A couple of weeks ago I was in a real mood. Every once in awhile I get in this what-in-the-heck-is-this-life-stuff-all-about-and-does-anything-I-do-really-matter kind of mood. It usually doesn’t last for long, but it does happen, as I’m sure it happens to most people.
It’s so easy to get busier beyond belief, running from one thing to another. It’s so easy not to take the time to actually look at another person while they’re speaking to you. It’s so easy to lose track of what’s really important.
As my husband and I set out on our nightly walk with the dog, which is always our time to check in with each other, I finally asked him, “Do you think what you do matters?”
“Like what?” he responded.
“Like, does it matter if you teach a kid to sing, or how to play an instrument correctly, or how long to hold a whole note in 4/4 time? “ (He’s been a music teacher for the past 18 years.) “I’m just wondering if teaching someone to really take the big step to get into Triangle Pose or to lean forward just a little bit in the beginnings of Toe Stand matters in the overall big picture of life.”
“Babe, you know the answer to this,“ he said. “You might not feel like a student is listening or even responding to you, but they are. Remember you’re not just teaching postures in a hot room, just like I’m not teaching music to a bunch of adolescents. Everything you teach is not about the subject matter, but about lifting others up to affect change.
And of course I know he is right. Teaching is about affecting change – in a person, a community, and ultimately all of society. I’m not just talking about teaching yoga, I’m talking about teaching anything, whether it be in a school, a studio, or at your local craft store.
But since this blog is all about yoga, if you finally achieve a goal in any given posture in your yoga practice -if it’s finally grabbing your foot in Standing Head to Knee, or starting to see the tips of your toes in Floor Bow – you start to believe in new possibilities. Possibilities not only for what you can achieve in your yoga practice, but in your life. Did you ever think you would finally get that far in a posture – that the goal was actually achievable? And suddenly you are there. What else is possible for you? Going after that job you always thought was just out of reach? Taking that leap and moving across the country to that place you always wanted to call home?
Life is full of endless surprises and teachers, whether they are someone that actually calls them self a teacher by profession or your best friend, neighbor next door, or that book that you just can’t put down. Teachers are everywhere.
Every morning as my husband leaves for school I say to him, “Have a great day. Be safe. Change the world.” We always laugh or smile, kiss and hug, and he’s off. We all get a chance to change the world – that’s why we’re here. To Change The World. It’s inevitable. Your very existence means you are here to affect change in some way. But it’s up to you as to what kind of change you make. Will you teach love and acceptance of others or will you teach hate, stress, and separation?
So, maybe I will never have the answer as to the what-in-the-heck-this-life-thing-is-all-about question, but…I’m okay with that. As long as I start the day with the intention to make this world a little more full of the good stuff and meet life with love, the mystery of it all will reveal itself eventually.
The time has come to shine a light for others and clear out the cobwebs of fear. So, I hope you have a great day, stay safe, and change the world…for the better.
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