Are you a lifelong learner? Do you value learning new things? If so, get a glimpse into what I call the inner work of learning in this short video.
I am a huge proponent of lifelong learning.
However, I’ve discovered that what I call the inner work of learning is something that isn’t talked about as much as external learning.
Let me explain the difference between the two.
External learning is pretty straightforward.
It’s what we usually think of when we talk about learning something new. It’s what most education and classes entail. You sign up for a class, pay the fee, take the class, and do the work to learn the material. Some examples of external learning include:
- Creative writing
- Play directing
- Learning a new sport
- Learning a new language
I am personally always involved in some form of external learning, and I believe it’s an important facet of lifelong learning. It has much value and potential to advance us in many ways. However, inner work, or internal learning advances us as well, but in different ways.
Internal learning, as you may have guessed, is related to the inner work you do in an effort to improve yourself personally.
Inner work can be done without taking a class because you can do it no matter what circumstance you find yourself in. It simply requires an ability to observe your thoughts, feelings, responses, habits, patterns, and other behaviors, and a willingness to make changes in those things if necessary to improve your life experience.
Inner work has the potential to improve our life experience no matter what we are doing. Inner work helps us learn better ways of interacting with ourselves and others so that we experience more peace, harmony, fulfillment, and satisfaction.
The best thing about inner work is that it can be done every day, all day long, and it doesn’t cost any money!
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