Learning is a gift, even when pain is our teacher. If we seek to keep learning no matter the circumstance, circumstances start to present to us the possibility of expansion, which tends to be more helpful than the constriction and suffocation of suffering. Try leaving more room in your life to breathe, remaining teachable and receptive. The space you allow for what is, and for what has yet to be, is a kind of inner peace work itself.
“We are human. We are not perfect. We are alive. We try things. We make mistakes. We stumble. We rise again. We try again. We keep learning. We keep growing. And we are thankful for this priceless opportunity called life.” – Unknown
Grow Where You Go, and Don’t Be Afraid to Go Where You’ll Grow
A comfort zone is enticing and necessary, but that’s not where we grow. We need to know our boundaries, and we also need to explore new territories. We only discover our preferences—What do we want?—by encountering what it is that we don’t want.
It’s when you’re down and discouraged, frustrated and frenzied, baffled and bothered, or bored and couldn’t be bothered, that you know for sure you’re in the right place to invite a new vision of life.
What’s buried in the rubble? Is there a better way? How to awaken, and to what?
When you show up for what’s showing up for you, and you acknowledge that you’re inherently blessed with the capacity to learn something new (a new way to look at what’s showing up, perhaps, or how you can show up differently), you’re better equipped to learn.Renew your devotion to what's new, changing, and expanding; you, too, will expand. Click To Tweet
To learn is to celebrate the wealth of possibilities that life has to offer. Learning offers a lifetime (perhaps more) of awe and adventure. To affirm that you’d like to keep learning in the face of whatever comes is a courageous act of self-care, a display of your abiding love for life on earth and the part you play in it.
Softening into the lessons we’re provided lessens the need to be “cracked open,” so to speak; we can learn more gently, with more compassion more often, rather than through resistance and force.
We’re Learning How Whole We Already Are
We’re on a path, always learning and unlearning. As the journey goes on, we’re encouraged to go in. There’s incredible beauty and searing pain, and a lot of in-between. Most of life happens in the “in-between,” and it helps to learn how to be okay with not knowing everything along the way.
With enough time and devotion, you can learn what you need to know in order to be where you’re most needed for the highest good of all.
In plain words, “should” isn’t a necessary word in the grand scheme of things, not where learning is involved. It’s not that you “should be smarter,” “should have done that,” “should have known,” “should have been there,” “should be something else;” you are who you’re meant to be right now (you always have been) because you’re eternally growing into (not away from) who you wholeheartedly already are.
You’re already whole, as you are, as you “should be.” You’re here now, learning, trying, doing, being. Life is always enough. You are on time. Your needing and wanting to learn doesn’t mean you’re incomplete right now; it means you’re engaged in the purpose-driven process of becoming more closely attuned to who you are.You're no less than someone who knows differently than you; you have your own path and lessons. Click To Tweet
Trade your discouragement for excitement, and the whole universe expands with you. Life is a journey where perfection is not required but enthusiasm is rewarded. Thankfully, none of us know it all. There’s room for expansion (I think that’s part of why we’re here).
Keep Learning, Satisfying Your Curiosity, Honoring the “In-Between” of the Known and the Unknown
Curiosity is a gift. It’s the gift of adventure, of discovery, of hope; ultimately, of life. Can we hold the lamp ourselves, lighting just enough of the way ahead to excite our spirit, intrigue our mind, and entice our heart? If we do, something shimmers inside, comes alive, is ready to reach out and play the edge of mystery. Life becomes our teacher; we take a vow to be teachable.
If you’re devoted to the evolution of your consciousness, there are no limits to your enlightenment.Life doesn't demand that we know everything, though it's quite insistent we stay open to change. Click To Tweet
It’s possible to be happy with what we know now, appreciative of what we’ve learned so far, and humbled by what remains a mystery—there’s room to live there.
Receptive to what might want to step onto our path, we can breathe easier when the obstacle is larger than anything we’ve come across before. There’s compassion available to us when we revere the process, less so if we bow to only one way of doing, being, and living.
There’s more than one way to do anything, dream anything, have anything, and be anything. Embrace that, and let that be how you live your life, and change doesn’t hurt so much. Suffering doesn’t come so readily where there is pain. Happiness doesn’t seem so far away, because you know there are lots of ways to be happy as you grow.
- Can you think of a recurring (type of) experience that you’ve been gravitating toward, for a long time or just recently; what keeps showing up for you? What might you be prompted to learn from this?
- What would you like to keep learning about while you’re here? Are there any arenas of life you’d like to explore in more depth? What’s holding you back, and what’s ushering you forward?
If this affirmation resonated with you in any way, please share your own insights, how you’ve sought to learn from the joyful and painful experiences, and any helpful stories of personal transformation and growth with me in the comments.
Share this with someone you know who loves to learn, craves growth, welcomes new experiences, and basically just appreciates the journey of being a human.
Practice appreciating (or at least humbly accepting) what is known while anticipating positively what has yet to be known.