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Charlotte Mason once said:
A blessed thing in our mental constitution is, that once we receive an idea, it will work itself out, in thought and act, without much after-effort on our part; and, if we admit the idea of ‘masterly inactivity’ as a factor in education, we shall find ourselves framing our dealings with children from this standpoint, without much conscious effort. (School Education, p. 28)
This is why I call it a “secret.” If you really come to a deep understanding of masterly inactivity, and adopt it as a good idea, application will begin to flow into your daily interactions with your children like a dam letting water out. No one has to push that water out; it comes of its own accord. In the same way, you’ll see a million opportunities to be masterly inactive.
And putting masterly inactivity to work in your home is a beautiful thing. You know that pressure release valve on top of your Instant Pot? All the pressure builds up inside — to the point where in most other situations it’d be dangerous — but you just flip that switch and all the pressure is released in a safe and controlled manner. That is the power of masterly inactivity. When you start to live this way, it releases the pressure — it removes so much of the stress we build up in our dealings with our children.
This talk will teach you everything you ever wanted to know about Charlotte Mason’s concept of masterly inactivity.
NOTE: You already own the video of this talk if you purchased the Leading Well retreat in 2017.