Here at the frontier, the leaves fall like rain. Although my neighbors are all barbarians, and you, you are a thousand miles away, there are still two cups at my table.

Ten thousand flowers in spring, the moon in autumn, a cool breeze in summer, snow in winter. If your mind isn't clouded by unnecessary things, this is the best season of your life.

~ Wu-men ~

Sunday, October 11, 2015

How our Skills Grow

At Creative by Nature, there was a very good article on the mastery process, how our skills grow. An excerpt is below. The full article may be read here.

Skills and abilities only develop when knowledge is applied directly and used creatively in meaningful situations, not on multiple choice tests. This is as true for basketball and piano playing as it is for cooking, reading, karate, mathematics, parenting, democratic decision-making and brain surgery.

Our comprehension about something new deepens as knowledge is activated and applied. This is why concentration, effort and long-term practice are so essential. There is no way to bypass this process, because we are creative living beings, not machines.

Children understand this, intuitively. During the first years of their lives they learn quickly and informally- mastering their parent’s language, discovering how to walk, run, paint, play, sing and dance. In their early years learning is a source of great joy for them.00.

The mastery path of learning was well understood by our ancestors, both in the West and the East. In Europe, artisans and craftsmen have always trained new apprentices in this way. Likewise, traditional Eastern arts education places great importance on this process.

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