Everyone wants to be more happy. One of the keys to personal happiness is learning new things. But here’s a key for us: quite often UNLEARNING comes before authentic learning.
Instead of looking at things with a sort of full frontal assault, as if we already know all that there is to know about something, if we will be humble and hungry, we will benefit from authentic learning.
Benefit from authentic learning
I use the phrase ‘authentic learning’ purposefully. Many times, unlearning is a prerequisite for progressing in authentic learning. When we are biased, dogmatic, and closed off, our ‘learning’ is not authentic.
Instead of already having our minds made up, laden down with our presuppositions and hardened opinions, if we will but look at things again, this time more calmly and with a fresh humility, we will open our minds to new things.
A ‘beginner’s mind’ is a beautiful mind. It’s the mind of a child — questing, questioning, welcoming, learning. It’s supple and receptive.
As a master teacher, Jesus was brilliant with getting people to ‘deconstruct’ their thinking when needed, so that they could ‘construct’ new ways of seeing, new paradigms for living.
Albert Einstein said, “Never lose a holy curiosity.”
I’m certainly not suggesting that we open ourselves to just anything without any critical thought. What I am encouraging is for us to open up while using critical thought.
And remember, humility is vital. Pride kills just about everything, including authentic learning.
So what about it? Are you stagnant? Is there anything attitudinally that is hindering you from learning new things? How has authentic learning benefited your life?
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