Are You Learning New Things During This Crisis

Eric Paskel
by Eric Paskel
June 06, 2020

Summary: A crisis is a perfect time for growth. Now is the most important time to connect to your hidden gifts and exercise your brain in a new way.

Try sharing a new project or hobby you started during this quarantine.

A Story about my Friend with COVID-19

I had a dear friend nearly die from covid-19. He’s still in very bad shape. But he is going to make it through. What’s interesting is that before this happened, he was a terribly independent, self-sufficient person to a fault.

When the mind gets into your self-sufficiency, you are no longer self-sufficient. You become a martyr, you become adamant, you become rigid. So he had some of that in him. He certainly did not like to ask for help at all, especially when he was physically so sick. He didn’t like to bother anybody. He didn’t like to be bothered.

The little tidbits I was getting through text messaging was that he was in a lot of trouble. So a few of his dear friends had to intervene because he had gone days without eating. And along with 100-degree fever, he wasn’t ever gonna make it out of his house.

So through the help of some people in his life, we got an ambulance to his house. Got him a bed where there were no beds in the hospital. Got him the medicine and the help he needed. We continued to help nurse him once he left the hospital.

He had to surrender to that help and he had to get creative and learn new ways of living so that he could receive the help he needed to live, literally. That’s how stubborn people can be. People can be set in their ways so much that their life could be on the line.

So this dear friend is much better now. And he wrote to all the people that helped, thanking them for their help and recognizing that he needs to make some changes, because living the way he was living was too disconnected, and too dangerous for his own well-being. He learned what he needed to learn, and now he’s a different person on the other end of that experience, a person with a lot more hope for the future.

How to Allow Yourself to Learn New Things During a Crisis

If you knew how to handle it, it wouldn’t be a crisis. If you know what you need to know, then there is no crisis. You have to learn something new to get your ass out of whatever crisis you’re in.

And that’s why continuing to be creative, inspired, and open to learning is so important in the face of this covid-19 crisis.

Learning something new dispels ignorance. The benefit of learning something new is that you won’t be the dumbass that you were.

I’m ignorant in a hundred million areas. So learning something new dispels some of that ignorance. It’s like saying, What does lighting a match in the darkness do? It sheds light. Do you want light shed in your life or not?

You face a ton of challenges because of attachment, because of the mind, because of the ego. The ego says I already know. So are you going to teach? I mean we’re in one of the craziest times you could ever be around, as far as I’ve seen in my 52 years. I can’t remember so many people being experts in something they know nothing about. So when you know everything, it’s very difficult to learn something. And when you’re afraid of information, you can’t learn anything new. You’re afraid of change. You won’t learn anything new.

The biggest challenge is that we block our own creativity through fear, attachment, old patterns, and beliefs. It happens because there’s a lack of self-sufficiency and independent thinking.

We get certain beliefs and behaviors pounded into our heads, and we are no longer able to learn about anything that would threaten that knowledge, that education, those belief systems in those behavior patterns.

How can you get out of blocking your creativity

You go look in the mirror and you say “I’m done with this. I can’t stand this anymore. I deserve to learn. I am capable of learning. I am capable of being open to stare myself in the face and convince myself that I’m worthy of it.”

So if you haven’t been creative so far in this covid-19 quarantine, now is the time to start. Start a new project or a new hobby. Intentionally set out to learn something new. And if you need it, get someone to help you.

And by “project,” I’m talking about the project of you. And that means activity which ensures that the “you” that you were before the crisis is different than who you are coming out of it.

And that’s the hope for you. The hope is that you’ll keep moving forward. Just be sure to inspire yourself to learn new things, no matter what’s happening around you.

The importance of doing your passion project during this time will fuel your purpose and keep your head up! I can’t wait to see what you can create! We got you!

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Eric Paskel

by Eric Paskel

As a teenager Eric hit rock bottom and ended up in a drug rehab and came out clean and sober. He eventually moved from his home town of Detroit to Los Angeles to pursue an acting career. Eric landed a role in the original Baywatch series and was living his dream, or so he believed. Despite his outward success, he remained lonely, unhappy, and unfulfilled. His personal life and his then-professional life hit rock bottom. This prompted him to start taking Yoga classes. Eric’s hunger for wisdom and to become the best version of himself fueled him to go deeper into Yoga and study under some of India’s most respected teachers.