How do you learn? What do you learn? What part of you is learning? Does what you learn serve you? Can you spend a full day without learning?
The practice of learning has many benefits; and most importantly, it expands your horizon and teaches your mind to stay flexible. Without being self-centered, anyone can learn more about themselves by being heart-centered. The more we learn who we are, the more lucid we can become. When we can recognize our patterns, distortions, and gifts we remember that our subjectivity is at the core of our perception and understanding. The more we learn about who we are, the humbler we become.
When we choose to learn about ourselves every day, we enhance our ability to listen with care so that we can pay attention to the parts of us that are quiet. The inquiry of the self requires persistence; we can’t learn when emotions take over. The inquiry of self is a discipline to stay awake so that we don’t have to live in constant reactivity.
One simple way to do this is to track your feelings, or your thinking (your self-judgments or your judgments of others daily). If you do, your mind will become more fluid, less anchored into polarity as you realize that your perception is not real, but simply a translation and expression of who you are at that moment. From there, you can be more present and able to embrace more easily what comes to you.