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Friday, November 8, 2013

When the Student is Ready

The rest of that sentence is: "the teacher will come."

Recently I have been wanting to move deeper into the philosophy of yoga and the meditation practice. Last weekend I went to the Yoga Journal Conference in Hollywood, Florida and took a one-day teacher intensive with Aadil Palkhivala. It was definitely a case of the teacher coming when the student was ready - his message and approach were just what I was looking for.

It's not a very good picture, but that's Aadil in the center, after the workshop was over

The keynote speaker at the conference was Marianne Williamson. Another case of the teacher arriving on schedule - she is brilliant and speaks so eloquently and compassionately about what is going on in the U.S. today. I bought her most recent book, The Law of Divine Compensation and had her sign it. She is a very special person - she took the time to speak with every person in line and to let them have a picture taken with her. Here's mine:


Me on the left, Marianne on the right

Anyway, I was just thinking how cool it was that I was looking for new teachers to take me in new directions and they showed up right on time. Does this ever happen to you?


8 comments:

  1. That's really cool. I'm sure it must have happened to me at some point, but I just don't remember :-)

    You look lovely in that picture.

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  2. I feel confident that you will be teaching others what you have learned/will learn/are learning too. Perpetual motion at its best.

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    1. Perpetual motion indeed. I do think I am meant to be another pass-through of what I'm learning - that's all I do as a yoga teacher really, is to share what I've learned. It's a good way to spend a life :)

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  3. How wonderful. Marianne Williamson is one of my favorite spiritual teachers. Her energy in person must be lovely. And yes, this happens to me when I open myself up. So glad for you.

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    1. Hi Karen. She was/is fabulous. She is running for Congress in CA as an independent and how wonderful is that?

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  4. I love this entire post and the photos are great, too. I got goosebumps reading "When the student is ready, the teacher will come." That's similar to one of my favorite mantras, Follow Your Bliss, by Joseph Campbell, which I just heard a couple of years ago, and when it was told to me, I had those same goosebumps! I'll have to look up Marianne. I haven't heard of her before, but if you and Karen Walker both love her, she must be fabulous! :)

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    1. Yes, I'm sure you will love her. I love all the writings on these subjects - the same stuff really, but expressed differently by different voices, because we all hear differently!

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