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Learning always lies in individuals - not institutions. Just because you
belong to an institution, it doesn't necessarily transfer the learning to
you. You will have to constantly make your own singular effort to make that
learning happen - for you.
Some of us think, learning can happen "from" others. But this, according to
me, is a misplaced notion. Learning rarely happens from others. It may
happen "because" of others or "through" others - but not from others.
For centuries we have sprawled on a "guru's feet" thinking learning (or even
sometimes enlightenment) will happen. Some of us even keep books below the
pillow at sleep time :-). The belief is the same - somebody will "give" us
learning. But that's not true, for me:
*Others can only stimulate you - you still need to do;
Others can only show you - but you still need to see;
Other can only explain to you - but you still need to think;
Others can only bring you to the well, but you still need to drink;
Many of us join classes, courses, institutions and even organizations
thinking that we would learn. But unfortunately that doesn't happen. People
go about wearing this degree
or the institutions name on their forehead touting their assumed intellect.
Converse is also true. A friend told me - "I am what I am because of this
institution I went to". I said to him, "Wrong - you are you because of
yourself. A particular piece of earth might be more conducive to growth of a
rose, but a rose bent on growing will even grow in rocks".
*The key to learning is then work - effort, diligence, and industry*.
And work requires energy. Our ancestors recognized the importance of WORK and
ENERGY as core to learning. That is why all our ancient institutions
expounded the gurukul system of learning where *work, effort, rigor and
discipline were key aspects.
But carrying much more potential, much more impact is an energy which many
of us miss - that is the *creative energy*. The sheer energy release when we
embark on a creative endeavour is truly unmatched. Time blurs, world around
us blurs, past and future blurs, when this creative energy drives our
complete being into a productive and industrious state of operation.
This is the energy of being in the present. As the neurons of our brain go
into a tizzy - in such an unleash of energy, we are absorbing, doing,
creating and most importantly learning. Creative energy is the energy of
freedom, where thoughts, emotions and effort freely mingle and explode in
many directions. The result is oneness with ourselves as well as the world
Each one of us would have experienced this in some form or the other - be it
cooking, gardening, writing a letter, sport, and so on. Creative energy is
the energy of doing - not from a mechanical state of mind - but from an
unleashed, inhibited and unassumed mind which is bent on experimenting,
exploring and experiencing - itself as well as the world around it.
So the question is what releases this creative energy. Very simply purpose
with passion and persistence.
For most of us, many things that we do serve secondary or unreal purpose -
like making money, or completing a chore. No wonder there is no excitement
(passion), we take shortcuts (no persistence) and we feel "tired" even
before doing it (no creative energy). "Oh no!" - is the beginning
But the moment we turn to something that we believe has a great purpose for
us, what we are passionate about, what we would like to persist with no
matter what odds - the great well of creative energy opens up magically
inside us - providing us with whatever resources we would ever need.
Gandhiji, Mother Teresa, Hellen Keller are just few names which come to my
*So if you are in search of learning - follow this flow:
Dream a passionate purpose - dive into it with full persistence - and with
your then released energy create!*
And if you in the business of teaching (which we all are) - I will ensure
children around me are passionate about a purpose that their potential has
dreamt off and then I would encourage them to follow their calling with the
true freedom of creative energy.
Let me conclude this with a quote from Gandhiji:
*"I claim to be no more than an average man with less than average
I have not the shadow of a doubt that any man or woman can achieve what I
if he or she would make the same effort and cultivate the same hope and
*Hai ya Ho*
Two age groups:
~ 3 & 4 yrs and
~ 5 & 6 yrs
~ Make whacky puppets
~ Create interesting characters using these puppets
~ Munch or cook some delectable stories
~ Using different methods EXPRESS (present your story)
*Jing ga la la *
Two age groups:
~ 7 to 9 yrs and
~ 10 to 13 yrs
~ Activities to work on voice, body and expression
~ Games to work in team - support each other to create magic
~ Play around with situations, stories characters, etc
~ Create stories messages and present them.
First week 26 to 30th Sep and Second Week 3 to 7 Oct 2011.
Your child can register for *either or both *weeks.
Are you an adult who has always wished to *work with children*
Are you planning to set up a
*Pre-School or a Day Care*?
Are you a *parent* and would like to make a significant difference in your
Geniekids brings to you an intensive training program to enliven, enhance
and explore your understanding of learning and children.
A program that change the way you think, do and administer learning.
A program that will empower you to empower children!
Interested? - The program has sessions twice a week.
Next in-class batch starts on *17th Nov 2011.
*Next online batch starts on *10th Jan 2012.**
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