Last night before bed time Noah and I settled down to some drawing. We had a lovely time just sketching whatever bits and pieces happened to be on the kitchen table.
We sketch together quite often and over time I can tell we are gradually getting better. I think the reason we enjoy it so much as because there is no pressure and no expectation, not even from ourselves.
It got me thinking about how our attitudes to learning change as we grow up. Children seem ever keen to learn, to ask questions and they naturally accept that learning is a process. They love to learn.
As grown ups we can have quite a different attitude. Many of us feel like we should already know everything. This can lead us either to create the impression that we do know it all by pretending. Or it can mean that we feel low on confidence and dissatisfied with ourselves. Both of these are stressful ways to live.
It seems that developing a love for learning is a much better approach to take. Here’s why…
1) When you are constantly keen to learn you are open to what others are able to teach you. This means that you keep an open mind and make better informed decisions in life.
2) When you start with the attitude that you want to learn you listen more to others and soak up all the information that is out there. You get more out of life.
3) When you are intent on learning you are naturally interested so you focus more on what is going on. This makes for a less distracted mind and a more peaceful way of being.
4) When you are open to learning you are more genuine and therefore you appear more genuine. This is because you openly accept the limitations of your knowledge. When other people see this then they are able to trust you.
When you take on this approach life becomes much more straightforward. For many of us it is a big shift but it is so worth it!
All of these changes are much more possible if you are mindful. So if you want to start developing this approach to learning think about beginning with a mindfulness course. Revitalise Sessions could be an ideal first step.