Learning can only happen when one is free from concepts, beliefs and preconceived notions. For learning to be complete the mind has to be absolutely quiet. In the absence of quiet mind the learning would always remain shallow and incomplete. Throughout our schooling, there has always been importance give to the mind, the way we think. We give too much importance to thought. The importance should be give to spontaneous living and living in the moment. Mind should be only used as a tool but at the moment with lot of us mind is using us as a tool. The only way we can see the nature of the mind is to be aware of the pattern of thoughts that rise and fall. Over a period of time we would realise that the thought pattern are very mechanical and goes round in circles. As we become more aware, we would slowly start becoming detached from the thought patterns as we would clearly see that we are not the thought. This realization itself would give a great deal of clarity and freedom in our day to day living as the thoughts in the mind might still be there but when you bring your attention to the thoughts it would lose its grip . The act of attention (which can be referred as non-action) becomes action without action. This is one of the Buddhist meditation is stated as acknowledging the thought and bringing the attention back to the breathing or we can focus with all our senses and energy to the thought that is occurring and slowly we can see it loses the grip. With Attention we would also realize that the observer and the observed is one and in that state of oneness there is no individual identity. This is where meditation can help !! You can try a similar experiment with anger or any other emotion. When a certain emotion arises in your body, give all the attention to it and you would see that the particular emotion would start losing it grip on you. Slowly, you would see that the body would adapt to this process and living with attention can become the norm in our lives. I am not saying that I am perfect but we all try and with this realisation we can improve our relationships with ourself as well as everyone around us. Eckhart Tolle's Power of Now and Jiddu Krishamurthi's Awakening of Intelligence covers this in greater detail and would be always grateful to the works like these which are helping in the Journey of knowing the self.