Because Life Never Stops Teaching
“Never stop learning, because life never stops teaching.”
I was one of those kids that enjoyed school, not just for the social aspects but for the learning process itself. I loved history and english, enjoyed geography, law and biology, and despised math. Probably because the concepts were lost on me past grade 10. While I liked art and music, I didn’t develop a special talent for either despite several years of piano lessons my parents insisted I take. The piano lessons were the first time I realized that I could practice something consistently, but if I wasn’t passionate about it (or more than mildly interested) I would never develop more than a mediocre proficiency. But what I did learn from those lessons was that I have a good ear for pitch and tone. And that I have an enormous appreciation for those who can play an instrument, or sing, with passion. To this day I’m awestruck by how a piece of music or a perfectly held note can evoke an emotional response. Several years ago I was lucky enough to hear Andrea Bocelli and Sarah Brightman sing in Toronto. Their voices, along with the orchestra, had the hair on my arms standing straight up. I couldn’t find a link to the Toronto concert, but here is one from a live performance they did in Germany, singing the same song. https://youtu.be/6YImcf302YE
Work is a dynamic way to learn each and every single day. Throughout each of my career transitions I’ve learned countless life lessons. Some delightful and fun and others painful and emotional. All important and helpful. They have shaped and molded me bringing me to this beautiful point in my life, and setting me up for who I will become tomorrow.
I have a crazy love for reading and taking seminars and workshops. I am a personal development junkie and love anything that has to do about the mind and body. Nutrition, exercise, neuroplasticity, the power of the mind, meditation, visualization, energy. All of these topics fascinate me. And that’s the wonderful thing about learning, it ignites a curiosity we sometimes never knew we had!
The one thing I want to learn and obtain this year is my Level III Reiki certification. Reiki is a Japanese word and is pronounced “Ray-Key”. “Rei” meaning universal and “Ki” meaning the vital life force energy flowing through all living things.
More specifically, Reiki is an ancient gentle hands-on method of healing that brings deep relaxation, peace, mental clarity and activates the body’s innate ability to heal itself. It may be used in any situation, and for any reason and can compliment other healing practices and speed up recovery time from illness and injury. There are three levels followed a master level for those that want to teach Reiki to others.
Reiki feels magical to me. It allows me to focus my ability to go within and connect to the energy that’s available to all of us. And like with all skills, the more I practice Reiki, the better I’m able receive the energy. I love sharing it with my clients, friends and family and see the shifts that can occur in their physical, mental and emotional well-being.
Remember the school field trip? It always felt exciting because it was a day out of the ordinary. You got to sit next to your best friend on the bus and learn something interesting. Our topic this week has inspired me to go on a field trip every month for the next year! Woo hoo, I’m going to choose somewhere I’ve never been before. I’m going to connect to this great big world with my only intention to learn something I never knew before and have fun!