03 December 2006

The real value of training

I have been in a residential training program for the last week and am about half-way through the whole thing. Because it's one of those "think abouth things and then think about what you think about things" kind of programs, I've been on the look out for revelations.

The closest I've gotten to an "a-ha" is this: it doesn't really matter what training is about. Training is a mechanism to get people out of their everyday lives, out of their complacency, out of their autopilot. Once that happens, great awareness can happen. Or not, but at least if you slow down enough to hear your own thoughts you'll notice if you have any.

Which brings to mind a few favorite quotes:

"You cannot teach a man anything. You can only help him discover it within himself." --Galileo Galilei

"Every journey has a secret destination of which the traveler is unaware." --Martin Buber

"Of magic doors there is this: You do not see them even as you are passing through."--?

"There is more to life than increasing its speed." --Mahatma Gandhi

"Be here now." --Ram Dass

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