Curiosity leads to learning

“It is simply this: do not tire, never lose interest, never grow indifferent—lose your invaluable curiosity and you let yourself die. It’s as simple as that.”

Tove Jansson

Curiosity often leads to learning, and this is certainly true for me on my current journey.  I started reading a book on art therapy, which led to reading another book and this began an interest in attempting to bring this into my practice.  One of the chapters in the second book introduced Sandtray therapy and then I purchased another book on this therapy, thinking that perhaps this was the art therapy that I could bring into my practice.  Further research and curiosity led me to a Graduate Diploma in Sandtray Therapy in which I enrolled earlier in the year.

As I write this, I am currently undertaking the training and whilst I am progressing through the course – I still need to complete all assessments and the five-day intensive to begin working with clients.  I am attending the online weekly meetings with the facilitator and other students and am beginning to look at the miniatures in the sand world with fresh eyes.  Having spoken to some students who attended the intensive recently, once this occurs – it begins to make sense and the fire reignites on the training.

Once I began the training, it did not take long to commence purchasing the start of my collection of miniatures.  This is ever-growing and the current collection is hidden away in my office space (although I do dot a few in my office a reminder that I need to keep working).  Apparently, the collection is ever evolving for those who begun this journey.  One of my fellow classmates was fortunate to purchase a collection from a retired therapist and the collection is magical to say the least and has probably saved her multiple hours of purchases and thinking of what to collect!

Whilst I wait for the next intensive to begin (I have booked in for September), I need to ensure that my curiosity remains to ensure that the drive continues to finish the bookwork prior to attending.  This may mean blocking out a period of time each week, to ensure that I am not overwhelmed with all the learning at once or to book out a day in which I dedicate to the training.  This has been going over in my mind for some time now and I think I am nearly ready to make this decision.  Especially given that I will need time for reflection and case studies once the intensive is sorted.

What piques your curiosity and what are you currently exploring?