Learning converts intellectual knowledge into experiential knowledge. Learning also converts something stressful into something comfortable.
Learning can only take place if stress can be processed into comfort. If there is too much stress, you will revert to habitual behaviors and contract in the face of the stress. If there is too little stress, you’ll act out your current behaviors with no need to change. You convert current behaviors into more effective ones by processing through stress. Finding the balance between too little and too much stress allows you to take appropriate risks, allowing you to learn while keeping risk of injury to a minimum.
To find this balance, you need to diminish your mind’s interference and tune in to signals from your body. These signals will let you know how well the stress is being processed and when it is time to add more. This approach will keep attention in your body, making you become aware of how well it is adapting.

figure 4-1Learning converts intellectual knowledge into experiential knowledge. Learning also converts something stressful into something comfortable.

Learning can only take place if stress can be processed into comfort. If there is too much stress, you will revert to habitual behaviors and contract in the face of the stress. If there is too little stress, you’ll act out your current behaviors with no need to change. You convert current behaviors into more effective ones by processing through stress. Finding the balance between too little and too much stress allows you to take appropriate risks, allowing you to learn while keeping risk of injury to a minimum.

To find this balance, you need to diminish your mind’s interference and tune in to signals from your body. These signals will let you know how well the stress is being processed and when it is time to add more. This approach will keep attention in your body, making you become aware of how well it is adapting.

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