Life Long Learning: In trying to live out our way of life, we commit to lifelong learning in order to grow in wisdom and understanding. This isn’t purely academic learning, this is learning with a clear focus and purpose — to keep us from getting too comfortable.
Areas of learning to consider: Bible (read, memorize), creation, experience, saints, languages (human, music, and creatures),reading, writing. The importance of retreats . . .
If I had to sum up this entire section of the way of life with one word, I would choose curiosity. Sometimes, as adults, we lose our sense of curiosity. We get too bogged down in the day-to-day “adulting” and forget that we live in a magical and magnificent world surrounded by mystery and fantastic creatures.
Curiosity is one of my key values. It shows up every time I’m asked to define myself and my worldview. I strive to maintain a curious mind and to explore things that interest me. It is a value I have passed onto my (adult) children. We are always learning something and sharing the information with the family,
For me, one of my greatest joys is my Welsh classes. But why Welsh? I chose Welsh for a few reasons. I have a lot of Welsh ancestry and felt like a connection to the past would be nice. I love (LOVE) Arthurian legend. I was looking for a language that would really stretch my language learning skills.
Why do I stick with Welsh? It challenges us, inspires me, delights me, and I look forward to sitting down everyday to “do Welsh.” I am at the point where I can intersperse my thoughts (and speaking aloud to myself) with Welsh words. I chose an immersion style class — so the focus is on hearing, speaking, and comprehending. I’ve paired it with Duolingo for vocabulary building. I do find myself growing more and more ready to crack open a grammar and get down to the nitty-gritty of the language. That is year 2 and I’m only 130 days into my journey, so I’ll trust the process and see where it leads.
Learning Welsh has naturally led to learning about Wales: geography, stories, saints, food, holidays, customs, etc. This all feels like its leading up to a trip to Wales. That may just be a dream, but it feels right and natural. It feels like me.
In the past, and I really would like to resurrect this, I have kept track of what birds I see at the feeders. I would choose one, draw it, color in details, and then do a bit of reading in the bird books and on-line to learn more about the bird. I did one per week. I really think that next Fall when the feeders go back outside that I will keep my notebook and binoculars by the table. I never did the sounds of each bird, so that would make a nice addition.
Other ways I implement lifelong learning:
- my daily yoga & meditation practice
- my daily use of the BCP bible reading schedule
- keeping up with sustainable small farming information to make the best choices for our land, animals, and family
- Nightly gratitude list that has slowly morphed into Examen
- My new reading plan that centers around clusters (2 fiction, 1 educational, 1 memoir/biography)
- daily writing even if it never sees the light of day, just knowing that each day I will be writing something
- twice a month Spiritual Companion Group followed by a retreat day