Have you been overlooking opportunities because of “programmed thinking?” Some people, even Yoga teachers, feel they do not deserve opportunities. They scratch out a modest existence because they have been programmed for less than optimum results.
What a loss of creativity to mankind it is; to have a mindset, which reinforces a lack of action, in the face of opportunity. Some people of extraordinary character are humble, and this is a wonderful quality, but a solution that can help all of humanity should not be withheld for the sake of humility.
There are Yoga teachers with fantastic mental, spiritual, and physical talents, who can contribute much more for the common good of humanity, just by taking some action. If success, abundance, and achievement were bad things, why do so many people spend their time “day dreaming” about it?
A dream is a start, because an idea, in the form of a dream, has the potential for real possibility. Every “man made” creation started as an idea or a dream. Medicine, philosophy, mathematics, language, Yoga, and much more, sprang forth from ideas and dreams.
Patanjali put his own ideas, and those from the past, into print. Should he have withheld the Yoga Sutras from humanity for the sake of humility? Of course not, and creativity should not be stifled, as long as it falls within moral and ethical guidelines.
What can any of us contribute to mankind? Our ideas should be applied to solve the problems, which plague mankind. If you want to help, but cannot understand where you fit in – you might want to make a list of the talents you have.
Now, how could you apply your talents to help one person or a group of people? If you are already teaching Yoga, you can see a lot of potential to help others, but Yoga is not all you teach. Everyone teaches someone, something new, every day. You do not have to be a “teacher” to teach.
Therefore, share yourself with others, but be prepared for positive and negative reactions. If you know in your heart that your ideas will result in solutions, toward “the end of suffering,” and they will not harm anyone, then you cannot “sit on your hands.” Do not be afraid to take a chance, when you have a good idea, which can help others.
In the words of William Shakespeare: “To thine own self be true.” Take the time for self-realization and get to know yourself. If you think abundance will corrupt you, make plans to contribute to a worthy charity.
Copyright 2007 – Paul Jerard / Aura Publications
Paul Jerard, E-RYT 500, is a co-owner and the director of Yoga teacher training at: Aura Wellness Center in, Attleboro, MA. He has been a certified Master Yoga teacher since 1995.