights fully. Between learning and integration lies "the journey", "the struggle", "the gap."
Hence, this forum...and me sharing some of my own re-learning practice here.
As a someone who helps others with their personal and professional mastery, it sometimes feels hypocritical to share the knowledge of what they might consider doing, without also acknowledging that I'm right there alongside my clients with this work. There is no one up or one down when the topic is about learning to lean into one's whole potential--and I'm pretty clear about that. There is only the degree to which you are willing to be disturbed by your practice.
And so I start with: remembering The Basics.
The Basics, as I think of them, are:
Remembering that I'm lucky to be here, having found the work that I choose to labor over.
Maintaining awareness that this experience I on the planet is finite. I am not a robot that can be repaired for more factory work. I am capable of more creativity than I can ever use in a day. It's important that I make my work count.
Knowing that how I show up matters, whether I like it or not. Whatever I choose to do or not do has a result that I have to sit with.
Understanding, in the truest sense, that when I get too caught up in judging my own work or the work of others, I will suffer. Obsessing, something I am so innately gifted in doing, does not result in happiness.It always surprises me to relearn this simple fact: to go forward, you have to remember where you've been.