Five Ways to Always Be Learning

Do you ever find yourself becoming stagnant with a certain routine? You go to school or work, do your thing, then come home, without using your brain to its full potential, or learning anything new, or expanding your consciousness?

Sometimes, it’s okay to fall into a rut because it’s exactly what we need to get up, shake it up and try something new. The minute you feel yourself being lulled into stagnation or an educational plateau is the moment you should look for the next thing to learn.

Not only does learning new things enrich our consciousness and take us to new levels of inspiration, creativity and knowledge, but to me, learning always sets a new fire within me, one that sets off a dynamic explosion of ideas, hopes, dreams, aspirations, you name it! The point is that when we open our minds to new things, it makes room for growth and expansion, which is the name of the game in this life.

Even at a young age, I knew I would be a lifelong learner. There’s nothing that sets my soul on fire more than an inspiring lecture, a philosophical Ted Talk, or a super thought-provoking book. Whether it’s to do with yoga, meditation, health, art, or culture, learning is a huge passion of mine, and if you’re anything like me, you’ll love the five ways to be constantly learning below:

1. Take a course. I just signed up for my first Continuing Education course at the University of Toronto, and I absolutely love it. Feeling like a student again is so much fun, and I always go to class feeling so excited to learn something new. The course you sign up for doesn’t have to be a pricey one: there are always tons of seminars and lectures going on for free around the city. Do a quick Google search and find one that sparks your interest. You never know, you might just meet a new friend there!

2. Get certified. I am all about the certifications: not only are they a great way to learn and expand your skills set, but they look awesome on your resume and you can feel a sense of accomplishment when they’re done. I recently completed my 200 hour yoga teacher training program, and it was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. I learned a ton, increased my confidence levels, and deepened my own practice, all while engaging with other like-minded peeps and established yoga professionals. If you ever get the chance, I would definitely recommend doing your TT!

3. Read, read, read. There’s no better way to learn and expand your mind than with reading. Whether it’s a novel, a non-fiction book or an online article, I try to read as much as I can whenever I can on a wide variety of topics to enrich my mind and gain inspiration. While it can be tough to find time to read between social media, work, exercise, etc., it is so worth it and it really does make you smarter and more creative (in my opinion!). 

4. Watch a documentary. There are tons of super interesting docs on Netflix and YouTube about almost any subject you can think of. I can’t get enough of spiritually-minded documentaries like I Am Not Your Guru about Tony Robbins, Awake about the life of Paramahansa Yogananda, and the Fairy Faith (you can find this one on YouTube! If you like fairies, it’s definitely a must-watch!). 

5. Ask questions. I love meeting new people because it gives me an opportunity to learn about things I never would have thought to look into before. Sometimes, we meet people in the most unexpected ways, and more often than not, it serves to broaden our horizons and see life through another’s eyes.

How do you like to keep learning beyond the classroom? Let me know in the comments below!

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