The slogan "the more you know" was advertised on television much of my childhood. Celebrities would share a few words about teachers who encouraged them to learn, read and study.
The picture above is just one stack of books that I'll read or study at some point this summer. One might notice that topics vary and that's important to me.
While it has been many years since I have sat in a classroom for "formal" education, I take great pride it my continuing education. One of the great advantages to wearing many hats in the health and wellness world, I have a plethora of areas of study to choose from and who my clients are.
Developing a rapport and communicating with my clients is key. With one particular client who is hearing impaired I am studying sign language to better communicate with her. Research says that nearly 90% of communication is non-verbal. Now I have the opportunity to really put that into practice.
Currently I am enrolled in a year long 1-1 yoga/meditation mentorship program. Here, I meet with a teacher once a week for 90 minutes and we discuss all aspects of yoga/meditation/dharma that happens both on and off the mat. From looking at how each body moves mechanically to stepping away from traditional sequencing to the 4 Noble Truths, I have started to look at the whole yoga and meditation practice through a different lens which allows for more tools in the tool box.
In addition to my professional studies, I also spend a great deal of time on "self-study." My therapist often recommends a book for me to read each session we have. They usually cover topics such as relationships, self emotional exploration and how to be the best version of yourself.
Much of my downtime is spent outdoors on a mountain one way or another; hiking in the summer and snowboarding in the winter. So reading about hikes and rock climbing helps to bring my passion of the outdoors together with health and wellness.
My grade school teachers would attest that reading comprehension was low throughout my childhood. Reading was hardly something I would choose to do on my own. But I have found a deep appreciation over the years and no matter what bag I have slung over my shoulder, I always have a choice between two books to choose from at any given point.
The more I know, the more I can share with you.