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  • Writer's pictureSona Parmar

The Conveyor Belt

I am someone who is always learning. Something here, something there, something that invariably finds its way into my lifestyle (and subsequently my clinical practice).

However, of late, this rate of learning has started to reach an exponential rate. It feels like I can’t keep up, and at the same time, it like there’s not enough. It feels a bit like conveyor-belt sushi.

So, as I take a pause for some miso soup, I look at what I have been digesting and assimilating, and am marvelling at the way a handful of carefully chosen plates have made me so much stronger - all because I was hungry for exactly what was on offer.

It has changed my entire outlook of life - much the same way as when I realised that raw fish could constitute a meal.

“When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.”

I once heard knowledge being compared to a circle. As it becomes bigger, so does the circumference of the circle. This is a representation of what we don’t know. The more we learn, the less we know.

There are many things I still don’t know about culinary delicacies, but I would imagine that is smaller than what I don’t know about yoga or energy healing.

As a great master once told his students, “don’t get too cocky with all the knowledge I’m imparting; it’s a mere 2% of what I know!”

So while I acknowledge the need for humility, sometimes it can feel overwhelming at the bottom of this mountain of knowledge. How much is enough?

“Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit. Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.”

The question isn’t how much knowledge is enough, but rather how much are you applying? Are all the books you read simply an addition to your shelf-esteem?

Application. That’s it. Even if it’s just the tomato thing.

So I look at what I have learnt most recently…am I using it? Am I applying it? Has it fundamentally changed the way I do things? A million percent, yes.

So even if I (still) think I don’t know enough, I know I don’t need to worry. I am growing, I am changing, I am evolving and I am definitely smiling more. This has been a good day, a good week, and a fabulous few months to begin 2022.

And I look forward to all the glorious things I will soon choose to imbibe.

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