Life is a Process of Learning: What is your Your Life Teaching You?

Moyo Musings - Weekly Reflections for Growth

Life is a school. And you never get kicked out! There can be no mistakes - only learning.

But what is “learning”, anyway? When we say learning, we’re not talking about academic knowledge on a subject, a playbook of tips and strategies, or how many questions you can answer on Jeopardy. We’re talking about the inner transformation.

Every problem we encounter is designed to teach us lessons. Life will replicate the same problem over and over again, until we learn a lesson fully. The actors, settings and situations may change, but the fundamental storyline will remain the same. This is not a punishment. It is simply to bring about a shift in our attitudes and behaviors.

I’ll give you an example from my own life. I used to be an avid runner. It was my way of blowing off steam after a stressful day. I didn’t care if I was sick, or if it was raining outside. I would even run through injuries! I went through two minor accidents - on my knee and shin. But both times I neglected to see my lesson. The waiting period of recovery only annoyed me, and once healed, I’d immediately resume my reckless activity as usual.

Until one day I fractured my foot so badly, that I could barely walk, let alone run. I had to start working from home, and I couldn’t even complete basic activities like showering and buying groceries without assistance (at one point I was just hobbling on my knees). I realized how I’d never appreciated all the ways my body supports me. I learned to nourish and care for my body, rather than abuse it as a stress-numbing machine. My approach to exercise completely transformed, too, and I explored pilates, dance and other fitness techniques that allowed me to slow down. Life had a lot to teach me through my injuries, and once I finally learned my lessons, my exercise problems dissolved.

There is a purpose behind all happenings in life. In fact, we can be grateful for our problems, since they help us evolve. 

Take a look at your own life. Is there a problem you keep facing repeatedly? 

If you’re feeling stuck, try this simple approach.

  1. Identify the problem. You’d be surprised by how intentionally approaching a problem can lead to clarity.

  2. Identify the lesson(s) you might be learning. Is there a pattern that keeps appearing in your life? The deeper you can do the inner work, the greater the transformation.

  3. Actually learn your lesson! This may take time and the process will look different for everybody. 

Often there are multiple lessons and deep layers to each problem. So be patient and allow the process to unfold!

Nitya Naidu, Social Media Coordinator

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