Hello my fellow human Beings:
As we enter the first few days of September, in many parts of the world (or at least many parts of North America), students are going back to school.
Whether it is elementary school, high school, college or university, scholars of all ages are eagerly embarking on the start of a new school year.
This time of year is the start of new beginnings for so many:
- a time to board the bus for change;
- a time to step into the uncertainty of a new classroom; and
- a time to open up to new explorations to expand the workings of the mind.
Going back to school provides students with the opportunities to:
- gain knowledge;
- develop skills; and
- cultivate a greater sense of who they are.
As David Agnew, President of Seneca College, stated:
“Education is important in terms of a person’s essential self-worth, their development and economic opportunity.”
Now going back to school is not restricted to just students entering educational institutions. Everyone is free to enter the School of Life Lessons.
The School of Life Lessons is a place where you have opportunities to:
- gain knowledge;
- develop skills; and
- cultivate a greater sense of who you are.
The School of Life Lessons is a place where you may:
- board the bus to ever-changing life circumstances;
- step into the uncertainty of a new classroom at home, work or play; and
- open up to new explorations of understanding how your mind works.
The School of Life Lessons is a place:
- where the price of admission is your willingness to engage in the world with an open mind and an open heart;
- where success is achieved through learning from past mistakes and failures and being willing to change old patterns of behaviour and thinking; and
- where graduation is an ongoing process.
John Rushkin, the leading English art critic of the Victorian era, was also an art patron, draughtsperson, watercolourist, a prominent social thinker and philanthropist. In all of his writing, he emphasized the connections between nature, art and society. In terms of education and its connections with society, he wrote:
“Education doesn’t mean teaching people what they don’t know. It means teaching people to behave as they do not behave.”
This is preciously the type of education you will learn in the School of Life Lessons.
The information about living an abundant life is likely not new to you. You have likely heard about it, read about it, and talked about it for years.
But have you lived it?
Have you changed your behaviours to experience life differently?
Have you changed your outlook, your perspective, and your actions, to experience life:
- a little less angry?
- a little less impatient?
- a little less victimized?
- a little less worried?
- a little less burdened by guilt and self-doubt?
- a little less ego-centred?
Life optimization coach, Dr. Joe Rubino, reminds us:
“If you continue to think like you have always have done – you will experience what you have always experienced. It’s time to break those unproductive thought and action patterns!
By upgrading your thinking now, you will begin to experience better quality results in your life on a consistent basis.”
So are you ready to go back to the School of Life Lessons now?
Are you ready to embark on the journey of gaining knowledge, developing skills, and cultivating a greater sense of the real You?
Are you ready to live your life more abundantly?
Well, pack your bag. Fill it with the daily essentials of:
- an open mind;
- an open heart;
- a keen interest in growing;
- a strong determination to keep practicing being still, breathing mindfully and being aware without judgement and without impulse reactions;
- a willingness to connect with the Teacher within you and within others; and
- a goal of strengthening your equanimity.
Then hop on the bus and get ready for the ride of your life.
Welcome to the School of Life Lessons and your path to an abundant life!